Clicking up a gear or two, the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup heads to Rostrevor for round three and the second half of the Season of Savages.
With two different winners from rounds one and two, it’s certainly all to play for on Sunday and with the added bonus of the Ulster Champs on the line, the stakes are high.
As Northern Ireland’s biggest trail centre, round three has a mecca of both natural and man made tracks to play on.
Five stages are set, mixing full gas tuck-your-elbows-in gravity descents with some pedal-slapping hammering to keep everyone in check. A five-hour window to complete the course has also been set.
Joining them on the podium both times Nathan McComb kept them honest. However, yet to take the win, the defending champion will be hoping Rostrevor will be his turn.
Young guns charging towards Rostrevor
While the trio have had things their own way in the Pro Men, in the outright standings, the Under 21 Men are snapping at their heels.
And if last Sunday’s pace at Ticknock is anything to go by, the Vitus riders will need to be on their A-Game to keep them at bay.
A winner at Big Wood, Mech Monkey’s Drew Armstrong had the outright win locked up at Ticknock if not for a final stage crash. A rider very much on form, expect him to come out swinging Sunday.
Round one winner Jack Devlin is another rider on form. Finishing a close second to Armstrong at Big Wood, a win in Rostrevor will edge him back in front in the Under 21 standings.
Dunne aims for hat trick
With two wins from two starts, Ronan Dunne remains the rider to beat in the Junior category. He looks to make it a hat trick unless Niall Clerkin, Ben Wilson or Ryan Skelly have other ideas.
In the Womens class it’s a win apiece between Meave Baxter and Michelle Muldoon. The duo have remained head and shoulders above their classmates this season and the battle for top honours should continue in Rostrevor.
Of course the competition is stacked across all classes, and with the event almost sold out, we can be sure of tight racing Sunday across the board.
8 Reason not to miss Rossy
- 1. Shorter loop
- 2. Less climbing
- 3. You can uplift all you want for practice on Saturday
- 4. New stages
- 5. Different transitions
- 6. Extended overall time so you can chill even more
- 7. More natural sections
- 8. Well there is more but we gotta keep some surprises!
Also on-site all weekend Chain Reactions Cycles will have demo models of their 2018 Vitus MTB range to try out. Models include the Vitus Escarpe, Sommet and Sentier platforms.
So, with the forecast set to turn up to 11, pack your bike and your sunscreen and get to Rossy.