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Race Report: Vitus Gravity Enduro Series 2021 Round 2 - Carrick, Wicklow

Sep 6, 2021
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


And just like that, the Irish Vitus Gravity Enduro Series 2021 season comes to an end. A short season indeed due to current world conditions but hey, at least we are out there doing what we all love, mountain biking and riding our bikes on amazing trails.

The second and last race of the Gravity Series chooses the known location of Carrick Mountain for its mix of trails. We couldn't ask for a better weekend to ride bikes, no rain and temperatures reaching 20 degrees, not very common in Ireland. With 15km, 510m climb and 3 stages to go most of the riders choose to pace themselves and split the day in two, doing a first run of the trails as a practice run and a second one after lunch at race pace. This format is welcomed by most of the riders as it allows them to ride the trails in any order they want and repeat the ones they feel they can push harder and squeeze some extra seconds. Some of the main Irish riders were out in France this weekend racing the EWS so the field was open to battle for a podium and battel we had, with some not so unexpected surprises.


Saturday was time for Masters and eBikes. Glyn O'Brien won M40 and the overall, beating James Mac Ferran, winner of M30, by just 2.38s. Jason Murphy and Clarence Ballantine completed the M30 podium with Peter O'Neill and Craig Gallaway following Glyn on the M40. Phillip Mullan and Garreth Davis were in constant battle all day to get into M30 podium and missed by just 1sec, finishing fourth and fifth in their category. Glyn was dominant throughout the day winning all stages.

Sunday race was even hotter if that's possible and trails were loose and almost completely dry by the end of the day, more than one rider got a taste of the terrain pushing their tires to the limit. Sunday was time for women, youngsters and elite riders to show their skills. Leah Maunsell, recently proclaimed Irish Enduro champ for 7th time, won all stages and women overall with a margin of 31.25s over Hannah Mullin that also had a great day grabbing 2nd spot on all stages. Maeve Baxter closed the top3 women 45s behind Leah, beating by just 2s Eilis Davey.

On the Elite and Senior (20-29) categories two Brazilian riders were in charge of leading the race. Matheus Braian Neitzke won on elite and overall with 9.97s over his nearest competitor, Gary Donaldson and 17.14 over Emmet Callaghan. Gary Donaldson put in a good fight and got two second places with Tommy Magnenat grabbing second spot on SS1. Drew Armstrong was consistent throughout the day and it paid off with a 4th position. A 10th place on SS3 dashed Tommy opportunity to be on the podium. Matheus Braian will no longer be considered the underdog and for sure it's now under everyone's radar as a rider to always count on for the podium. Another Brazilian, William Fernando, won in the Senior category with 2.07s over Youen Horner and 11.52s on Aidan Hawkins.

Ireland has some nice trails to ride
Ireland has some nice trails to ride

Chillin before the storm
Future is guaranteed

When you gotta go gotta go
Tools for all needs

Philip Mullan missed the Master30 podium by just a second fast all day
Philip Mullan missed the Master30 podium by just a second, fast all day

Eyes on the price Tommy had a great run on SS1 ended 2nd here
Eyes on the price, Tommy had a great run on SS1, ended 2nd here

Another Brazilian taking local enduro racing by storm winner of the Senior Category and 11th overall keep an eye on him
Another Brazilian taking local enduro racing by storm, William Fernando, winner of the Senior Category and 11th overall, keep an eye on him

Michael Lee is always on the hunt for the podium look for him on the top10 overall.
Michael Lee is always on the hunt for the podium, look for him on the top10 overall.

Hannah Mullin fast on SS2
He may be young but Darragh times say otherwise

Hannah Mullin is faster by the day always on the podium on any race she participates.
Hannah Mullin is faster by the day, always on the podium on any race she participates.

Eilis Davey missed the podium by just 2sec
Eilis Davey missed the podium by just 2sec

Leah Maunsell sending it on SS2
Leah Maunsell sending it on SS2

Leah Maunsell pushing those tires to the limit
Leah Maunsell pushing those tires to the limit

James Mac Ferran fast on the bottom of SS3 to grab that 1rst on M30

Brendan Conroy with some mechanicals on the link stage
Racing means some ups and downs 3 flats for this one that s bad luck
Racing means some ups and downs, 3 flats for this one, that's bad luck

Ben Wilson on the SS3 bottom section sending all jumps with style
Ben Wilson on the SS3 bottom section sending all jumps with style

Gary Donaldson 2nd elite was fast all day but not enough to beat Matheus
Gary Donaldson 2nd elite was fast all day but not enough to beat Matheus

 Happy Tomy sending it for the public at the end of SS3
"Happy" Tomy sending it for the public at the end of SS3


Race done time to chill out

Youth 12-13 men podium
Under 17 men podium

Under 21 men podium
Senior 21-29 men podium

Veteran Men 40-49 podium
Master Men 30-39 podium

Women podium
Women podium

Elite riders podium
Elite riders podium

Results

Pro Men

1st. Matheus Braian Neitzke 6:44.24
2nd. Gary Donaldson 6:54.21 +0:09.97
3rd. Emmet Callaghan 7:01.39 +0:17.15
4th. Drew Armstrong 7:03.64 +0:19.40
5th. Tommy Magnenat 7:05.44 +0:21.20
Pro Women

1st. Leah Maunsell 7:51.56
2nd. Hannah Mullin 8:22.81 +0:31.25
3rd. Meave Baxter 8:37.30 +0:45.74
4th. Eilis Davey 8:39.35 +0:47.79
5th. Niamh McKiverigan 9:04.81 +1:13.25



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 the best spot in Ireland !!

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