The future’s bright for Irish downhill mountain biking, with strong performances from the sport’s top youths at the UCI Mountain Bike in Fort William including runner-up result for Hannah Mullin and top five for Callum Morris and Conor Murphy.
Showcasing themselves on the world stage, Brodie Hull, Conor Murphy, Callum Morris and Hannah Mullin took to track in the Scottish Cycling Mini DH race that was held in conjunction with the second stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William.
The mini DH track was mostly held on the red grade Wild Goat trail with a few technical natural “A” lines thrown in for good measure. Although on race day the weather was good, the rain on the previous few days had made conditions very tricky.
Hull Sprints Home To Sixth
First up was Trail Demons Brody Hull in the U10’s. Following 2 consistent runs his fastest time of 1 min 59 sec was enough for 6th place.
At only 7 years old Brodie will have another 2 years in this age category and the progression he’s made already this year ensures he’ll be worth watching over the next few years.
The U12 category saw Rostrevor Mountain Bike Club’s Conor Murphy competing. A fastest time of 1:44 gave him 5th place and more valuable experience in DH racing.
Morris Shines With U14 Fifth
Fresh off his victory at the iDMS in Bree, Callum Morris headed to Scotland keen for a strong result.
The Dirtyrides MTB Enduro Team rider’s first run of 1:34 turned out to be his quickest.
A few mistakes on his second run meant he was unable to improve on his time but did enough to take 5th in the U14.
Mullin Races On To The Podium
Last of the Irish to go was Green Bikes Hannah Mullin, who was determined to improve on her 3rd place in the 2018 event. She gave it her all stopping the clock on 1:48 to take second spot in U14’s and of course the chance to step on the UCI podium for the second time in her MTB career. Certainly one of the highlights of the weekend.
Overall these result are fantastic given that, although this was the top Scottish riders they were competing against, they are also some of the quickest youths in the UK downhill series, so the future is bright for the Irish youth scene.
The crew went on to enjoy the World Cup race weekend and meeting some of their hero’s of the DH mountain bike world.
Complete Results: Scottish Cycling Mini DH
Many thanks to Jamie Morris for sending in this race report.