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Race Report: Gravity Enduro Series 2019 - Round 5 Carrick Mountain

Sep 8, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


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!

Leah Maunsell and Harry Byrne overall leaders on the Women and Men categories.
With this race, the series comes to an end, with Leah Maunsell and Harry Byrne as overall winners

Getting ready for the show
Getting ready for the show

National enduro champ Leah Maunsell happy to be racing on home soil before heading to the last stop of the EWS in Zermatt
National enduro champ, Leah Maunsell, happy to be racing on home soil before heading to the last stop of the EWS in Zermatt

Vanlife at its best
Things you see in the paddocks

Some people take they angle levers really seriously
Some people take they brake levers angle really seriously

Kelan got sick night before the race so he couldn t race
Kelan got sick night before the race, so he couldn't race

Young Hannah Mullin got herself into the podium and kept the 3rd overall in the series keep an eye on this yound lady
Young Hannah Mullin got herself into the podium and kept the 2nd overall in the series, keep an eye on this young lady



Greg Callaghan knows this tree perfectly well 2 wins on the EWS 2014 15 say it all
Greg Callaghan knows this tree perfectly well, 2 wins on the EWS 2014/15 say it all

Glyn O Brien always delivers top10 for him
Glyn O'Brien always delivers, top10 for him
Emmet Callaghan
Emmet Callaghan

Ian Coates got a good day on the saddle taking 6th on the race
Ian Coates got a good day on the saddle, taking 6th on the race

The people heroe everywhere he goes Greg has a legion of fans
The people's hero, everywhere he goes, Greg has a legion of fans

The steep chute step down kicker sender ski jump launch pad big sky rocket call it as you like it was mad. I would say Ronan Dunne won the unnoficial irish long jump contest
The steep chute of hell, it was simply mad and Ronan Dunne the craziest of all

Greg kept his fans entertained on the SS4 sender
Killian also did send it

Dan Wolfe meant serious business all day 4th for him back racing on home soil didn t send the steep chute on SS4
Dan Wolfe meant serious business all day, 4th for him back racing on home soil, didn´t send the steep chute on SS4

Harry Byrnes man of the day overall series winner

Greg won all the stages although the battle with Killian was close
Greg won all the stages, although the battle with Killian was close

Emmet Callaghan had a good day finishing on 8th position
Emmet Callaghan had a good day finishing on 8th position

Killian Callaghan grabbed 2nd

Super Vet Men 50 podium with Mark Keating
Super Vet Men (50+) podium with Mark Keating
Paul McLoughlin Bespoke Cycles overall winner on Veteran Man 40-49
Paul McLoughlin, Bespoke Cycles, overall winner on Veteran Man (40-49)

Junior category overall podium with Brendan Corry from Bespoke Cycles as the winner
Junior category overall podium with Brendan Corry from Bespoke Cycles as the winner
MasterB 35-39 category with Philip Mullan from CRC Belfast as the overal leader
MasterB (35-39) category with Philip Mullan from CRC Belfast as the overall leader

Teams podium with Expert Cycles on the top
Teams podium with Expert Cycles on the top

Leah Maunsell overall winner of the women category
Leah Maunsell overall winner of the women category

Harry Byrne Expert Cycles overall leader of the series on the Pro Men 14 category with Greg Callaghan and Ian Coates
Harry Byrne, Expert Cycles, overall leader of the series on the Pro Men (+14) category with Greg Callaghan and Ian Coates

Carrick race results

Pro Men
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
Pro Women

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


All categories winner of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Series 2019 see you next year
All categories winner of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Series 2019, see you next year!!

Overall series 2019 results

Pro Men

1st. Harry Byrne 770pts
2nd. Greg Callaghan 750pts
3rd. Ian Coates 480pts
4th. Emmet Callaghan 480pts
5th. Ronan Dunne 410pts
Pro Women

1st. Leah Maunsell 1000pts
2nd. Hannah Mullin 710pts
3rd. Meave Baxter 620pts
4th. Jennifer Wark 270pts
5th. Brigitte Egan 220pts



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2 Comments

  • 2 0
 Awesome race!

#gearboxFTW
  • 2 0
 What a weekend! Awesome trails in perfect weather.

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