Just 15 years old, Limerick’s Oisin O’Callaghan has recorded one of the biggest results of his young Downhill MTB career with second place at the Crankworx World Tour in Les Gets, France.
Competing in the Youth class, against 25 riders, the Trail Riders IRL Racing youngster stepped up to the challenge of world class racing.
On a course that pulled no punches, riders were faced with some monster road gaps and high-speed off camber turns, full tilt down the mountain.
Following practice sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, it was straight into race mode early Saturday with no seeding run to warm up.
Laying it all on the line, the Trek rider crossed the finish line in a time of three minutes and 15 seconds, just missing out on the victory by nine tenths of a second.
“Crankworx has been an amazing experience and to top it off with the runner-up result is more than I hoped for,” told Oisin.
“With no seeding run it was a lot of pressure rolling off the start ramp, especially with that huge road gap straight away. I had a slight bobble in the woods but managed to keep things upright.
“My time was initially fastest so I got a chance to sit in the hot seat as riders came down, with only Matt Sterling knocking me off the top step. Second is great on such a big stage.
“Big thanks to everyone who’s helped get me here – Trek Bikes UK, Fox Suspension, Mudhugger, Crankbrothers, Leatt Braces, Shimano, DTswiss, Troy Lee Designs UK, FXsupplements, Fit4racing.”
Thrilled with 2nd in @crankworx Les gets .Rediculous tight racing with @james_elliott99 and Matt Sterling.Couldnt get to this level without the support of so many oast and present so thanking you everyone .#trekbikesuk #mudhugger #weridecb #ridefox #ridefoxuk #fxsupplements #troyleedesigns #bontragertyres #shimano #dtswiss #oakleybike#fit4racing
Not the only Irish rider at Crankworx, Oisin was joined in the Youths by Nukeproof’s Chris Cumming — runner-up at Crankworx Innsbruck the previous weekend.
Unfortunately a crash on his race run put paid to any chance of going one step better in France.
In the Men’s class, Killian Callaghan (Santa Cruz) put in a solid ride of 82nd out of 196 against a wedge of world-class UCI talent. Check out his GoPro run and that road gap!
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