Luck of the Irish: Race Day - EWS Round 3, Ireland

May 16, 2016
by Matt Wragg  



It's midnight, racing stopped some five hours ago and my ears are still ringing. While last year's turnout was amazing for this race, this year the fans turned it up to 11. There were more chainsaws, cowbells, horns and whistles than I've ever seen at an enduro race. Then there is the fancy dress, usually with some twist that means you wouldn't want your grandmother to see what was being worn on track. Like the Pope with a giant penis drawn on his leg... There are no fans quite like the Irish and I think most people in the circuit would be happy to bring them all with us to each stop. That kind of atmosphere changes a race. All the little niggles and imperfections fade into insignificance as it just lifts the whole event. So much so that riders with mechanicals were going to extraordinary lengths to get back to the pits to keep going just for the fans. More than a few of the top riders earned DNFs, missing stages after problems, but ended up going back up later in the day to put on a show for the fans. While Niall and the crew have undoubtedly put together a slick, professional event, it is the work they put into promoting it, and making sure that people come to watch it, that leaves so many of the riders and media going away thinking that this is one of the best races of the year.

And what a race the riders put on for those fans. In the women's field, Tracy Moseley returned to race for the fans and put on a masterclass in how to dominate an enduro race. In the men's race, well, where do you start? The lead chopped and changed throughout the day as riders' fortunes ebbed and waned. But as the day went on the unthinkable started to become real - local lad Greg Callaghan started to break through to the front of the pack... Hot on his heels were one of the greatest downhillers of our time, Sam Hill, and last year's series champion, Richie Rude, charging from misfortune to smash chunks out of the lead and come within a gnat's breath of upsetting the whole repeat fairytale. While last year's ride from Greg was stunning, he came in as an outside bet, few could dare to hope that he would bring it home. This year there was pressure, and there was an expectation. There were thousands of fans who in no small part came to see him win again. To deal with that in the way he did is astounding, and demonstrates a level of mental strength that few athletes possess. There are scarce few riders in the sport who have ever won at the highest level on their home soil - just ask riders like Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar or Fabien Barel how difficult and special it is to achieve once in a career. To achieve it twice is something even fewer have ever done. Greg is Ireland's first ever professional enduro mountain biker and as the man who brought the fairytale to life twice, his place in history for Irish mountain bikers is assured after today.



Trek Factory Racing fueling up for a long day in the saddle.
Trek Factory Racing fueling up for a long day in the saddle.

Wheels weren t a huge issue today but flats were a nagging problem for many.
Wheels weren't a huge issue today, but flats were a nagging problem for many.

Final checks and we are ready to race.
Final checks and we are ready to race.

With Tracy Moseley coming back to racing it meant her other half and long-time mechanic James was called back to duty too this weekend.
Tracy Moseley coming back to racing meant her other half and long-time mechanic, James, was also called back to duty this weekend.

Want to win an Enduro Better limber up.
Want to win an enduro? Better limber up.

We suspect he d have appreciated this...

IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article
IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article

Sam Hill s toptube this weekend.

Some people here this weekend knew Stevie Smith well, others admired him from afar - from Sam Hill running a tribute on his toptube, to a fan dedicating his chainsaw, it's clear from the tributes this weekend that his passing is a loss felt across the sport and around the world.

Jerome Clementz was his usual fast consistent self today but it could only get him to 11th this time.
Jerome Clementz was his usual fast, consistent, self today but it could only get him to 11th this time.

Cecile Ravenel took second place riding consistently to seconds and thirds across the board.
Cecile Ravenel took second place riding consistently to seconds and thirds across the board.

Early season standout Toni Ferreiro had a rough one today finishing well off the pace.
Early season standout, Toni Ferreiro had a rough one today, finishing well off the pace.

Anita Gehrig scored her best ever EWS result today - fourth.
Anita Gehrig scored her best ever EWS result today - fourth.

Caro Gahrig closely followed her sister taking fifth one spot behind.
Caro Gehrig closely followed her sister, taking fifth one spot behind.

Isabeau Courdurier took another podium today finishing third overall with a win on stage seven.
Isabeau Courdurier took the win on stage seven.

Richie Rude chasing down massive chunks of time.
Richie Rude chasing down massive chunks of time.

