Race Report: Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series 2022, The Gap

Sep 25, 2022 at 16:13
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

What a glorious day in the Emerald Island, with plenty of Sun, no rain and loamy trails. The last race of the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series of 2022 in The GAP, next to Dublin, perfect location and weather to close the downhill season and wrap the series on a high note with most of the big names of Irish downhill scene. Practice on Saturday, seeding Sunday morning and race in the afternoon was the planned agenda for the weekend. Saturday every rider had the opportunity to do several practice runs without many issues. The terrain was in perfect conditions with some freshly cut sections and a brand new feature, a bridge, that certainly made the public enjoy that section of the track. Sunday started bit behind schedule with some red flags and crashes that took more time than expected to get the seeding restarted. After U14, U16 and Women category decision was taken to count the seeding run as the race run.

In the women category the series leader Leah Maunsell was away for the EWS races in mainland Europe and young Hanna Mullin was also trying her chances on the EWS. Cat Brady came out swigging and managed a first position on a close battle with Lilian Tobin with a tiny margin of just 0:00.72. Cat had great start leading in the first two sectors but it was Lilian who pushed hard on the last sector and almost recovered all the time she lost on the first two. Melissa Anderson had the best time on the initial sector but lost most of her 4s difference on the bottom section, the most technical and step of the race track.

On the men category everyone was excited to see the battle for the overall win, with series leader Matheus Neitzke facing two of the most known names of the Irish downhill scene, Ronan Dunne and Christopher Cumming. In the mix also Clerkin Niall, Ross Callaghan and some more contenders. The overall could change easily on this race so expectations were high. Due to the changed schedule and no seeding run riders ended up doing their runs on different moments so the usual waiting for the last rider to drop was not in place. Clerkin Niall put a hell of a first section but it was Matheus who grabbed best time on second sector and Ronan Dunne on the third. Matheus was leading on the second sector by 0.090 but Ronan managed to get back 1.88s on the last sector and won the race by mere 0:00.62.

With those results the overall series leader on Women category was Leah Maunsell and on the Men category was Matheus Neitzke who will be holding the number 1 plate for next year.

Morning coffee and snack before starting the day

Everyone is pumped for a good day in the trails


Ronan Dunne, shuttles with style

Practice day, showtime

Lets go racing!

There as some waiting to do in the top, so let's take a nap

its all about the loam...and some rocks

Hickey Roisin navigating the top rocky section

Practice train for the win

Iris Ihde from HushMTB club was pinned and ended just 4s off the top3

The new bridge feature gathered some public

some trees to navigate in the lower section of the track

Kudos to the Mountain Rescue group, they had some work to do but hopefully all injured riders will be back riding very soon

Find Wally

the Devil is in the details

James "JMac" Macferran flying to grab 1rst on M30 Men

the middle section full with berms and jumps allowed for high speeds and some big crashes too

Cat Bray came out swinging and grabbed the victory with just 0.072 over young Lilian Tobin

Chris Cumming put a good fight for the win, a fourth place on the race put him fourth in the final overall series

Matheus Neitzke was the underdog past year, but for 2022 everyone knew he was a top3 contender on every race. With new team and fresh kit he was on fire.

The battle was fierce between Ronan Dunne and Matheus Neitzke. The later was leading on the second sector by 0.090 but Ronan managed to get back 1.88s on the last sector to win by a mere 0:00.62

Ronan Dunne working the top sector, lost some time there but completely recovered on the bottom sector to win the race

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Race Results

Elite Men

1st. Ronan Dunne 1:48.96
2nd. Matheus Neitzke 1:49.58 +0:00.62
3rd. Niall Clerkin 1:50.53 +0:01.57
4th. Emmet Callaghan 1:51.08 +0:02.12
5th. Rob Davis 1:52.80 +0:03.84

1st. Cat Brady 2:27.67
2nd. Lilian Tobin 2:28.39 +0:00.72
3rd. Melissa Anderson 2:31.92 +0:04.25
4th. Iris Ihde 2:36.36 +0:08.69
5th. Lyndsay Tracey 2:42.36 +0:14.69

Overal Series Results

Elite Men

1st. Matheus Neitzke 473
2nd. Ronan Dunne 390
3rd. Anthony Dunne 361
4th. Christopher Cumming 305
5th. Emmet Callaghan 258

1st. Leah Maunsell 490
2nd. Cat Brady 375
3rd. Marie Farrell 303
4th. Hannah Mullin 303
5th. Jacqui Erskine 284


  • 5 0
 Great report, nice to see these updates. What trails were used for the track?
  • 3 0
 It was a mix of several trails, starting from a bit higher than the new drop off shuttle. Here is a link to the actual track used: www.trailforks.com/route/idms2022-the-gap
  • 3 0
 I love the Rainbowcrash jersey
  • 3 0
 Clerkin Niall and Hickey Roisin? What is this, backwards day?
  • 1 0
 Mistakenly copy pasted from the results and forgot to reorder, my mistake.
  • 1 1

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