The third round of the Vitus First Track Cup 2019 played out over a perfect weekend of racing in Big Wood, Warrenpoint. Without Leah Maunsell, Kelan Grant, Harry Byrne, Jack Devlin or Drew Armstrong, the podiums were due to look a bit different to last round.
After non stop sun for couple of days, mud was almost nonexistent but still the roots were there to cause some issues. With just about 20km and nearly 600m of climbing across six stages, the day was not designed to be a gruelling one in the saddle. But not much climbing means lots of pedaling on the trails, physical flat sections and a lot of pumping and bike handling in between the trees to keep speed. It was definitely not an easy one for sure.
On women's side, Hannah Harvey started with a second place on SS1, with the win going to Meave Baxter, but Hannah swiped clean the rest of the stages winning the overall by 18 seconds.
In the men field, it was a battle in between young Ben Irwin and veteran Glyn O'Brien. Ben won the first two stages, then Glyn took over to win next two. Ben recovered some precious seconds on the SS5 and placed himself second on the last one. Glyn O'Brien got couple of fifths positions that landed him second overall just 5 seconds behind Ben Irwin. Ruaidhri Forrester, a visitor from Scotland, was constant threat on all the stages and even won the last one. He finished third, just 0.72sec behind Glyn O'Brien.
The third stop of the series takes us back to Ravensdale on June 22/23. It was initially planned to be Rostrevor but there are unexpected changes beyond organizer's control. Stay tuned for more news!
1st. Ben Irwin — 13:32.07
2nd. Glyn O'Brien — 13:37.08 +0:05.01
3rd. Ruaidhri Forrester — 13:37.80 +0:05.73
4th.James Mac Ferran — 13:55.98 +0:23.91
5th. Andy Yoong — 13:59.04 +0:26.97
1st. Hannah Harvey — 16:19.24
2nd. Meave Baxter — 16:37.85 +0:18.61
3rd. Hannah Mullin — 17:26.43 +1:07.19
4th. Lorraine O'Sullivan — 17:57.52 +1:38.28
5th. Leah Mc Carthy — 18:24.96 +2:05.72