Tracy Mosely may be retired but she sure doesn t race like she s retired. T Mo took first by nearly 40 seconds.
Tracy Moseley may be "retired" but she sure doesn't race like she's retired. T Mo took first by nearly 40 seconds.

Another podium for Isabeau here in Ireland.
Another podium for Isabeau here in Ireland.

After a pretty brutal crash this winter that left her with two broken wrists Meg Bichard made her return to the EWS this weekend with a steady 10th.
After a pretty brutal crash this winter that left her with two broken wrists, Meg Bichard made her return to the EWS this weekend with a steady 10th.

Greg Callaghan Getting cheered on by the wild home crowds.
Greg Callaghan getting cheered on by the wild home crowds.

Martin Maes had some solid lines today but luck wasn t on his side.
Martin Maes had some solid lines today, but luck wasn't on his side.

Katy Winton drops into the gnarly rocks at the top of stage three.
Katy Winton drops into the gnarly rocks at the top of stage three.

Richie Rude is on unbelievable form right now taking five of seven stages wins and recovering from a 70th on stage two to get within five seconds of the win. He may not be the man on top of the box tonight but he is still the man to beat right now.
Richie Rude is in unbelievable form right now, taking five of seven stages wins and recovering from a 70th on stage two to get within five seconds of the win. He may not be the man on top of the box tonight, but he is still the man to beat right now.

Charging hard Cecile put up a good fight but in the end was no match for Tracy Moseley.
Charging hard, Cecile put up a good fight but in the end was no match for Tracy Moseley.

Rae Morrison always brings the style
Rae Morrison always brings the style.

Florian Nicolai took fifth place in the over all today.
Florian Nicolai took fifth place in the over all today.

Joe Smith was another World Cup DH rider to smash it this weekend in 9th... Flat pedals and all.
Joe Smith was another World Cup DH rider to smash it this weekend in 9th... Flat pedals and all.

Damien Oton finished sixth taking a win on stage two and placing fourth and third on stages five and six.
Damien Oton finished sixth, taking a win on stage two, and placing fourth and third on stages five and six.

Broken fingers would unfortunately slow Adrien Daly down this weekend in the U21 race.
Broken fingers would unfortunately slow Adrien Daly down this weekend in the U21 race.

Full focus for Theo Galy en route to his best every EWS finish in 4th.
Full focus for Theo Galy en route to his best every EWS finish in 4th.

Florian Nicolai contemplates what is ahead of him on the starting line of stage four.
Florian Nicolai contemplates what is ahead of him on the starting line of stage four.

Jerome Clements admitted he made no mistakes today. He just didn t have the speed.
Jerome Clementz admitted he made no mistakes today. He just didn't have the speed.

Damien Oton claimed his first stage win in a while today and although he couldn t quite stay at the front for the duration it marked a return to form after a difficult 2015 for him - he took sixth overall.
Damien Oton claimed his first stage win in a while today and although he couldn't quite stay at the front for the duration, it marked a return to form after a difficult 2015 for him - he took sixth overall.

What pushed Nico way down the order You messed it another victim of a puncture on stage two.
What pushed Nico way down the order? You guessed it, another victim of a puncture on stage two.

You could tell when Greg was coming on track today the volume went straight to eleven.
You could tell when Greg was coming on track today, the volume went straight to eleven.

How loud were the crowds today
How loud were the crowds today?

Yoann Barelli riding to seventh place overall. After the race he said That one was really hard one of the hardest.
Yoann Barelli riding to seventh place overall. After the race he said, "That one was really hard, one of the hardest."

Joe Barnes was closer to where he would like to be putting in several top ten stages results but having bad stages on six and seven dropped him outside the top ten once more
Joe Barnes finished further back then he would have liked, putting in several top ten stages results, but having bad stages on six and seven dropped him outside the top ten once more.

Damien Oton Chasing down a sixth place finish.
Damien Oton Chasing down a sixth place finish.

Martin Maes wasn t about to let some minor technical issues stop him - he figured that running on the rim worked well enough for Gwin so he would give it a go on stage four.
Martin Maes wasn't about to let some minor technical issues stop him - he figured that running on the rim worked well enough for Gwin, so he would give it a go on stage four.

It wasn t a great day for Anneke Beerten retiring after stage two but rejoining for stages five and six to ride for the fans.
It wasn't a great day for Anneke Beerten, retiring after stage two, but rejoining for stages five and six to ride for the fans.

