Video: How Oisin O'Callaghan's World Championships Dreams Came True

Nov 5, 2020
by The YT Mob  

Oisin O’Callaghan, discovered through the #YTMOBWORLDTOUR and chosen to be one of two who joined The YT Mob in 2020. This time last year the thought of becoming World Champion was just a ‘dream’, but at his debut World level race he put down a great run, in the toughest conditions to take the Rainbow jersey. We joined him at home in Limerick, Ireland to find out what makes him tick, from trail building to tractors!

bigquotesThe past few weeks for me have been the craziest time of my life, from going into my first world-level race just wanting to see where I was with everyone else to end up winning it and becoming Junior World Champion. Then heading to Slovenia to Rounds 1 & 2 of the World Cup and winning both rounds! It’s been crazy but in a good way. It’s what I’ve dreamed of since I’ve been a little kid and to have gone and done what I’ve dreamed of for years is indescribable.Oisin O'Callaghan, Junior World Champion

Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo by Isac Paddock

Photo by Isac Paddock

Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo by Isac Paddock

Over the past years he’s devoted his life to training and made many sacrifices that most 17 year olds wouldn’t. It’s clear that his passion and commitment has paid off, with already 2 World Cup win’s and narrowly missing out on the World Cup Overall. After another off-season at home in Ireland, he’ll be back, focussed on taking the overall and defending his rainbow stripes. We’re already stoked for next season!

bigquotesI want to win the World Cup overall. Obviously, I missed an opportunity in Lousã, so I’ll be really gunning for that title next year. To defend my title as Junior World Champion next year would also be so good.Oisin O'Callaghan, Junior World Champion

Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo by Isac Paddock

Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo by Isac Paddock

Photo by Isac Paddock

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52 Comments

  • 31 0
 He's the diamond Martin Whiteley and YT have been looking for. Thumbs up.
Sick track there Smile
  • 43 0
 Thank you
  • 8 0
 @oisinocallaghan: All the best to you ! Looking forward to see you with the pros on TV.
But take it easy, one step at a time. May the fun be with you to get the hard work ahead done.
I hope Guy can catch up. You've put him between a rock and a hard place already Smile
  • 3 0
 @oisinocallaghan: Great video Oisin, clear you have the talent and amazing support built on solid foundations. Class looking track, good luck for the future!
  • 3 0
 @oisinocallaghan: Amazing work Oisin, very proud (Irish living in BC) Keep up the good work.
  • 2 0
 @chillescarpe: Thank you ,lots of people have helped over the years
  • 1 0
 @nialo: Glad to be able to create a buzz
  • 18 0
 Great video, and well done on a fantastic season. So good to see and Irish lad at the top of DH. Stay away from the Guinness lol, and stay on the bike. Keep up the good work.
  • 12 0
 Well done lad, massive achievement and good to see you kept er pinned in the following rounds. could of played it safe but sure no craic in that... unlucky with the puncture. Hopefully DH takes off again in Ireland!
  • 2 0
 Well said, no fun for us fans.
  • 12 2
 His name is Oisin not OCEAN!!!! Mother of god!
  • 3 12
flag gabrielastin (Nov 5, 2020 at 12:01) (Below Threshold)
 You know that’s how you pronounce it right?
  • 3 0
 @gabrielastin: isn't it more like o-sheen or uh-sheen? I guess ocean is closer than a plain English reading of his name
  • 9 0
 @gabrielastin: nope. I’m Irish, it’s pronounced uh-sheen
  • 5 0
 Have you ever known a girl named Sioban? I have. It's all gravy from there.....
  • 5 0
 How about Caoimhe...????????
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: Yes, correct sir!
  • 3 0
 @gabrielastin: Oisin says his own name in the video and about four words later the voiceover says it differently. On balance I'll probably go with Oisin's version I think.
  • 3 0
 We have a picture book of Irish Legends for children, and the story of Oisin is a good one. His mother was turned into a deer by a mean jealous druid. My kids were scared of the druid. Ride like a deer!
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: it's actually Siobhan, but OK
  • 2 0
 @siobhananon: True, usually, but my Sioban didn't have the H. Or maybe she did. It was a long time ago. I just loved the way it was pronounced vs. how it's spelled. It opened my eyes.
  • 1 0
 @siobhananon: is it like “shiv-vahn”?
  • 4 0
 @twozerosix: more like shivawn
  • 2 0
 @twozerosix: not exactly, the stress is on the second syllable and I've always heard it pronounced (and say it myself) like "shuhvahn".
  • 7 0
 Super proud of this lad and the work ethic he has. He has every element he needs to take DH to the next level, eyes on Oisin moving forward.
  • 3 0
 Thanks Jonny Driven by the Fit4racing power
  • 4 0
 I'm in awe of Oisin! I was going absolutely mental at the time haha Made sure all my friends heard about his insane achievement even though they've no interest in the sport. I was disappointed big time with the lacking home media coverage YYYUUPPP DA BOII!
  • 1 0
 Hopefully I can give some fun next season
  • 2 0
 @oisinocallaghan: All the best next season champ!
  • 4 0
 I met Oisin when I was at home in February before the shite cough happened. I was talking to my brother on the way home about how hungry and motivated Oisin was. My brother said that him and his dad have put in massive amounts of work and I won’t be surprised if he is world champ some day. Fairplay lad and enjoy every minute of it.
  • 4 0
 Thanks Greg ..Rory has helped me so much over the years and my dad told me of the crazy days of 021 dominating race scene
  • 5 1
 Great video and a great story. Did I get that straight that the final track he's riding in the video is one he made at his house? It looks like a proper DH track?!
  • 40 0
 Hi That is the bizarre positive from Covid was 8 weeks of lockdown and a bonkers load of help from all ages .I marked it out with some tape after using google maps and then just got stuck in .
  • 3 0
 @oisinocallaghan:

Awesome! Also looked a lot like the conditions of some of the WC races this season. Good training!
  • 5 0
 This kid is freaking killing it. Congratulations, I look forward to seeing what you can do over your career!
  • 5 0
 Inspirational stuff,for riders both young and old! That was a great watch,good man Oisin
  • 6 0
 Putting Irish MTB on the map. Unbelievable few weeks Ois!
  • 5 0
 This is amazing, big props to the YT programme for finding this lad, Oisin will rule one day!
  • 4 0
 Well done Oisín. A lot of hard work as well as talent gone into that. Keep it up!
  • 3 0
 This guy is 100% legit - so so stoked to see his rise to the top - was awesome to show my 12 year old this video as an inspiration. Props.
  • 2 0
 Thank you and my parents and i hope it gets people having fun in the mountains together
  • 4 0
 What a dream scenario for everyone involved in this YT MOB Tour and Oisin
  • 4 0
 Rainbows! Tractors! Forever! always a Champion
  • 3 0
 That is a fucking sick shot
  • 5 1
 Track looks unreal sir.
  • 2 0
 Myths and Legends....A Pot of Gold and a Rainbow Jersey! Enjoy the Wild Ride !!!
  • 3 0
 Well done Oisin, absolutely incredible first year. Well deserved.
  • 3 0
 Amazing dad! Hats off!! Nuff said!!!
  • 3 0
 Kid has got the skills!
  • 1 0
 Insightful vid, great to get a glimpse of what goes into performing at that level.
  • 2 0
 ....kids these days . . .
  • 2 0
 Good on ya!

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