Top Irish MTB talent Oisin O’Callaghan has been picked up by YT Mob to contest the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup.
Sixteen-year-old O’Callaghan, from Limerick, joins an established line-up of talent that includes Spain’s Angel Suarez, Austria’s Dave Trummer and New Zealand’s Guy Johnston under the YT Mob awning.
Oisin made the cut for 2020 through a series of try-outs and trials with the team as part of their Young Talent camps.
Making The Final Two
From over 550 applications, the selection process was whittled down to eight, with Oisin joining Guy Johnston as the selection for 2020.
“When I was told that I’d been selected, I could only describe the sensation as OVERWHELMING,” told Oisin.
“At the start of this process I guess it didn’t really sink in when I got picked for the Fort William Young Talent Camp, but I knew it was going to be exciting to spend 3 days of riding with Angel and the team.
“It was unreal when my Dad told me I was selected for Finals Camp. It was probably the ﬁrst time that I really felt what it would be like to be a pro racer with mechanics, team truck, hotel etc. We were like Kings for the week!”
Results Speak For Themselves
Rightly earning his spot on the team, Oisin has had a great run of form. In 2018 he hit the world’s radar with a podium result at Crankworx and during 2019 took numerous victories and podium results in the iXS European Downhill Cup and British Downhill Series
Closer to home and he won the 2019 Irish Downhill Youth Championship with a winning run at Rostrevor.
For 2020 and his debut on the world stage, it will be all about gaining valuable experience under a factory awning like YT Mob.
“I’ll be aiming to get some good results next season with podiums and to build on every race to get more experience,” continues Oisin. “It’ll be important to try and soak up and enjoy all the advice from the team and to become a better racer, and really enjoy the atmosphere of World Cup racing.”
Suarez & Whiteley Impressed
Angel Suarez heads the team line up along with Dave Trummer and sees a lot of potential in Oisin…
“I think we have a sick team and what the team is doing with the juniors is super cool. Both are incredibly talented and fast on the bike.
“Óisin showed us that even though he’s young, he really wants to be a pro racer and he has the talent for it.”
It’s an opinion shared by YT Mob team boss Martin Whiteley, “For me this is a re-birth of the team as we head into a new chapter with some really talented riders with untapped potential.
“The two juniors we’ve brought on are the two that Angel and I both agreed were the right choice for us. As ﬁrst-year juniors we get the chance over two years to really shape the careers of both Óisin and Guy.
“Together with our new juniors, we’ll be chasing those World Cup podiums as keenly as ever.”
The 2020 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup begins in Lousa, Portugal on March 21/22.
2020 UCI MTB World Cup Calendar
- March 21–22: (DH) Lousã, Portugal
- May 2–3: (DH) Maribor, Slovenia
- May 9–10: (DH) Lošinj, Croatia
- May 23–24: (XCO/XCC) Nové Mesto, Czech Republic
- June 6–7: (DH) Fort William, Scotland
- June 20–21: (DH/XCO/XCC) Vallnord, Andorra
- June 26–28: UCI MTB XCO World Championships – Albstadt, Germany
- August 15–16: (XCO/XCC) Lenzerheide, Switzerland
- August 22–23: (DH/XCO/XCC) Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
- September 5–6: UCI MTB DH World Championships – Leogang, Austria
- September 12–13: (DH/XCO/XCC) Val di Sole, Italy
- September 19–20: (DH/XCO/XCC) Les Gets, France
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