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Race Report: First Track Cup 2019 - Big Wood

May 13, 2019
by Yaroslav Alpizar  
Have fun that s what matters
Have fun, that's what matters

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!

This is enduro pedal is key
This is enduro, pedalling is key



Fingers pointing to that number What do you think
Catching some breath


Emmet Calllaghan first U21 made it count
Emmet Calllaghan made it count and came first in U21s.


Ben Irwin had a flawless race to get the win on the overall
Ben Irwin had a nearly flawless race to get the win overall

Pedal dammit Non stop pedaling on Big Wood trails if you want to get into the podium
Pedal dammit! You need to be non-stop cranking on Big Wood trails if you want to get into the podium

Beware the tree Chris
Beware the tree Chris.

Blue bells everywhere unbelievable conditions for the weekend

One of the few open sections of the race with outstanding views of the surroundings. Tommy Magnenant improved his results from the 1rst race in Ravensdale and got 2nd on U21
This is one of the few open sections of the race, with outstanding views of the surroundings. Tommy Magnenant improved his results from the first race in Ravensdale and got 2nd on U21.

The more exposed sections of the trails were already bit dry and even dusty if you can say so about trails in Ireland
The more exposed sections of the trails were already bit dry and even dusty - it's not often you can say that about trails in Ireland

J-Mac got the podium on MasterA and 4th on the overall
J-Mac got the win in Masters and 4th in the overall

Coming from Scotland Ruaidhri managed to get into the podium with a fast smooth riding
Coming from Scotland, Ruaidhri managed to get onto the podium with a fast smooth riding

Young guns comparing their times
Young guns comparing their times

Team Cheanreaction Cycles Belfast not just the riders behind the curtains mechanics look after their bikes and also help anyone else on the races doing some basic check and maintenance
Team Chean Reaction Cycles Belfast. Behind the curtains the mechanics look after their bikes and also help anyone else on the races doing some basic checks and maintenance.

A donation from the organizers to the St. John s hospital for an ambulance lot s riders are save thanks to them.
A donation from the organizers to the St. John's hospital for an ambulance, lots riders are safer thanks to them.

Youth 12-13 podium Callum Morris Jay Mccord Clark Logan

Veteran Men 40-49 podium Glyn O Brien Andy Yoong Derek McLaughlin
MasterA 30-34 with James Mac Ferran and Mark O Hara

U21 podium Emmet Calllaghan Tommy Magnenat and Frazer Morrison

Women overall podium with Hannah Harvey Meave Baxter and Hannah Mullin
Women's overall podium, with Hannah Harvey, Meave Baxter and Hannah Mullin

Overall podium Ben Irwin Glyn O Brien and Ruaidhri Forrester
Overall podium, Ben Irwin, Glyn O'Brien and Ruaidhri Forrester

Kicking off the day
That's a wrap!

Results

Pro Men

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
Pro Women

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



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