Race Report: BikingBlitz 2020 - Round 3 Derroura

Mar 8, 2020
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

The third race of the BikingBlitz series 2020, in Derroura, Galway, marks the halfway point to end of this year's series. Derroura mountain bike trails, located not far from Galway and on the entrance to Connemara national park, has a long tradition with the BikingBlitz, this is the 10th anniversary. Three hours drive from Dublin makes some riders to think twice if the weather forecast is not the best and being the west coast, usually, the weather is not so good. All Saturday heavy rains and winds made the trails impossible to ride, for anyone trying to test the conditions, myself included. For Sunday some showers where expected.

About 140 riders in total showed up, in between adults and kids. The kids, once again you need to cheer them up for real, under rain and hail they did their loops without thinking twice. Their faces pushing to the finish all wet and cold, indescribable. The juniors started the race together with the adults as they did one full loop, same as the Baggy Shorts category. SuperPros, as usual, 2 loops. The loop in question is known Derroura loop, 15.5km with +343m and lot of exposed sections where wind and rain could make things even harder for the riders.

And indeed it was hard. We had hail, rain and sun in constant loops, with non-stop wind. It was really hard just to finish, the race was a big effort. On the International Women Day seems they wanted to enjoy as much as possible and lot of them battled for the podium on the Baggy short category with Sinead Waters winning just under one hour, Ali Loughney and the veteran Ciara close by. In the SuprePro women, 4 more riders showed up, with Leach McCarthy winning, closely followed by Jenny Kilbride and third Niamh Stephens. In Juniors just one girl, Stephanie Roche, third on the overall in juniors in 1h00m15s. With this win and the first race in Ballinastoe, Leah McCarthy is the current leader of the series for the SuprePro Women category.

The SuperPro men category had some of the usual names missing, and one-third of the participants didn't finish due to mechanicals. Garreth Davis, the current leader of the series, had a puncture halfway round the first loop when was comfortably leading with more than 4 minutes. Paul McCarter ended up winning, followed by Nathan Commisky and Gavin O Connell. With his 4th place, Garreth secures his series leader position in the Super Pro category.

Next race in two weeks in Ticknock, just outside of Dublin, expect a big numbers of riders and lots of fun! See ya!

Winter is coming...ohhh, no, sorry, Irish spring

Kids getting ready for their turn

Mass start for the XC lads

Steel is real, prototype captured on the second photo, 3 front rings, who would have thought about it

Did we said it was wet?

Trails or rivers?

Don't forget to have fun!

Sun showed up at some point

Slippery boardwalks, more than one had some issues here

Hail, rain, sun, wind, repeat

Garreth Davis pushed hard a puncture on the first lap put him out of the podium
Garreth Davis pushed hard, a puncture on the first lap put him out of the podium

Jenny Kilbride pushing hard in the finish spring

SuperPro women podium

SuperPro men podium
SuperPro men podium

All the podiums

Baggy Shorts Men

1st. Jaroslaw Kinal 0:48:12
2nd. Piotr Rutecki 0:50:28
3rd. Keith Morris 0:51:05
4th. Scott Coyne 0:51:06
5th. David Long 0:51:18
Baggy Shorts Women

1st. Sinead Waters 0:59:21
2nd. Ali Loughney 1:06:45
3rd. Ciara 1:08:35
4th. Michelle Dunne 1:15:10
5th. Laura Tighe 1:21:36

SuperPro Men

1st. Paul McCarter 1:25:11
2nd. Nathan Commisky 1:25:42
3rd. Gavin O Connell 1:28:42
4th. Garreth Davis 1:30:31
5th. Joe Jones 1:37:50
SuperPro Women

1st. Leah McCarthy 1:49:49
2nd. Jenny Kilbride 1:50:31
3rd. Niamh Stephens 2:05:53
4th. Katrin Frenzel 2:15:02


1rst. Shane O Sullivan 0:47:50
2nd. Cillian O Shea 0:53:22
3rd. Stephanie Roche 1:00:15
4th. Cian Bichard 1:03:33
5th. Liam Duffy 1:15:54

MENTIONS: @VitusBikes


  • 2 0
 It was a good soft day anyway.
  • 1 0
 indeed it was!! thanks for dropping by! \m/

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