Successfully defending his crown, Giant Factory Racing’s Jacob Dickson took top honours at the 2018 Cycling Ireland National DH Championships at Bike Park Ireland.
Firing on all cylinders in the dusty conditions, Dickson retained his Senior title by claiming an eight-tenth of a second margin of victory in Tipperary.
With Ireland continuing to bask in dry weather, it ensured conditions were anything but characteristically Irish.
Hard packed, slippery in places and slithy berms in others, kept competitors on their toes over the short and sharp course laid out.
Pulling out all the stops, Bike Park Ireland had three uplift trucks in operation to ensure swift shuttling.
Jacob Dickson defends his Sleeve
Home from his back-to-back rounds at the UCI World Cup, defending champ Dickson entered as the firm favourite. But with the tight course leaving little room for error, he still needed to bring his A-Game to keep his Sleeve for another year..
Topping the time sheets in seeding, Dickson looked to have things his own way setting a time three seconds quicker than his rivals.
However, although going three tenths quicker for his race run it wasn’t a done deal until he cross the finish line. Putting on a big charge, Jack Crowley kept him honest when it mattered most to snatch the runner-up result.
Completing the Men’s Senior podium, Conor Bate, also home from European duty, took third, while Stephen McCormack was fourth.
Making a long awaited return to competitive action following injury, Daniel Wolfe was right in the hunt too to card a well-deserved fifth.
Gahan scoops Junior crown
In the Juniors, Ronan Gahan overcame a disastrous seeding run to come out on top. Hammering it hard, Gahan claimed the win by just over one second. With Liam Wolfe second, Ross Ennis completed the top three.
The Youth category saw some of the tightest racing in Bike Park Ireland. With little or nothing to separate the top three, Chris Cumming risked it all for the win.
In a dead heat for the runner-up result, Oisin O’Callaghan got the nod over Ronan Dunne for second, with the duo placing just four tenths behind Cumming.
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Two in one week for Ross
Still clearly on Cloud 9 following his UCI World Masters title won earlier in the week in Andorra, Vitus Bike’s Colin Ross floated his way down the hill for a clear win in Masters 30.
Ross placed seven seconds ahead of Colm Bradley and Phillip Mullan, with Bradley awarded the runner-up result.
Bickerstaff lifts Women’s title
In the Women’s class, Sacha Bickerstaff made a welcome return to racing and wasted no time about it, carding victory. She was joined on the podium by Michelle Muldoon in second and Katie Purvis third.
Complete Results: HERE
Cahir Media’s photos from Saturday and Sunday of the Irish Downhill Mountainbike Series IDMS 2018 champs in Bike Park Ireland are available via the links:
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