Race Report: Vitus First Tracks Cup Round 2 - Bigwood

Aug 22, 2020
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

Just like that, the second race of the Vitus First Track Enduro Cup is done! Sunday was completely different from Saturday, no rain, sunny and hot. In the morning the trails were still wet and greasy but as the day went on and riders kept doing their thing the grip went from nothing to good and to better. By the end of the race day trails where on mint conditions, the end of stage 4 looked that there was no rain for days.

With the good climate and Sun all day, more riders showed up, but still numbers where kept under the 200 limit, 194 to be exact. Each and everyone of them had a good craic on another well-organized race by Vitus First Tracks. Similar to previous round the day before, there where 4 stages to tackle, with about 50% different from Saturday. Stage 4 will say the one that everyone loved the more as the bottom section was almost dry and although technical, perfectly doable for everyone. Stage 3 with some nasty off-camber roots took the toll on several riders (check sequence below).

All in all, the second round of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup was a success, Leah Maunsell was first again on Sunday and Ben Irwin (Mech Monkey) won with 5sec to spare over Gary Donaldson (Vitus First Tracks Race Division). See you soon!

Bright day ahead, everyone is happy to see some sunshine

One for race, one for fun, which is which

Kids wanna have fun

Race winner
Ben Irwin (Mech Monkey) enjoyed himself on the trails, winning 3 out of 4 stages.

Total focus on what lays ahead, Christopher McGlinchey (Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK), 5th Senior Men, 6th overall

Maybe the ones on the tandem will not #Sendit but certainly they will enjoy a good ride

next sequence is the result of touching any of those roots

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Hannah Harvey (Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast) hiding behind a tree, second today

Hannah Mullin (Specialized Ireland / Gortin MTB) had a good battle with Hannah Harvey, taking 2nd yesterday but today 3rd

Glyn O'Brien, race organizer, rider, racer, accountant, PR, the do-it-all man, and still manages to win the Veteran Man cat and 7th on the overall

hats off to Nicole O’ Hagan, together with few other brave women they raced both days, good to see more and more women racing, even on the hardest conditions

Game Over! Follow the signs for more stories!


Pro Men

1st. Ben Irwin Mech Monkey 8:16.46
2nd. Gary DonaldsonInstagram Vitus First Tracks Race Division 8:21.05 +0:04.59
3rd. Chris Brown Norms Bikes Senior Men (21-29) 8:28.16 +0:11.70
4th. Gavin O Connell Team Worc Senior Men (21-29) 8:34.25 +0:17.79
5th. Christopher McGlinchey Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK 8:42.12 +0:25.66
Pro Women

1st. Leah Maunsell 9:48.01
2nd. Hannah Harvey Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast 10:22.16 +0:34.15
3rd. Hannah Mullin Speciliazed Ireland / Gortin MTB 10:33.05 +0:45.04
4th. Cat BradyInstagram 11:39.80 +1:51.79
5th. Brigitte Egan 12:09.62 +2:21.61

MENTIONS: @VitusBikes / @ChainReactionCycles


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