The season finale for the Vitus First Track Enduro Cup in Castlewellan. The (in)famous Irish weather held until the last minute and all riders raced under the same circumstances. Kelan Grant and Meave Baxter closed the season with a win in their categories, making them both Queen and King of the Mountain of the 2019 Vitus First Track Cup.
Although during the night there was some rain and the day started completely gray and windy, there was no rain until past midday. Starting at 9:30 the first riders found some slippery bits, but no puddles or muddy conditions. As the day advanced conditions got even better and by the look on everyone's faces, they enjoyed the day. Open sections were totally dry so it was a matter of letting the brakes go and sending it for the crowds. The loam was perfect inside the forest but some roots here and there caused some carnage, no injuries but indeed some seconds were lost to the black slippery snakes from hell.
Meave dominated the field without her biggest nemeses, Leah Maunsell and Hannah Harvey. Behind her, the young Hannah Mullin grabbed second place with a strong demonstration, coming 2nd into all the stages. Cliona O'Kelly also swapped out 3rd place over Louise Friel.
In the men's field, all seemed clear with a strong performance from Kelan Grant since the first stage. Only the young Drew Armstrong managed to steal one stage, number 4, with Kelan 2nd. Tommy Magnenat came into second 21s behind Kelan with what seemed the best comeback possible after an injury, getting the U21 overall on the way. Drew Armonstrong got third 31s short from Kelan and 10s from Tommy. The local legend Glyin O'Brien still has some tricks under his belt, with a 2nd place on the SS2 and 4th on the overall race. Aidan Hawkins completed the podium 48s behind Kelan.
Born to lose. Live to win. keep the spirit alive
Each pedal stroke counts
Nathan (Vitus First Tracks Race Division) gave all he got on the race, ending inside the top10, actually 10
1st. Kelan Grant 12:49.19
2nd. Tommy Magnenat 13:10.57 +0:21.38
3rd. Drew Armstrong 13:20.34 +0:31.15
4th. Glyn O'Brien 13:33.70 +0:44.51
5th. Aidan Hawkins 13:37.26 +0:48.07
1st. Meave Baxter 15:59.02
2nd. Hannah Mullin 17:31.84 +1:32.82
3rd. Cliona O'Kelly 18:57.44 +2:58.42
4th. Louise Friel 21:55.15 +5:56.13
Overall Series Results
1st. Kelan Grant 180
2nd. Glyn O'Brien 154
3rd. James Mac Ferran 144
4th. Drew Armstrong 135
5th. Ben Irwin 116
1st. Meave Baxter 205
2nd. Hannah Mullin 175
3rd. Hannah Harvey 155
4th. Leah Maunsell 120
5th. Louise Friel 108
Regions in Article Castlewellan Forestal Park