Race Report: Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series 2022, Carrick

Sep 4, 2022 at 15:56
by Yaroslav Alpizar  

The fourth and final round of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series took place this weekend in Carrick. This location has it all and is one of the preferred for every rider, a usual spot for DH races too. The last race of the season is always intense, but the final round of the series took things to the next level with on Saturday with trails turned into rivers. Mashup riders raced under pouring rain and riders training for the Sunday Classic format also ended the day completely soaked. But in Ireland, you can't expect dry and dusty conditions.

Trails were wet and muddy, and every pedal counted towards the end

Coming into Sunday Leah Maunsell in the women's category and Gary Donaldson in the men's were leading the race. Leah with a comfortable 50pts lead but Gary with just 10pts over his closest competitor. With 6 stages the battle for the win and secure the overall would be fierce. Leah Maunsell proved that she is the Irish enduro champ not by chance, winning all stages and leading the race by 1:15.12 over second place Hannah Mullin and 1:32.42 over Michelle Muldoon. Niamh McKiverigan and Liz Mc Auley battled all day for the second in Senior's 21-29 category with Niamh grabbing the second spot with a consistent fifth second-place finish and 1:27.43 over Liz.

The men's elite race day was completely different to the women's, a fierce battle unleashed and saw three different riders winning different stages. Previous year's race winner Matheus Neitzke had a bad start of the day with brakes issues that made him lose precious time. Brendan Conroy won the first stage putting 4.76s over Ross Ennis and 5.17s over Harry Byrne. Ross Ennis fought back winning the second and third stages with Brendan Conroy losing some time and Garry Donaldson chasing in. The last two stages saw a recovered Matheus winning with a tiny margin of 1.21s over Brandon Conroy in the fourth stage and 8s over Ross Ennis on 5th but it was not enough to recover the time lost early in the race. Brendan Conroy had some issues on the last stage and lost more than 3min which pushed him to last position in the Pro Men category. Gary Donaldson managed to keep it together during the day to grab 2nd place and secure this overall 2022 win in the Elite Men's category.

Leah Maunsell and Gary Donaldson, your 2022 series leaders

Gary Donaldson played his carts well securing second in the race and the overall win

Leah Maunsell on a mission

Ross Callaghan ended up fifth, enough to secure his second overall position on the series

Leah Maunsell keeping the spirits high

Michael Rea focused on the goal

Time to check those times, winner pays for beers

Women overall Series podium

Men overall Series podium

Race Results

Pro Men

1st. Ross Ennis 13:08.62
2nd. Gary Donaldson 13:21.07
3rd. Harry Byrne 13:23.06
4th. Chris Brown 13:39.40
5th. Ross Callaghan 13:50.19

1st. Leah Maunsell Senior (21-29) 15:27.67
2nd. Hannah Mullin Under 21 16:42.71
3rd. Michelle Muldoon Veteran (40-49) 16:59.35
4th. Eilis Davey Veteran (40-49) 17:46.59
5th. Niamh McKiverigan Senior (21-29) 18:09.15

Overall series Results

Pro Men

1st. Gary Donaldson 800
2nd. Ross Callaghan 440
3rd. Matheus Braian Neitzke 420
4th. Brendan Conroy 390
5th. Ross Ennis 380
Women Senior (21-29)

1st. Leah Maunsell 750
2nd. Niamh McKiverigan 650
3rd. Liz Mc Auley 370
4th. Julia Kuczma 340
5th. Hannah Harvey 200

MENTIONS: @VitusBikes


  • 4 0
 Love Carrick Smile

but that different animal when start dry out after rain - peanut butter all the way Razz
  • 1 0
 Wasn't stage 6 closed half way through the day?
  • 1 0
 Just for Elite riders, sadly due to a crash, all other rides where able to complete the full course.
  • 2 0
 It was riding bloody sweet!! So good and fast!!
  • 1 0
 @gaffney92: It was savage on the Saturday

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