Giant Factory Racing’s Jacob Dickson set the pace at Bree for round two Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series to claim the top step of the podium.
Back in action having missed round one, National Champ Dickson secured a strong win over Specialized’s Killian Callaghan, with Ronan Gahan (Gravity BC) completing the top three in Elites.
Always a belter of the track, this year saw organising club Bree Mountain Biking pull out all the stops. And despite an overnight shower, conditions were near-perfect come Sunday’s race run.
Elites – Dickson Sets The Pace
Keen to make his presence felt, Dickson wasted no time in setting the pace. Fastest in seeding by over nine tenths of a second from Callaghan, it was clear the National Champ meant business.
Come race run, Dickson was truly on song and by finding another half a second, he secured the top step of the podium.
Determined to keep him honest, Callaghan was pushing the limits too, and by going eight tenths quicker, chased him home for the runner-up result.
Behind the top two, Ronan Gahan showed he’s finding his feet since moving up to Elites for 2019. Unfazed by the pace, the Cube rider carded his debut podium with third – jumping four places better than his round one result.
The fight for fourth was tight in true DH style. James MacFerran (Cycleology) and Rob Davis were separated by just one hundredth of a second, with MacFerran getting the nod for fourth.
Finishing one tenth further back and Stephen McCormack (GAP MTB) rounded out the top six.
Juniors – Dunne Triumphs
In the Juniors, Ronan Dunne kept his win streak alive by topping the time sheets. Although looking to replicate that stunning form showed at round one, Dunne’s time would have been good enough for fourth in Elite.
Three seconds back, Sean Price (Gravity BC) claimed another runner-up result with second, while Sean Doyle (Gravity BC) slotted into third. Shea Rooney and Oliver Davy completed the top five.
The Master 30 category marked a win for Laurence Farrington over Dan Byrne and Chris Mallen. Despite going three seconds fastest in seeding, a mistake during his race run, pushed round one winner Beefy Mullan down to 14th.
Kevin Coughlan was best of the Seniors with Can McNally second and Eoin O’Siochru third. Ian Coates topped the Masters 40 from Brian Steele and Dale McMullan, while Mark Byrne won the Masters 50.
Women – O’Boyle Takes Top Step
Tara O’Boyle charged her way to the top step of the Women’s podium with Caitriona Brady and Lorraine O’Sullivan completing the top three.
Morgan Steele made it two wins from two starts in 2019, claiming a commanding 5.9 second win over Daniel Lappin, with Kyle Hassan third.
Continuing is unbeaten run of form in both Enduro and Downhill this 2019 season, Callum Morris was once again the rider to beat in the Juvenile category. Finding two seconds in his race run, he edged out Jamie Williamson for the win, with James Smyth third.
Philip Nugent was best of the Hardtail heroes, while Kaid Askins won the two-stage (Seeding and Race run combined) Enduro category.
Kevin Coster pipped Kieran Donnelly for the win in the Sports class with Adam Voss joining them on the podium for third.
The 2019 Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series continues with round three at Bike Park Ireland on June 29/30.
Results: Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series – Round 2 Bree
Complete Results: iDMS – Round 2
Event Photography: Home Of The Mind