The 2019 Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup gets under way in a few days time at Ravensdale, Co. Louth, so we caught up with the main man himself Glyn O’Brien to find out more.
Like everyone, we’re itching to see the new race season get into full swing. With four rounds scheduled for this year at Ravensdale, Big Wood, Rostrevor and Castlewellan, there’s plenty to look forward to, but as we learn from Glyn there’s also plenty going on behind the scenes too.
Along with a new venue, there’s a new class structure, new rules and a new category too.
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King of the Mountain – Overall Champion Up For Grabs
Firstly, the big change for 2019 is the introduction on an overall category – King of the Mountain. The Pro Men class has been removed and now an outright winner will take its place, ultimately leading to an end of season overall champion.
That means whether you’re a Junior, Senior, Master or Vet, you can also fight for the First Tracks Enduro Cup title.
“Up until now the First Tracks Cup was for Pro Men, but now that we’ve opened it up for 2019 it means any rider can win – so there’s more at stake and potentially more medals to be won from Juniors through to Super Vets,” tells Glyn.
“At the end of round one, the top 20 overall riders will start at 12.30 – like the Pro Men did. This means we’ll have the 20 fastest guys racing together, which will make great competition and great watching for the spectators.”
For 2019 the wearing of a full face helmet is now mandatory for those Under 18 on the day of the race, but is encouraged for all competitors to follow suit.
Round three at Rostrevor not only marks the Irish Enduro Championship, but also serves as an EWS Qualifier, so there’s plenty at stake. If you want to score towards the Irish Champs, make sure to have an up to date licence.
E-Bikes Will Be In Session
“We’ve also got an e-bike category, which is new in enduro in Ireland,” explains Glyn. “It’s a standalone class and not included in the overall King/Queen of the Mountain.
“For 2019 it’s just to feel things out and see what people want. The course for round one will be the normal five stages and then we’ll look to amend.”
For the full 2019 updates, check out this interview with Glyn.
The opening round of the 2019 Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup takes place in Ravensdale, Co Louth on April 6/7.
On line entries close Tuesday, April 2nd.
Stay tuned for our Freewheelin’ course preview in a couple of days. Mic check 1-2-1-2!