Jared Graves was another name added to the long list of riders with punctures here this weekend.
Jared Graves was another name added to the long list of riders with punctures here this weekend.

Mark Scott was looking for big result today but came away with at 12th which errs towards solid rather than spectacular.
Mark Scott was looking for big result today but came away with at 12th which errs towards solid rather than spectacular.

Flat pedals on the gas. What a day for Sam Hill to take 2nd just a few seconds back after 25 minutes of racing.
Flat pedals on the gas. What a day for Sam Hill to take 2nd, just a few seconds back after 25 minutes of racing.

Bex Baraona is one of the younger women looking to break through onto the circuit - getting herself to every race this year as a privateer. A ninth today is a decent enough showing for the British youngster.
Bex Baraona is one of the younger women looking to break through onto the circuit - getting herself to every race this year as a privateer. A ninth today is a decent enough showing for the British youngster.

A flat and some wheel trouble pushed Josh Carlson way down the order unfortunately.
A flat and some wheel trouble pushed Josh Carlson way down the order unfortunately.

Greg Callagahn drew upon the luck of the Irish once again to make it a repeat here in Wicklow.
Greg Callaghan drew upon the luck of the Irish once again to make it a repeat here in Wicklow.

Yoann Barelli kept it consistent and inside the top 10 again this weekend.
Yoann Barelli kept it consistent and inside the top 10 again this weekend.

What is so impressive about Florian Nicolai s riding is the detail. In this corner he was simply sharper than anybody else on the gas pedalling again while most people would have been getting the bike lined up once more. It s only a fraction of a second but a series of these fractions down the length of a track adds up. He was right at the front today but slipped back to fifth as the day went on.
What is so impressive about Florian Nicolai's riding is the detail. In this corner he was simply sharper than anybody else, on the gas pedalling again while most people would have been getting the bike lined up once more. It's only a fraction of a second, but a series of these fractions down the length of a track adds up. He was right at the front today, but slipped back to fifth as the day went on.

The timesheets may look like it was easy but it was anything but for Tracy today - she had to give it all to maintain her familiar dominance and remind us how much we re all missing now she isn t a regular racer at these events.
The timesheets may make it look like it was easy, but it was anything but for Tracy today - she had to give it all to maintain her familiar dominance and remind us how much we're all missing now she isn't a regular racer at these events.

Theo Galy all smiles after a very long day.
Theo Galy all smiles after a very long day.

Richie crosses the line for 3rd as Greg Callaghan begins to celebrate from the hot seat.
Richie crosses the line for 3rd as Greg Callaghan begins to celebrate from the hot seat.

When you flat and finish 70th on stage two losing 22 seconds to your closest rival in the race and then come back to finish third overall... Just 4.6 seconds back.
When you flat and finish 70th on stage two, losing 22 seconds to your closest rival in the race, and then come back to finish third overall... Just 4.6 seconds back.

IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article

IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article
IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article

IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article

What can we say about Greg Callaghan? Repeating the win on home soil is unbelievable.

Flat f c i g pedals win medals.
Flat f*%king pedals win medals.

Shock of the day goes to Dan Wolfe. He raced most of the EWS season last year and came away with a bag of fairly average results. He always felt he could do more and showed thay today with a stunning eighth overall from a rider who most readers will probably never have heard of before.
Shock of the day goes to Dan Wolfe. He raced most of the EWS season last year and came away with a bag of fairly average results. He always felt he could do more, and showed that today with a stunning eighth overall from a rider who most readers will probably never have heard of before.

The last event. The square circle of doom ankle fighting thing. Sam Hill and Duncan Philpott battle it out whilst two men in the back ground clearly break the rules. If there really are rules.
The last event. The square circle of doom ankle fighting thing. Sam Hill and Duncan Philpott battle it out whilst two men in the back ground clearly break the rules. If there really are rules.

Greg Callaghan wasn t the only member of his family celebrate tonight - his cousin Killian smashed the Under 21 field to take the top step too.
Greg Callaghan wasn't the only member of his family celebrate tonight - his cousin Killian smashed the Under 21 field to take the top step too.

IMages from Luck of the Irish Race Day - EWS Round 3 Ireland article
A familiar feeling for Tracy Moseley.

