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Race Preview: Gravity Enduro Series 2019 - Round 4 Cahir

Aug 10, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

Welcome back! The fourth stop of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Series in Cahir, southern Ireland, not far from Cork, the second biggest city in Ireland. Top guns and usual contenders for podiums are gone for the EWS in Whistler so is a good opportunity for everyone to get some extra points looking forward for the general. Over the last few days the usual Irish summer, rain, sun, rain, sun, turned some sections on small rivers. Stage one, the longest one of the race with 1.5km and 200m drop, was like riding in a river. Organizers are already working to get it clear for tomorrow. Forecast for the night is a lot of rain so trails will stay as they are right now, muddy, slippery and fun. What it´s a mountain bike race in Ireland if there is no mud or rain?


With 19km and 754m climb with 5 physical stages, riders will have the exact balance of fitness demand and technical skills. Short punchy trails with roots ready to wash your wheels any moment. Stage 2 will for sure take some toll on the riders, some step slippery sections where staying on the bike can be almost an act of wizardry. Stage 3 with some off-camber sections will be a techy one to deal with. During training everyone had his bit of taste of the mud, impossible to escape from it. To finish the day SS5 start is fast and rough, dropping into a fast flowy section a long time ago used for the Irish downhill series.

First riders start tomorrow Sunday 11 at 9:30, all hope is lost and rain will play a big part in the results. Good luck everyone!

Everyone helps
Everyone helps

Fresh from the Irish Enduro Championships
Fresh from the Irish Enduro Championships

Races are good opportunity to hook up with old friends and keep in touch with the mtb scene
Races are a good opportunity to hook up with old friends and keep in touch with the mtb scene

Who doesn t love a good coffee before hitting the trails
Be sure to have your starting time written so you don t forget and take much time on your breakfast
Who doesn't love a good coffee before hitting the trails

Race plate pick up on the paddock everyone ready for the day
Race plate pick up on the paddock, everyone ready for the day

Climb to Stage 1 is the longest transfer section 4.5km take the riders to the start of the longest stage of the race
Climb to Stage 1 is the longest transfer section, 4.5km take the riders to the start of the longest stage of the race

Nothing better than a big smile after a good muddy trail
 Kids wanna have fun
"Kids" wanna have fun
Let s enjoy it lads
Let's enjoy it lads!

Series women leade Leah Maunsell from Kona stopped by for the trainings but she will not race tomorrow as she is leaving to USA for the next stop of the EWS in North Star California. Good luck Leah
Series women leade Leah Maunsell from Kona stopped by for the training but she will not race tomorrow as she is leaving to USA for the next stop of the EWS in North Star, California. Good luck Leah!

the young rider Hannah Mullin does not hesitates a bit and tackles all sections without double thoughts
the young rider Hannah Mullin does not hesitate a bit and tackles all sections without double thoughts

Gancho Todorov really liked the trails felt like home on the muddy slippery trils


A usual top10 Garreth Davis from Biking.ie team happier than ever
A usual top10, Garreth Davis from Biking.ie team happier than ever

Drew Armstrong looked fast all day had some issues with his seat post but that didn t stop him
Drew Armstrong looked fast all day, had some issues with his seat post but that didn't stop him

Overall series leader Harry Byrne enjoying himself on Stage 3
Overall series leader Harry Byrne enjoying himself on Stage 3



On the way to stage 5
On the way to stage 5

Bit of hike-a-bike to get to the start of stage 5
Bit of hike-a-bike to get to the start of stage 5



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