What an amazing day for racing folks! After several days of raining but a full Saturday of sunshine and wind, Sunday morning provided the riders with the best conditions possible. Although the first riders to start at 9:30 still found some mud on the first 2 stages, top seeded riders departed at 12:30 and found almost perfect trails to ride.
Starting with Holy Grail rider Kelan Grant (CRC) made it seem easy, winning by over 4 seconds from the U21 Harry Byrne and 5 seconds over the also U21 Drew Armstrong (Vitus First Tracks Race Division). Next was Red Alert with some tight switchbacks and pedally muddy sections. On this stage, it was Kelan again grabbing the win, extending his lead. Second was James MacFerran (Cycleology Racing) and third Ben Irwin (Mech Monkey).
Next, the stage that many considered to be the best one of the race, stage 3, Old timer. Fast. It was almost dry and the riders could enjoy more speed and loosen the brakes. Kelan Gran,t fresh from the first two EWS rounds, came first again, almost cementing his overall win. Harry Byrne and Drew Armstrong repeated 2nd and 3rd respectively after Kelan. Last but not least, Born Slippy, with some DH features, jumps and doubles, to end the day with a big smile on everyone's faces. No need to say it, Kelan won with a comfortable 7second margin over the youngsters Harry Byrne and Drew Armstrong. There's some good fresh blood on the Irish races that stand out, with these young lads.
On the women category current Irish champion Leah Maunsell had almost a full stage win, a crash impeded her to win the last stage, grabbing 3rd, but enough to win the overall. The battle for the 2nd and 3rd places was in between Hannah Harvey (CRC) and Meave Baxter who swapped positions on almost every stage. Hannah won the last one and Meave was second, Leah came third and lost almost 20 seconds but had enough in reserve to keep the 1st place.