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Race Preview: Gravity Enduro Series 2019 - Round 4 Carrick Mountain

Sep 6, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


Welcome to Carrick Mountain, home of the EWS 2014, 2015 and 2016. This weekend the known Irish region of Wicklow will see the last race of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Series 2019. Carrick Mountain is the location selected for the event and the race will be up to its location. Tomorrow the riders will face a long 30km and 996m of climbing and the same descending, all in 5 special stages. With 340 riders registered and an amazing weather forecast, it will be a busy day on the trails. It hasn't rained in a couple of days so the loam is perfect, no muddy or slick rocks to deal with, is all about fitness and letting go of the brakes.


Located just about 30min drive South Dublin, Carrick makes a perfect encounter point for southern and northern riders, and with its terrain variety makes everyone enjoy each inch of the trails. The first stage of the day will be Full Gas. 1.3km and -214m, perfect to wake up. With a couple of big rocks and a rock garden section will make the riders to quickly get into business. Follow up with the flowy and fast Shoot me/Liam Neeson, to then get into the longest liason of the day to get to Slip n'Slide, the longest stage of the race with 1.6km and -219m. Emerald Express will follow, and legs will burn looking to the last section of the day, the pedaling Vegas trail, the shortest of the day but with a middle section where after almost 30km legs will be burning and each pedal stroke will make it count.

Expect all the best national riders to be on the trails trying hard to get those top positions. Leah Maunsell fresh from her last EWS and before departing to Zermatt will be battling with Hannah Mulling and Meave Baxter for the women overall. Harry Byrne has secured his 1rst overall position but for sure will do his best to get that podium. National enduro champ Kelan Grant, Greg Callaghan, Killian Callaghan, Drew Armstrong, Ian Cotes, Glyn O'Brien, Emmet Callaghan, Scott Wallace, Ross Ennis, Chris Brown, Paul McLoughlin and lot more will be tomorrow in Carrick Mountain, craic is guaranteed.

A day at the race coffee always needed
A day at the race, coffee always needed

Once registered time to pick up the race plate and on the meaintime check the race route
Once registered, time to pick up the race plate and in the meantime, check the race route

Two generations of irish downhill Glyn O Brien has for sure more than couple of tips for young Ronan Dunneh to suceed on the DH World Cup
Two generations of Irish downhill, Glyn O'Brien has for sure more than a couple of tips for young Ronan Dunneh to succeed on the DH World Cup

Showing some skilzzz
Roisin Hickey hit the deck hard at the start of the training day seems nothing is broken but she will need to take a rest from her riding get well soon Roisin
Roisin Hickey hit the deck hard at the start of the training day, seems nothing is broken but she will need to take a rest from her riding, heal soon!

Everyone want to enjoy the mountain
Everyone wants to enjoy the mountain

Checking some lines before the real thing
Checking some lines before the real thing

Leah Maunsell enjoying herself this race serves as prepartion for the last race of the 2019 EWS in Zermatt
Leah Maunsell enjoying herself, this race serves as preparation for the last race of the 2019 EWS in Zermatt

Chris Brown wants to keep his leadership on the Senior men category
At the start of the known Full Gas trail SS1 couple of big rock rolls where Leah felt at home
Chris Brown wants to keep his leadership on the Senior men category

A short but tricky rockgarden mid way down on SS1 no problems here for the national champ Leah Maunsell
A short but tricky rock garden midway down on SS1, no problems here for the national champ Leah Maunsell

Ronan Dunne current Irish DH national champ also goes full enduro the rockgarden on SS1 just send it
Ronan Dunne, current Irish DH national champ also goes full enduro, the rock garden on SS1 just send it

Send it for the crowds
Send it for the crowds

Brendan Conroy loose on SS1
Focus

Is all about having fun


Keeping the mechanicals to a minimum is also important but having someone to help is also important
Keeping the mechanicals to a minimum is also important, but having someone to help is also essential

Not everyone needs 12s


Ross Callaghan on the open section on top of SS3
Ross Callaghan on the open section on top of SS3

Ross Ennis will be battling to keep the top10 overall on the ProMen category
Ross Ennis will be battling to keep the top10 overall on the ProMen category

Brendan Djouceman Conroy is the current leader of the Junior category and is commited to keep it that way
Brendan "Djouceman" Conroy is the current leader of the Junior category and is committed to keep it that way

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Chainreaction Belfast as usual providing mechanical services for all riders on the races
Chainreaction Belfast, as usual, providing mechanical services for all riders on the races




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 Some excellent photos from what was another great event. Keep up the good work.

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