Greg Callaghan tops the final podium of the 2019 Gravity Enduro Ireland Series in Carrick, as Harry Byrne is crowned champion for the first time.
Leah Maunsell put in another dominating performance to secure championship honours in the Women’s category.
Carrick, the fabled home of Irish mountain biking, delivered the goods for the fifth and final stop of the 2019 Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series.
In a star-studded entry of talent, it was Cube Action Team’s Greg Callaghan who swept all five stages to take the win over Specialized’s Killian Callaghan, with Polygon’s Dan Wolfe close behind in third.
Entering Carrick as champion elect, Expert Cycles Harry Byrne did exactly what was asked of him putting in a solid, championship winning day for fourth overall.
“It’s awesome to come away as the 2019 champion,” told Byrne at the end of a tough, 30-kilometre day of racing. “With Greg, Killian and Dan out today I knew the pace would be high, but I knew what I needed to get done to take the title.
“It’s been a great year, the racing at every round has been so tight. Definitely winning Cahir was a big highlight too.
“Sitting my Leaving Cert at school has meant there was a lot to juggle, but thankfully it’s all come good.”
Bumper Entry For Carrick Showdown
With almost 300 entered for round five, the weather gods smiled down on proceedings. Prime conditions, with dust in places, ensured short sleeve jerseys were the order of the day for many.
Five cracking stages laid on, saw riders get an early wake up call with a gnarly series of rock drops straight out of stage 1.
With the tough stuff out of the way, the remainder off the day offered all the best bits Carrick is famous for.
Callaghans Go Head-To-Head
Twenty-one riders started in Pro Men. Callaghan laid down the marker topping the sheets on stage 1, but with Killian Callaghan just sitting three tenths adrift, the pressure was on.
After near identical times on stage two, Greg grabbed some breathing room entering the lunch break, pulling five seconds on Killian on stage three. And carrying that form through the afternoon he progressively built on that lead to secure a 17-second margin of victory over Killian.
Jumping into the mix blind having missed Saturday practice, Wolfe found his rythym on stage two to reel Byrne in. Two more top-three times were enough to join the Callaghan duo on the podium in third.
With Byrne fourth, Ian Coates placed two seconds behind Byrne for fifth, while Emmet Callaghan took sixth.
Maunsell Takes Womens Title
In the Women’s class it was a clean sweep of stages for Kona’s Leah Maunsell. The National champion was on fire, leaving her rivals to fight for second.
The runner-up result went to Meave Baxter, while 13-year-old Hannah Mullin again impressed to take third. Brigitter Egan and Bernie Commins completed the top-five.
Giver the beans! Rowdy riding and a savage day's craic had at Carrick for the final stop of the 2019 Gravity Enduro Ireland. Here's a quick 60-second mashup, longer edit to follow… Braap!
Posted by Freewheelin' on Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Gravity Enduro Championship Standings
1. Harry Byrne 770pts; 2. Greg Callaghan 750pts; 3. Ian Coates 480pts; 4. Emmet Callaghan 480pts; 5. Ronan Dunne 410pts…
1. Leah Maunsell 1000pts; 2. Hannah Mullin 710pts; 3. Meave Baxter 620pts; 4. Jennifer Wark 270pts; 5. Brigitte Wark 220pts…
1. Brendan Conroy 950pts; 2. Scott Roberts 770ptsl 3. Daniel Lappin 690pts…
1. Nathan Kelly 870pts; 2. Dan Redmond 740pts; 3. Frazer Morrison 630pts…
1. Joseph O’Grady 690pts; 2. Chris Brown 650pts; 3. Aidan Hawkins 650pts…
1. Nigel Glynn 750pts; 2. Damien McCormick 650pts; 3. Richard Pollard 520pts…
1. Philip Mullan 900pts; 2. Nick Rocks 770pts; 3. Andrew Bent 530pts…
1. Paul McLoughlin 1000pts; 2. Peter O’Neill 770pts; 3. Brendan O’Hanlon 580pts…
1. Mark Keating 950pts; 2. Brian Finnegan 800pts; 3. John Glover 590pts…
1. Alan Gilkinson 840pts; 2. Barry Power 660pts; 3. Darius Guzauskas 650pts…
1. Callum Morris 1000pts; 2. Darragh Ryan 740pts; 3. Macdaire Johnston 700pts…
Results: Gravity Enduro Ireland