flag

Race report: Gravity Enduro Series 2019 - Round 3 Slade Valley

Jun 17, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  
Your winning bikes

One more race in Ireland, one more rainy day...wait!! no! didn't rain! Conditions for today's race were perfect, totally different from yesterday training. At the end of the day, some riders didn't even have mud on their faces. Mint conditions for the 3rd race of the Gravity Enduro Series in Slade valley, with near 250 riders registered and enjoying a great day in the saddle. The forecast was rain starting at 12, but there was no sign of the rain when the last riders started their race, some of the trails were almost dry, with just some puddles remaining from previous days of rain.

As on previous occasions, Leah Maunsell dominated the women field, almost swiping all stages, except the third one where Hannah Harvey managed to get to the bottom 3s faster than Leah. One minute and a half behind them, young Hannah Mullin was 3rd, on a close battle for that position with Eilis Davey (0.1sec behind) and Caitriona Brady (2sec behind), both three were inside the same 3seconds split.

In the men's field, things were bit more tight between the two best Irish riders of the moment, Greg Callaghan and Kelan Grant. Both were constantly battling throughout the day, with 4 stages win for Greg and 2 for Kelan. It was finally Greg who took the win with 3.26s ahead of Kelan. Harry Byrnes was consistent through the day, getting a 2nd after Greg on SS2, 3rd on SS1 and three 4th places that allowed him to complete the top3 overall men podium, finishing 22.88sec behind Greg Callaghan. Drew Armstrong and Scott Wallace had a hard battle for the 4th and 5th position on the overall, where Drew managed to win by 2.98sec.

After 3 races the current Gravity Enduro Series standings are:

Pro Men

Pos Names Total (pts)
1st Harry Byrne 520
2nd Greg Callaghan 500
3rd Kelan Grant 400
4th Ronan Dunne 330
5th Drew Armstrong 280
6th Emmet Calllaghan 280
7th Jonathan Maunsell 260
8th Scott Wallace 230
9th Peter Davison 212
10th Killian Callaghan 170
Pro Women

Pos Names Total (pts)
1st Leah Maunsell 750
2nd Hannah Harvey 600
3rd Hannah Mullin 470
4th Eilis Davey 250
5th Leah Mc Carthy 240
6th Ruth Doorley 240
7th Meave Baxter 170
8th Lorraine O'Sullivan 160
9th Alda Leite 160
10th Caitriona Brady 130

Garreth from Biking.ie wasn t satisfied with his performance 28th overall at the end of the day
Garreth from Biking.ie wasn't satisfied with his performance, 28th overall at the end of the day

Roots bloody roots
It didn t rain today but still some puddles to navigate

Harry Byrne secured 3rd on the overall podium with consistency on all stages here at the end of SS4
Harry Byrne secured 3rd on the overall podium with consistency on all stages, here at the end of SS4

Peter Davison had slow start 29 on SS1 but recovered through the day to finish 7th overall
Peter Davison had a slow start, 29 on SS1, but recovered through the day to finish 7th overall

Kelan on the bottom of SS4 some off camber sections made the bottom part tricky
Kelan on the bottom of SS4, some off camber sections made the bottom part tricky

Emmet preferred to keep it low and not loose time on the air 6th on the overall
Emmet preferred to keep it low and not lose time in the air, 6th on the overall

Flying for the public
Send it

Ross Ennis fast on SS6 finished 13rd overal 11 on SS5 and 6 his best
Ross Ennis fast on SS6, finished 13th overall, 11 on SS5 and 6.

Greg champion of the people sending it for the public
Greg, champion of the people, sending it for the public

Leah Maunsell won all except one of the stages dominant as usual flying with her Kona
Leah Maunsell won all except one of the stages, dominant as usual, flying with her Kona

David Montgomery sucking all air possible on that nasty climb at the end of SS6
Race number plate 1 Peter Boaden ML Syndicate WNT Tooling ended up 9th on the overall

Every breath of fresh air helps on the last climb on SS6 before finishing
Every breath of fresh air helps on the last climb on SS6 before finishing

Yesterday on trainings it was mandatory today at race not much trails were on mint conditions after 48h without rain
Yesterday in training, it was mandatory, today not so much, trails were on mint conditions after 48h without rain

Hannah Harvey Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast managed to win SS3 but not enought to get to the first overall
Hannah Harvey (Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast) managed to win SS3, but not enough to get to the first overall

Kelan Grant should know what it is about
Kelan Grant should know what it is about
Waiting for their start good weather all day helped to enjoy the race even more
Waiting for their start

Thankfully no riders was on the trail at that moment
Deer crossing one of the trails on the starting section, thankfully no riders were on the trail at that moment

As it was not wet enough some riders splashing before their runs
As it was not wet enough, some riders splashing before their runs

Harry Byrne Expert Cycles fast as usual together with Scott Wallace took some precious points for the team overall standing.s
Harry Byrne (Expert Cycles) fast as usual, together with Scott Wallace took some precious points for the team overall standings

Scott Wallace Expert Cycles had two very good runs on SS2 and SS6 grabbing 3rd on those and 5th on the overall
Scott Wallace (Expert Cycles) had two very good runs on SS2 and SS6, grabbing 3rd on those and 5th on the overall

Relax after the race watching the top riders pass by

those lads are hungry after the race, you know'em?

Junior men 14-16 podium
Junior men (14-16) podium

Teams podium Expert Cycles on the top spot followed by Vitus Monkey and Team Ross
Teams podium, Expert Cycles on the top spot, followed by Vitus Monkey and Team Ross

Women podium
Women podium

Elite riders podium
Elite riders podium

Results

Pro Men

1st. Greg Callaghan 11:59.06
2nd. Kelan Grant 12:02.32 +0:03.26
3rd. Harry Byrne 12:21.94 +0:22.88
4th. Drew Armstrong 12:25.96 +0:26.90
5th. Scott Wallace 12:28.94 +0:29.88
Pro Women

1st. Leah Maunsell 14:58.23
2nd. Hannah Harvey 15:28.83 +0:30.60
3rd. Hannah Mullin 16:32.44 +1:34.21
4th. Eilis Davey 16:56.10 +1:57.87
5th. Caitriona Brady 17:06.89 +2:08.66





MENTIONS: @VitusBikes / @ChainReactionCycles


Regions in Article
Slade Valley


3 Comments

  • + 3
 Great report, thanks
  • + 2
 Nice race
  • + 1
 Good report lads but photos are not great.

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv14 0.018152
Mobile Version of Website