The opening round of the 2018 Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series saw 21 women riders compete with Flow MTB’s Michelle Muldoon taking victory.
With two female race categories introduced for 2018 – Pro Women and Women — the first Gravity Enduro race of the year in Ballinastoe was geared up for a strong women’s turnout.
Riders didn’t disappoint with 21 female riders racing on a drizzly April Sunday in Wicklow.
Pro Women – Muldoon takes win
Baxter set the pace on stage one before Muldoon went on to win the remaining four stages.
Claiming first place in Pro Women, Muldoon also made it three wins from three starts in 2018.
“So happy to take the win in Pro-Women today at the first round of the Irish Gravity Enduro Series,” told Muldoon.
“What a belter of a race put on by Biking.ie. Great craic as always and absolutely brilliant racing. It was awesome to now have two womens categories with 21 women out racing.”
Baxter placed as runner-up to Muldoon with Ruth Doorley (Mad MTB) completing the top three. Trish Doyle (Gravity BC) was fourth.
Women – O’Sullivan off to winning start
In the Women’s class, Lorraine O’Sullivan (KMBC) charged ahead for a 27-second margin of victory of Martina Hanusova (Bikeology).
Leah McCarthy completed the top three, with Niamh McGreen (MAD MTB) fourth and Bernie Commins rounding out the top five.
Winner of the Women’s category Lorraine O’Sullivan tells how she got on…
“The day started in sunshine with the ladies riding together. Stage one was difficult to say the least (lots of crashing from me) with wet mud from top to bottom that sapped the energy.
“Things went better from there with the remaining four stages improving in condition and less crashes. Stage five was still a huge challenge with sticky mud at the top and two stage climbs near the end just when you’d run out of steam.
“In general given the winter we’ve had, the Gravity Enduro lads did a great job on the stages. Overall it was a tough race but seeing so many of the girls entered was great to see.”
Representing the next generation of enduro women riders, Hannah Mullen place third in the Youth (12-13 mixed) category, even with a mid-stage puncture.
With the wheels now firmly in motion on the 2018 Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series, round two heads to Mt Leinster, Carlow in one month’s time, May 19/20.
Results – Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series, Round 1
Photo credits: Ciara Bourke, Adrian Van Der Lee, Hannah Mullin
Report: Women’s Cycling Ireland