Glyn O‘Brien came to winning form at round two of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup in Bigwood, Co. Down to secure victory.
Carding a much-applauded win at the second stop of the series, Vitus-mounted O’Brien led home round one winner Colin Ross (Vitus/Acti Snack) and Nathan McComb (First Tracks Race Division).
With perfect weather greeting the 217 riders entered for round two, competitors tackled the mixed variant of the six stages on offer.
Pro Men – O’Brien’s way
Hot out of the traps, O’Brien set the benchmark for his rivals to follow winning the opening three stages.
Fourth on stage one Ross, improve position by position before topping the time sheets on stage four.
But despite going on to win the remaining two stages, it was Glyn’s early hard graft that had done the damage as he rode home for victory by one second.
Well what can I say it was a hell of a weekend. It has been a while coming but the icing on the cake was taking top step on Sunday. I knew it was going to be super tight racing with all the pros and I would have been chuffed with top 3. @roscolines and @nathanmtb94 are always pinned so I never spared the horses even for a second! @vitusbikes @chainreactioncycles @thinkstudiodesign @silverfishuk @raceface604 @niallclarkeoils @rapidracerproducts @spin_11 @wildernesstrailbikes @dwilsonglenavy @hillsmixtape #dontsparethehorses #showmorebellybutton
With the leading two men out front, McComb could only watch on, never quite getting close enough to weigh into the fight for the top step of the podium.
Finishing no lower than third on each of the stages McComb ended his day 11 seconds adrift of O’Brien in third overall.
With O’Brien, Ross and McComb once again locking out a Vitus podium, the fight for a place inside the top five was incredibly close.
Mech Monkey’s Ben Irwin snatched fourth by one second from Andrew Godfrey in fifth, while Jamie McCullough was just three tenths behind in sixth. One second back and David Montgomery finished seventh in Pro Men.
Under 21 – Armstrong stops Devlin
Unreal weekend in Bigwood for rd 2 of the First Tracks Enduro. Really happy to take 1st in U21 and 4th overall. Really tight racing with @jackdevlin099 keeping us both on our toes! Looking forward to Mt. Leinster next weekend. @mech_monkey_belfast @tironutrition @rideforcharlie @cameronlandscapes @rapidracerproducts @rockymountainbicyclesuk #mechmonkey #ferdaboyz #braap
Once again posting some of the fastest times of the day, the Under 21 Men split the Pro Men ranking.
Following his win at round one, Jack Devlin (First Tracks Race Division) had a fight on his hands at Bigwood.
With the bit between his teeth, Mech Monkey’s Drew Armstrong halved the staged wins with Devlin, but this time around beat him to the top step of the podium.
Armstrong’s and Devlin’s times were also good enough for fourth and fifth overall on the day. Behind them Anthony Dunne took third.
Women – Baxter beats Muldoon
The Women’s class saw Michelle Muldoon (Flow MTB) take her first defeat of 2018. Cuchulainn’s Meave Baxter, missing in action at round one, made up for that snatching the win from Muldoon by just 12 hundredths of a second after nearly 17 minutes of timed racing.
Hannah Harvey rounded out the top three.
Elsewhere there were wins for Paul McLoughlin (Bespoke Cycles) in the Veteran Men over Conor Campbell (Greenbikes).
James Edwards (The Cat) pipped round one winner Andy Young by four tenths for the Master B Men win, while Steven Bradley (Team Moco) was best of the Master A Men.
Ronan Dunne was best of the Junior Men, Adam Smiley (Dirt Monkeys) topped the Senior Men and Joe Penny was fastest in the Hardtail category.
In the Youth (12-13) Jamie Williamson swept to victory by setting the fastest time in all four stages. Hannah Mullin (Trail Demons CC) was second with Ronan Eannetta third.
Matthew McKelvey won the Challenger class.
With two rounds in the books, round three of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup heads to Rostrevor on June 23/24.
Compete Results: First Tracks Enduro Cup, Round 2
Big thanks to FMX Photography for round 2 images, check out their full gallery of images for purchase: www.fmxphotography.ie