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!Who doesn't love a good coffee before hitting the trails"Kids" wanna have fun