2017 Tower Insurance Sports Aid Scholarship recipient was pleased but also slightly disappointed in what proved to be a strong showing for the Manx mountain biker at the 2017 island games in Gotland. The mountain bike cross country race (which also had a team medal) and criterium race (again with a team medal) were the two events.

In the cross country race over a hilly and straight forward 11 lap course, Nic took the lead early and tried to break the pack, eventually doing so with two laps to go. Only team mate Elliot Baxter and a Guernsey rider could hold the strong pace set and on the final lap, Nic kicked for home on the steep climb and dropped Elliot. With the finish line looming a spint finish was on the cards. Nic struck for home only to pick a tighter line and getting bogged down in some sand which gave the Guernsey rider half a bike advantage, Nic was unable to regain at the line, finishing a disappointed 0.4 seconds behind for a silver medal. Consolation was a team gold as the Isle of Man Team were the highest placed.   

The criterium was held over a shorter more compact course designed for close racing. At the start Nic kicked hard to test the fields legs and stretched away until mid way through the 1 hour race when a small group including the Guernsey rider who won the cross country pulled Nic back. Nic knew they would have had to work hard to get back at him and he pushed the small group hard until the final climb where he struck only taking the Guernsey rider with him. As they came into the finishing straight, he kicked for home and took a different line over the same finishing area to avoid the sand, comfortably winning the race and the gold medal, along with the team gold.

Nic commented "Overall I am pleased with the way I rode but still a little annoyed to lose the cross country race in the way I did. I would like to thank Tower Insurance for their continued support. This has enabled me to focus my training and allow me to travel to compete with the UK elite riders"

Tower would like to congratulate Nic on his success.

Nic Corlett Island Games 2017