While Greg had plenty of fans rooting for him at trackside today he also had nearly as many family with the Callaghan clan out in full force.
While Greg had plenty of fans rooting for him at trackside today, he also had nearly as many family, with the Callaghan clan out in full force.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries




81 Comments

  • + 81
 Looks like an awesome weekend going by the number of smiles. As much as i'd love to see Sam Hill ride DH for the rest of my days, wonder if we'll see him on the EWS circuit next year??
  • + 21
 You are unleashing fire and fury with that comment. Pink bikers are going to hate it if he does swap. Time will tell.
  • - 59
flag racecase (May 15, 2016 at 17:58) (Below Threshold)
 Enduro is when all the " retired" downhillers go.
  • + 105
 gotta like his style. flats, 27.5", aluminium frame, no enduro goggles or sunnies. just a straight up boss
  • - 11
flag mlr428 (May 16, 2016 at 3:04) (Below Threshold)
 Sam Hill-take your clips and your goggles and shove it.
  • - 17
flag Balgaroth (May 16, 2016 at 9:34) (Below Threshold)
 @racecase: Haters are hating because you put your finger on it ... I would add retired or not good enough. Show the "level" on this circuit compared to DH where Sam struggles to do a top 10 at the moment (as much as i like this rider its a fact).
  • + 6
 @Balgaroth: no it's not you don't have a clue what you are on about. Martin maes who still hasn't won an ews, absolutely destroyed the junior downhill field both times he has raced it. He will be racing again next week and I would not be surprised at all to see him get a top 10 in the elites. Richie Rude would be in with a very strong shout of the win, I have no doubt about.

Also, have you forgotten about Graves winning a DH silver medal in 2013? And what about all the dh riders that race and can't get anywhere near the positions they get in DH.

DH probably is the top level but this is not far behind at all.
  • + 4
 @racecase: didn't know Richie Rude was retired at 21 years of age...
  • + 10
 @mike365: I think the reason Sam Hill and Blenki do so well in in endure is because it is much more about technique and speed carrying than DH is.

The Irish EWS was all about cornering ability and not losing momentum. In dh you need big balls and that will gain you time if you are willing to take massive chances. While you need to be pinned in enduro, it isn't the same risk factor and technique is rewarded more.

Sam hill is one of the best cornering riders of all time. In one very difficult berm I was watching he was visibly quicker than the others. His cornering body position was an exhibition and he carried a ton of speed out. I bet rat boy would have done well in Ireland too.
  • + 4
 @racecase: at first you could throw that in because of voullioz of barel (hardly field stacked full of them), but now it's its own beast, Maes is a brilliant example: amazing skill combined with a fitness level that can piss 100km in a few days and still smash the stages at race pace. Love downhill but I'm loving Enduro too, hey it's all mtb racing init!? Props for the bait though ;-)
  • + 53
 So much respect for Steve Smith everywhere and from everyone.. Life goes on then.. You are not forgotten Stevie.
  • + 32
 Can't believe Greg pulled it out of the bag again. Amazing result.
For those who know Dan Wolfe the surprise was his average results from last year. This guy is an amazingly talented rider.
I was out with masters, between practice and liasons in the race i had chatted to a bunch of the pro's, All down to earth guys and gals more than happy to shoot the breeze on the peddle up.
The format where a Dad of four ( mtb end user) can shoot the breeze on his way to stage 6 with Jarred Graves on his way to stage 2 is pretty unique.
My family came up to support me and we all stayed on to see the pro's.
My kids where blow away by the displays of raw power and skill.
Then the was the alien with the anti gravity device Florian Nicolai pointing into the crowd off a booter on stage 6 and Greg Callaghan doing similar.
They will never forget that and the subsequent Roars.
The Irish round of EWS really is something special
  • + 18
 Great to see so many pics of the ladies racing, keep up the good work PB

Stoked for Greg, amazed by Richie and proud of Sam, looked like an awesome weekend of racing. Tracey is "retired" huh? Nice ride by Cecile but great to see Isabeau on the podium as well
  • + 2
 In every clip of Richie his riding was way too fast. Put that guy on the DH WC circuit and see what happens.
  • + 1
 @EKrum: Yeti does not make a downhill bike.
  • + 18
 Suggestion - Would love to read more of the stories behind all the mechanicals and such. Like where/under what conditions Rude flatted, and what it took to get down that stage. Guessing he wasn't running procore (who is?). And same for Beerten - why did she end her stage 2 early? (what is stage 2?). etc etc. Just some more context for everything.

