Archive for June, 2011
Xc racers enjoyed a really great weekend thanks to IMBRC, they worked tirelessly on the track including laying lots of hardcore to battle the huge amounts of rain that fell in the week preceding, it worked! The popular team relay on saturday was raced on a slippy messy but still great course, Mad riders Fergal Kilkenny and Mark McGauley with IMBRC man Stephen Pollack were first home out of the 18 teams, mad’s Oisin Boydell,Phil McDonagh with John Landai Epic finished 3rd. Mad riders were also showing off the new kit which graced a fair few podiums
The main event was on sunday and the weather turned out great, the track dried out significantly from saturday which meant the great features like the Double Dipper rode brilliantly. S1 was won in fine style by Gareth McKee [Banbridge] with vets champ Aiden McDonald [Cuchulainn] 2nd and Richie Felle [thinkbike] 3rd. Mad’s Richie Close [Cycle inn/ktm] was 4th just pipping Mark McGauley in 5th, Ciaran Byrne was 9th [ DU cycling club] oisin Boydell was 11th [cycle inn/ktm] , it was a cracking race and another strong S1 field of 22 riders. the race was also the final round of the Leinster league, overall win goes to Aiden McDonald with 59 pts, Richie Felle 51 and Mark McGauley also on 51 pts
S2 was won by host club man Jim Haide [IMBRC] with Mad’s Gene Ryan getting his best result so far in 2nd, Fergal Kilkenny was 3rd and this clinches the overall Leinster league with 62 pts with Gene Ryan 2nd 53pts and Jim Haide 3rd 38pts.
S3 was won by Gary Shields [Cuchulainn] with Mad racers finishing 24th Jon Willetts, Ronan Mooney 27th, Chris Mollaghan 31st, Rob Roostwhittle 42nd and Nick Lanotte 46th.
S4 won by Ryan Walsh [Carn wheelers] and Madmtb lads Martin Butterly 7th, Derek Hayes 10th, peter Loscher 11th, Alan Walsh 30th.
S2 women won by Gill Smith with Mad racer Agata Tamulewicz 4th
S3 women was won by Caroline Murphy [Epic] with Mad’s Claire Breslin 2nd ans Aine McKenna [IMBRC] 3rd.
Scott Wallace finished 10th in his first race at u16 and Conor Lavelle continued his dominance with a win in u14
Much thanks to IMBRC for a fine weekend
This sunday is the crucial next round of the XC NPS, it takes place at Slade valley co Dublin, this is a great xc track and the IMBRC folk have worked hard sorting it out, also on the saturday its the team relay, 3 person teams do one lap all out , its good craic so get in there! its also a chance to have a fast pre ride of the course which has bombholes, double dipper, fast singletrack and more
Lots of points still to fought for in the various NPS categories, information on XC racing including the upcoming Irish championships in Kilkuddery and all the NPS league tables can be found here: www.irishxcmtb.com
XC racing resumed on the 29th of may 2011 at the fast and furious Lady Dixon Park, a really good race track that always leads to intense and close racing where errors are punished with riders so close all the way. XMTB put on a fine show with hosting the event and supplied food for racers, bouncy castle for kids, nice glass trophies, well marshalled and a great atmosphere.
In savage close racing in all cats it was Irish xc champion Robin Seymour [worc] who won S1 with Joe McCall [focusmtb] 2nd and Gareth McKee [banbridge] in 3rd, Mad’s Oisin Boydell finished 9th, Mark McGauley 12th and Richie Close 14th, Oisin and Richie both racing for Cycle inn/ktm, Ciaran Byrne finished in 18th riding in Trinity colours.
S2 was won by Simon Currie [banbridge], Johnny McCabe [cuculainn] 2nd and Brendan Doherty 3rd, Mad’s Stephen Scrivener was a nice 4th place and Gene Ryan in 7th, Fergal Kilkenny was 11th and all these were involved in close fierce battles.
S3 women was won by Caroline Murphy [epic] 2nd Kerryann Hughes and Claire Breslin [Mad] was 3rd.
pic 1: Fergal leading Oscar up a grassy climb
pic 3: Conor lavelle ripping it up