Race Report: Vitus First Tracks Cup Round 1 - Bigwood

Aug 21, 2020
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

Finally, we are back racing! After a long hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Northern Ireland sees its first enduro race, with the first round of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup in Bigwood, Newry.

On a true Irish summer day, conditions were completely different from morning training to afternoon race. Due to all the limitations imposed, social distancing, number of riders and so on, the organization wisely choose to limit the number of participants to 200 riders and at the end 194 showed up. Also as a result of the pandemic, the weekend was split into two races. So instead of the typical Saturday for training and Sunday race, there will be 2 races, one per day, each with approximately 14km, +500m climb and same descent. Each day will have 4 stages, for a total of near 30km and +1000m, with 8 stages to go in two days.

mechanics had a long day ahead with tons of mechanicals

PPE for all volunteers and marshalls, almost no spectators as organization recommended not to assist to avoid a congregation of persons

Waiting to get the race plate

ready for any inconvenience

happy Hannah Mullin before the sky opened up

Leah Maunsell won two of the stages, winning for just 5sec over the young Hannah Mullin

Conditions were slippery, greasy and mucky, but some still managed to send it

It rained for a good several hours, making the trails a nightmare to navigate, but hey, is Ireland

True gruelling conditions, at least is not winter


Pro Men

1st Gavin O Connell (Team Worc) 9:11.45
2nd Ben Irwin (Mech Monkey) 9:13.18 +0:01.73
3rd Chris Brown (Norms Bikes) 9:17.39 +0:05.94
4th Gary Donaldson (Vitus First Tracks Race Division) 9:24.83 +0:13.38
5th Christopher McGlinchey (Vitus Pro Cycling P/B Brother UK) 9:30.17 +0:18.72
Pro Women

1st Leah Maunsell 11:19.75
2nd Hannah Mullin (Speciliazed Ireland / Gortin MTB) 11:25.64 +0:05.89
3rd Hannah Harvey (Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast) 12:03.06 +0:43.31
4th Cat Brady 13:20.58 +2:00.83
5th Brigitte Egan 13:27.50 +2:07.75

MENTIONS: @VitusBikes / @ChainReactionCycles


  • 3 0
 Great to see Irish racing online! Great pics!
  • 1 0
 thanks! \m/
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the report @elyari! Good to see you out there

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