Great coverage though!
  • + 8
 I was marshal at the bottom of stage 2 and four or five of the pros came down on flat tyres including Richie Rude. After the top section of rocks and open mountain it was a long physical run through woodland. Riders were coming down and huffing and puffing - you could hear the breathing before you could hear the tyres. Richie whipped off his rear wheel and put in a tube. There was no stress or impatience - himself and Josh Carlson and two others were all fixing flats at the same time. Scary moment when a twig went into Greg's rear wheel and snapped as he passed the finish gate on Stage 2. Sounded like it had gone into the rear mech, which would have been game over.
  • + 9
 Stage two started at the top of the hill. It is open mountain conditions, rock and peat. Soft and hard a ying and yang of conditions so to speak. Over the previous days practice the soft gave way to the hard ie holes formed in the peat and exposed even more rock. The start is techy almost Trials'y and right out the gate a you hit a compression which you had to bunnyhop out of up onto a rock slab. Speed and aggressive riding was the key. By race day there where rocks exposed in what had been previously a peat compression. It was a case of hit them fast and hard to make your line and possibly puncture or do what i did and not risk the puncture so early, not bring enough speed to carry over the top rock into the next section and OTB. It was a fine line.
  • + 6
 Yeah Beerten flatted literally at the very top of stage 2
  • + 7
 Wow - guys - thanks! That definitely gives a lot more color to those situations. Appreciate you taking the time to write this!
  • + 6
 @cecald: no bother, spent ages typing out my one liner! You owe me one!
  • + 17
 Glynn O'Brien is Ireland's first professional mountain biker, not Greg Callaghan. Amazing coverage, great photos! Such instantaneous race coverage is appreciated!
  • + 10
 I think Robin Seymour was Ireland's first professional mountain biker back in the 90's. Incredible to see him still on top form by winning the masters.
  • + 9
 Cue the Sam Hill / Chuck Norris comparisons...Sam Hill is so hardcore he doesn't even wear knee pads for the 'ankle-fighting' malarkey! Awesome event...a road trip for next season, to be sure, to be sure!
  • + 5
 only (1) pic of sam hill riding?!
  • + 7
 @ikaika: that's what happens when you start an hour before the top 20 racers. Sam was a stage ahead of the top guys all day long so unfortunately anyone following the too guys would never have seen Sam on track.
  • + 12
 Where do I get the sticker from Sam Hill's top tube?
  • + 15
 CRC should sell them with proceeds going to the fund.
  • + 6
 Was there yesterday the atmosphere was brilliant . He wasn't lieing you could hear the crowd from 2 and 3 sections back when Greg passed . It was a brilliant day all round .
  • + 6
 How can the article say, "Greg is Ireland's first ever professional mountain biker"? Ben Reid anyone? Pretty sure he is also a leprechaun isn't he?
  • + 1
 He's the first professional rider from the Republic of Ireland, both Ben Reid and Glynn O'Brien (who was also pro) are from Northern Ireland.
  • + 1
 @bobtjustice: Robin Seymour?
  • + 0
 @bobtjustice: actually Robin Seymour was the first, he raced cross country in the olympics
  • + 0
 @bobtjustice: so all in all Ben Reid and Glyn O'Brien were both Irish pros before Greg Callaghan.
  • + 8
 few words, many many pictures, thumbs up..
  • + 8
 Way to go Nigel Page...congratulations on 3rd place
  • + 7
 EWS is becoming a go-to for me like WC dh, that says a lot! Also, S.A.M. H.I.L.L.
  • + 7
 Great take of Greg's family at the end - that's what it's really all about
  • + 4
 Weird stuff going on with Damien Oton's bike in pic 3. Guide caliper on the front and code on the rear? Easton rear wheel and Race Face front? I realize they are all owned by the same company, but still strange to see.
  • + 4
 with flat tires playing such a large role in the results, I'm really curious to know what the podium finisher were running... Any chance for a bike check/tire spotlight PB?
  • + 5
 Rude's helmet reminds me of when Charlie Brown puts a pumpkin on his head to race moto....
  • + 1
 Anyone know what helmet it is? Like a batter's helmet.
  • + 6
 Trek Factory Racing reminds me of Team Iceland from The Mighty Ducks
  • + 2
