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Race Preview: Gravity Enduro Series 2019 - Round 3 Slade Valley

Jun 16, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  
Hopefully tomorrow will have less of this

The third stop of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Series 2019 to take place in Slade Valley, just 30min East from Dublin. 250 riders will get into the wet muddy trails tomorrow to battle for the podium. Greg Callaghan and Kelan Grant, without EWS racers on the near weeks, will also participate and add to the already big number of top-notch riders looking to get the overall win of the series. After a couple of days of the usual Irish weather, with no stop rain, the terrain is completely soaked and wet, roots like snakes will be the big concern for the weekend.

The race will be a short but physical one, 6 stages in 15km with 570m climb, the longest stage is also the fastest, the 6, that has a surprise for everyone on the lower section, approximately 100m of hard climbing that will make more than one rider get their heart rate through the roof. Shortest section SS2 with just 545m but -82m descent, meaning there will be some step sections to deal with and with current muddy trails, it will be hard to stay on the saddle.


Starting the day let s hit it boys
Starting the day, let's hit it boys!

Camper life is the way to go



Fun and good craic that s what matters
Fun and good craic, that's what matters

Garreth Davis fast on start of SS2
Top section of SS2, watch out for these two lads, serious podium contenders

Focused on the next switchback
Focused on the next switchback

Wood wet mud as result some riders went down but no injuries or expensive bike parts broken safe to race tomorrow

Inside line puddle outside line drifting
Inside line, puddle, outside line, drifting

Fast bottom section of SS1
Fast bottom section of SS1

Keeping it safe those wooden features are slippery
Keeping it safe, those wooden features are slippery

Struggling with the wet roots
Roots are the name of the game

Those eyes have seen things you can t imagine riders winning crashing flying through the mud
Those eyes have seen things you can't imagine, riders winning, crashing, flying through the mud

top section of SS4 fast and flowy all stages start from the same point easy for everyone
top section of SS4, fast and flowy, all stages start from the same point, easy for everyone

Parking spot for the weekend perfect to have a comfortable and quiet night
Parking spot for the weekend, perfect to have a comfortable and quiet night


Hannah Mullin fresh from her podium in the Under 14 Girls Mini Downhill Mountain Bike race in Fort Williams same weekend as the WC Downhill
Hannah Mullin fresh from her podium in the Under 14 Girls Mini Downhill Mountain Bike race in Fort Williams, the same weekend as the WC Downhill
Riding with views
Riding with views

Relax after training time to chill out and enjoy the Sun
Relax after training, time to chill out and enjoy the Sun

Muddy day trails were better by the end of the day but still slippery and wet
Hardails for the win

Chilling out before training
Chilling out before training

Greg and Kelan having some fun and looking for a rad day racing
Greg and Kelan having some fun and looking for a rad day racing


Regions in Article
Slade Valley


2 Comments

  • + 2
 Great weekend, thanks for the write up and photos!
  • + 2
 you're welcome! really enjoyed the day! looking forward for next weeked Irish Championships!

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