And just like that, the 2019 season comes to an end. After 5 races, the Vitus Gravity Enduro Series closes another great year in Carrick. Couldn't ask for a better day to enjoy possibly the best area for mountain biking in Ireland. There is a reason why the 3 EWS that took place in Ireland where done on Carrick Mountain. And all 340 participants could have a taste of that on a long but fun day for many riders. With 5 stages to go, starting at 9:30 for some was not enough, staying hydrated and having something to put in your stomach was key for the day. There was a short half-hour break in between SS3 and SS4 as the third stage ended just a few meters from the paddock area. For many, it was a life savior in order to take a breath and for others was the perfect opportunity to do some quick repairs on their bikes.
Starting stage was not a game, several riders ended this one with punctures and snake bites. The rock garden midway down caused some damage and for several riders, the race ended up as fast as it started. Greg Callaghan took the win, as he continued to do during the rest of the day. Killian Callaghan followed him closely, just giving up 4th stage to Simon Carlsson. The third stage as expected was the longest one of the day, with Greg winning with 3:44.46 taking 5 sec over Killian. Lots of pedaling on the bottom that certainly caused some legs to feel the pain on each pedal stroke. After the short stop for lunch, the long awaited by public, stage Four, with a steep chute, step down, kicker, sender, ski jump, launchpad, big skyrocket, call it as you like, it made everyone crazy and all cell phones were ready waiting for the riders. Current downhill Irish champ, Ronan Dunne, may have not won the race, but man he did won the unofficial irish long jump contest on this section. Once done, up again to the shortest stage of the day with a physical bottom section where more time could be won or lost, depending on your energy reserves.
Greg Callaghan was the undisputed winner of the race. Leah Maunsell did the same on women field with Maeve Baxter coming into second and Hannah Mullin 3rd.
This race marks the end of the season and the overall series. Five races, five locations, Ballinastoe, Killaloe, Slade, Cahir and Carrick Mountain, each one with something different to offer. With a good mix of natural and man-made trails for everyone to enjoy and have a great day doing what we all love the most: riding your bike. See you next year!
Carrick race results
1st. Greg Callaghan 13:38.70
2nd Killian Callaghan 13:56.32 +0:17.62
3rd. Daniel Wolfe 14:21.55 +0:42.85
4th. Harry Byrne 14:28.24 +0:49.54
5th. Ian Coates 14:30.10 +0:51.40
1st. Leah Maunsell 16:50.67
2nd. Meave Baxter 18:05.40 +1:14.73
3rd. Hannah Mullin 19:32.42 +2:41.75
4th. Brigitte Egan 20:49.00 +3:58.33
5th. Bernie Commins 20:53.62 +4:02.95
Overall series 2019 results
1st. Harry Byrne 770pts
2nd. Greg Callaghan 750pts
3rd. Ian Coates 480pts
4th. Emmet Callaghan 480pts
5th. Ronan Dunne 410pts
1st. Leah Maunsell 1000pts
2nd. Hannah Mullin 710pts
3rd. Meave Baxter 620pts
4th. Jennifer Wark 270pts
5th. Brigitte Egan 220pts