Three in one for this weekend in Ireland: 2019 Irish Enduro Championships, the third race of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup and EWS 2020 series qualifier.
All this together makes this race by far the most physical of the season for the moment but that doesn´t stop 285 riders to get the best of it. Been an EWS qualifier event, there are some basic rules to follow and one of them is mandatory to have +15min in total between all the stages. The third stage of the race will make up for about almost one-third of this time, expect times of around 4-5min for the top riders. A long technical stage, with wild rock gardens to navigate, slippery and rooty sections that will make riders struggle to get to the bottom without crashing.
In total, 5 timed stages, to complete around 26km and +1200m. Queen stage will definitely be the third one, but anything can happen inside the forest with tons of puddles and still muddy conditions even after a couple of days of sun. There is some rain forecasts for tomorrow after 1 pm, hopefully, current sunny conditions stay in for the full race day.
All top riders will be battling to have the honor of using the Irish Champ sleeve for the next season. Leah Maunsell, Hannah Harvey, Greg Callaghan, Kelan Grant, Killian Callaghan, Harry Byrne, Scott Wallace, Glyn O´Brien, Jack Devlin, even Nathan "The Lizzard" McComb has come from sunny Malaga to test himself against the best and see if a season out of racing has taken a toll on his skills, and from today's training, we can say that he still has some trick or two under his sleeve. Sadly, young gun Ronnan Dune is out for tomorrow after a crash on SS3, he twisted his ankle badly and can not race, heal up Ronnan!
Racing starts at 9:30 and last riders to depart will be the elite category at 12:30. Stay tuned for the race report.these ones caused more than one crash today