 Great photos, though i m surprised a pic of the saw and chain tribute wasn't included above as I thought it was fitting. I uploaded a pic of it but it was my dad's phone not a camera so it's not great, with all the camera's up there yesterday I'm sure someone got a quality snap of the tribute.
  • + 4
 Hell yeah Greg! Homr is magic for this guy! But seriously, SAM F'in HILL!!! Flat pedals!?! So sick, so stoked for Sam to be on the box. EWS is awesome!
  • + 6
 Haha, the lady checking out Dan Wolf's package is so busted!
  • + 6
 That is Dan's lovely GF
  • + 6
 What helmet is Richie wearing?
  • - 2
 Giro prototype, not sure if it has a name yet.
  • + 6
 Gotta love the fighting spirit of the Irish at home.
  • + 3
 All this flat tires will have many racers considering procore, super gravity, double down, or full on DH tires. Maybe they were already? Anyone know what guys like Richie Martin and Jared were using?
  • + 7
 Richie was using a minion on the front with an aggressor on the rear with the new maxxis double down protection sidewalls. Jared looked to be riding 2 cut down Specialized HillBillys, Vouilloz also punctured what looked to be pretty much a XC tyre on the rear.
  • + 2
 Richie uses double down. Punctures still and always will affect racing.
  • + 5
 You really have to be there to appreciate the conditions and the forces those tyres are put under by the pro's
  • + 8
 lol remember 2 years ago in France when Justin Leov smoked everyone on day 1 by running DH tyres when half the field flatted on lighter tyres. Then on day 2 he chose lighter tyres, flatted and lost what would have been his first ews win.
  • + 6
 To be fair. Theres more rocks on stage 2 alone than there were on all of the Rotorua round last year. I think its fair to say no matter what they were running there were always going to be a few punctures
  • + 3
 @dh1stan:
I live here and carrick is my local,until I went tubeless with magic Mary's f/r and a ton of gunk,I was constantly flatting all over the hill!! It changes so much with weather/traffic there's always something ready to flat your tire when you think your safe!! I suffer the drag etc on th climbs for the protection going down. But yeh those exposed rock/peat scrip s can be lethal!!
  • + 4
 Very impressive effort from Sam.
  • + 2
 Turkey Scratch is the name of that great game, i'm fairly sure. Maybe something different to the Irish. Plenty of blood noses to be had.
  • + 4
 Amazing coverage guys. Thanks so much. Congrats to everyone involved.
  • + 3
 Sam looks pro as fuck without silly goggles on a half shell. Same with T Mo.
  • + 0
 In some sports (like sailing for example) you compete all stages and then you can discard your worst result.
The final result comes from the rest ''best'' stages.
Maybe this format can have a good application in EWS.
Just saying....
  • + 4
 Except they are timed stages so this absolutely cannot work unless they ride the stages more than once
  • + 2
 @browner: or you can just add each stage ranking and the guy withthe smalest add wins
  • + 1
 anybody know what helmet Richie Rude is running? looks like some sort of enduro helmet with fully covered ears. almost like an old school bmx open face helmet.
  • + 3
 Only one word to describe EWS: INCREDIBLE
  • + 3
 Thanks PB, Dave, Matthew and Matt!!!!!!! Made my day!!!!!
  • + 3
 flat pedals.. hell yeah!!!
  • + 0
 I thought full face helmets were compulsory during stages in EWS races? Especially after what happened last year and the discussions on the risks of Enduro racing? Anyone?
  • + 2
 Ireland looks like really fun terrain.
  • + 5
 Everyone is welcome to come to Ireland and ride these trails - there is lots more all within an hour of Dublin. All welcome
  • + 3
 I've only been to Ireland to surf, but now I can't wait to go back to mountain bike. The surfing community in Ireland was very welcoming as well, which isn't normally the case in other parts of the world.
  • + 2
 @Keitholbean: as a nation we are generally sickened by pretentiousness. Being up your own hole and self important is frowned upon. We are contractually obligated to be nice to you.
  • + 3
 Can he? yes he Callaghan
  • + 2
 Legit
  • + 1
 Did I miss Casey Brown and Sam Blenki somewhere? ?
  • + 2
 casey brown wasn`t racing ...fishing instead if you follow her insta account :-)
  • + 1
 Awesome photos as always!!
  • + 1
 This makes me homesick, well done all involved
  • + 0
 Joe barnes *closer, not a loser.

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