Irish champion Gareth McKee cards top 50 result in the Men’s Cross Country Mountain Bike European Championships in Glasgow with 48th place.
With the European Championships in full swing in Glasgow, Cycleology’s McKee was competing against Europe’s best in the 33km race which was six laps of a 5.5km circuit.
Speaking after the race Gareth described a fast, hard race…
“The race was good, a fast start off the line, we did short lap and then up the climb. I got a good start, probably into the top 40, and then going up the climb it all bunched up, so we all had to ride slowly. After that it started to spread out again.”
The race was six laps of a 5.5km circuit, which took McKee between 17 and 18 minutes to complete each time – at the end of the race he finished just over 14 minutes back on the winner.
Dry, Rough & Tough
“The course was good, it was dry and rough, it got rougher. It was fast from the very start,” continued McKee.
“There was really no let up in the course, it climbed from the start finish right up to a windmill and then it came down a fast descent with jumps and berms, and then it climbed again big long climb back up to the windmill again and then down to the third finish.
“There was just no let up. It was good, just really tough – no let-up in the course, you just had to be on top of your game.”
The race was won by Swiss man Lars Forster, with Italy’s Luca Braidot and Spain’s David Valero Serrano claiming silver and bronze respectively.
It’s been a busy couple of days for the Bandbridge man. On Sunday he was in Wales for round five of the UK National Cross Country Series at Built Wells.
Competing in Elite Male, McKee just missed out on a top 10 finish with 11th.
Results – Men’s Mountain Bike Race
Gold – Lars Forster (SUI) 1.33.01
Silver – Luca Braidot (ITA) + 0.24
Bronze – David Valero Serrano (ESP) + 0.35
48th – Gareth McKee (IRL) + 14.11
Photo Credit: Richard Cowan