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Race Report: Gravity Enduro Series 2019 - Round 2 Killaloe

May 19, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

Write it down: Killaloe, your new destination to have some good craic with your friends. And we had fun for sure at the second round of the Gravity Enduro Series 2019 in Ireland. Each and every rider agrees that this location has some mint trails, with a great balance of physical and technical sections. It has been a perfect day, some drops of rain in the afternoon didn't affect terrain conditions. By the end of the day, some corners were blown out, and the lines that on training day were barely visible, on race day were there for you. But that didn't stop some riders having issues navigating the roots and trees on the trails. Tons of trees ready to smash your pinky finger and get some valuable seconds off your time.

The winner of the day, Ronan Dunne, all smiles for the young rider from team Biking.ie. Winning 4 out of 5 stages means he was all for it without any discussion. Harry Byrne from Expert Cycles/Silverfish ended up second and was the only one to take a stage win from him. Jonathan Maunsell got his head clear and battled all day with Harry for the 2nd position, a sixth position on the last stage made him lose that second step of the podium. Ian Coates Biking Dirty and Emmet Callaghan Team Ross completed the top 5 pro men positions.

On the women results, Leah Maunsell continues to be the one to beat, she won all the stages ending the day with a 31-second advantage over Hanna Harvey Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast. Hanna also was riding with confidence and got second on all stages, followed by Meave Baxter Cuchulainn/RCR in third. Ruth Doorley MAD and Hanna Mullin Green Bikes/TrailDemons CC completed the top 5 women.

Next stop, Slade, Co Dublin, 15/16 of June, stay tuned for more racing on the Emerald Island!

Yeap here you are you start in 5min...
It s all about having fun with your friends enjoy the day and have some laughs
It's all about having fun with your friends, enjoy the day and have some laughs

Jack loose and fast on SS1 Three Halves. He lost his chip on the first stage so he just enjoyed himself the rest of the day
Jack loose and fast on SS1 Three Halves. He lost his chip on the first stage, so he just enjoyed himself the rest of the day

Ian Coates 4th on the overall
Ian Coates, 4th on the overall

Michael Lee navigating the upper loose section of first stage with best views possible
Michael Lee navigating the upper loose section of the first stage with best views possible

Peter Davison missed the top5 for just 3sec started slow with a 13rd position on first stage but recovered on the rest of the stages
Peter Davison missed the top5 for just 3sec, started slowly with a 13th position on the first stage but recovered on the rest of the stages



Jason Murphy got 7th on the overall those roots on the 4th stage caused some damage
Jason Murphy got 7th on the overall, those roots on the 4th stage caused some damage

Leah had some issues with her drop post while climbing to third stage. With some help she could continue and finished the race
Leah had some issues with her drop post while climbing to the third stage. With some help, she could continue and finished the race

Jamie McCullough last rider into top10 overall
Jamie McCullough, last rider into top 10 overall

Race over
More punctures that you would want good to have friends on those moments

Watch for those trees
Watch for those trees!


Emmet Callaghan flying to the end of the fifth stage
Emmet Callaghan flying to the end of the fifth stage

Can t touch this
Did it end up well What do you think

Brendan Conroy watch out for this lad
Brendan Conroy, watch out for this lad

Michael Lee was fast all day 9th on the overall for him
Michael Lee was fast all day, 9th on the overall for him

Garreth Davis didn t had the race he wanted ended up on 23rd overall not his usual position
Garreth Davis didn't have the race he wanted, ended up on 23rd overall, not his usual position

Race finish time to fill up the tanks
Race finish, time to fill up the tanks!

Time to double check Strava and see who s winning
Time to double check Strava and see who's winning
No Strava needed Sportident provinding the timing
No Strava needed, Sportident providing the timing

Teams podium
Teams podium
Senior men 20-29 podium
Senior men (20-29) podium

Pro men podium
Pro men podium

Pro Women podium
Pro Women podium

He still don t know how to open the bottle so the old guys show him how is done
Team work

Race end time for some rehidration
Race end, time for some rehidration

Results

Pro Men

1st. Ronan Dunne — 10:58.81 Team Biking.ie
2nd. Harry Byrne — 11:07.78 +0:08.97 Expert Cycles / Silverfish
3rd. Jonathan Maunsell — 11:14.19 +0:15.38 Team Ballyhoura
4th. Ian Coates — 11:33.97 +0:35.16 Biking Dirty
5th. Emmet Calllaghan — 11:34.18 +0:35.37 IMBRC
Pro Women

1st Leah Maunsell — 13:31.23
2nd Hannah Harvey — 14:02.86 +0:31.63 Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast
3rd Meave Baxter — 14:10.22 +0:38.99 Cuchulainn / RCR
4th Ruth Doorley — 15:19.44 +1:48.21 MAD
5th Hannah Mullin — 15:29.27 +1:58.04 Green Bikes / Trail Demons CC



MENTIONS: @ChainReactionCycles / @VitusBikes



7 Comments

  • + 4
 Great report! What an epic day on the trails!
  • + 1
 indeed it was!
  • + 2
 Jeez, I finally get my photo on pinkbike and I'm bending over fixing a puncture! Great report on an awesome weekend on savage trails tho.
  • + 1
 jajaja!! next time hide!! or you can blackmail the photographer with couple of pints Wink
  • + 3
 Unbelievable race cant believe Mullvihill beat Brian Bliss
  • + 2
 Great post. Hoping to take part in the Cahir round
  • + 1
 see you there! it's gonna be awesome for sure

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