Garreth Davis continued to prove himself as the rider to beat in this year’s Coillte Biking Blitz by riding to victory at round three in Derroura, Galway.
Unpredictable March weather ensured competitors at the third stop of the series faced bitterly cold winds matched with heavy winter showers.
Fresh off his win at round two, Team biking.ie rider Davis was keen to keep the winning momentum rolling and his new-found championship lead intact in Galway.
With two laps of the 16-kilometre course to complete, Davis went out hard off the start, pulling a lead of almost one-minute at the end of lap one.
Despite a solid lap two from nearest challenger Andrew Newman, Davis had things under control to cross the finish line as the comfortable winner.
“I’m highly stoked and also highly soaked to take a comprehensive win at Biking Blitz round 3 in Derroura,” told Davis.
“Very rough conditions with sub-zero temps, high winds and heavy wintery showers made it a lot harder than it should have been. I spent a good amount of lap 2 unable to feel my fingers and took it super cruisey. I went at the start and kept a comfortable gap for the whole race.
“That makes it 2 wins in a row and 2 out of 3 races, which I’m delighted with! Hopefully round 4 in Ticknock is as good as last year, where I came in just 7 seconds behind team mate Adam McGarr after 3 immense laps.”
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Highly stoked and also highly soaked to take a comprehensive win at @bikingblitz R3 in Derroura today. Very rough conditions with sub-zero temps, high winds and heavy Wintry showers made it a lot harder than it could have been! I spent a good amount of the 2nd lap unable to feel my fingers and took it super cruisy.I went at the start and kept a comfortable gap for the whole race. That makes it 2 wins in a row and 2 out of 3 races, which I'm delighted with! Hopefully round 4 in Ticknock is as good as last year, where I came in just 7 seconds behind team mate @adammcgarr15 after 3 immense laps. 📸 @avdlphoto #bikesofinstagram #racing #snow #hardship #mtb #crosscountry #bikinginireland #vitusbikes #goodtimes #mtb #cycling #realtalk #win #winning #feelingood #happy @vitusbikes @ionactionsports @gformprotects @biking_ie @teambiking.ie @gravityenduro.ie @mitsubishiirl
Behind the top two, Padraig Marrey completed the podium of the Super Pro Men category.
Gary Collins just pipped Colm Mullen across the line by three seconds to snatch fourth.
The Super Pro Women category saw Joanna Bula return to her winning ways.
As the only woman rider to complete the opening lap under the one-hour cut-off mark, she took a commanding victory over Roisin Hickey.
The Baggy Shorts was won by John Connolly with a one-minute 18-second margin of victory over Anthony Hammond, while Ryan Connolly rounded out the top three.
Tarja Owens was best of the Baggy Shorts Women, completing her one-lap race in a hugely impressive 53 minutes 20 seconds.
Ten minutes adrift, Ciara Nolan edged out Katrin Parsons for the runner-up result.
Aaron Finnerty was top dog in the Junior class. He set a pace on lap one that would challenge the Super Pro Men.
The 2019 Coillte Biking Blitz concludes with the fourth and final round at Ticknock, Co. Dublin on March 24.
Results: Coillte Biking Blitz, Round 3
Complete Results: Biking Blitz, Round 3
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