With the 2018 Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series up and running, Olly Cornforth secured the top step of the podium with victory in Bree.
After a couple of weather-influenced false starts, the 2018 iDMS got under way this weekend in Bree, Co. Wexford and, for once, the weather gods smiled down on all.
As usual Bree Mountain Biking Club maintained their very high standards and hosted a great event with a prize draw, spot prizes and a lot of fun on very small pink barbie-like bikes.
The track was both a lot of fun and very challenging and there was a little bit of carnage with shoulders being the most frequent injury, if the number of slings being worn was anything to go by.
With Saturday’s practice complete, riders got down to business on Sunday with the seeding runs and quite quickly drama struck.
Defending champ James MacFerran (Cycleology) hit the dirt in a big way suffering a suspected broken collarbone in the process.
So things did not go to plan yesterday at the 1st Downhill race of the season. Made a mistake and unclipped before this section, meaning I was trying to get back on the pedals but unfortunately I clipped a root or rock which sent me flying into a rock which did not budge and stopped me dead. Big thanks to everyone involved with getting me off the track and too hospital in one piece. The main man @glynobrien races me to the hospital showing how much of a true friend he is, he did not even race himself what a legend, to make sure I was ok. Also to @roscolines and Davy for driving me home. Mountain biking is a family and It won't be long until I'm back on the trails soon. Damage done collar bone fracture and cracked ribs leaving me in a fair bit of pain. Congratulations to all the winners on the day an great to see a big turnout at the #idms series again. Cheers to all the get well soon wishes, it means a lot. Jmac49
Elites – Cornforth victorious
In the Elites, Olly Cornforth ended the day as the big winner topping the time sheets in Elites. Throwing down a stormer of a run, he knocked almost five seconds off his first run.
Behind him the fight for the remaining top three was as tight as they come between Colin Ross (Vitus Bikes/Acti Snacks) and Dan Wolfe (Transition/WTB), with Ross snatching the runner-up result by one hundredth of a second.
Skipping Saturday’s practice as training for the EWS, Wolfe rode on instinct for third. Michael Lee took fourth with Darragh Walsh fifth.
Poppin over slippery nuggets today for the first @irishdownhill of the year. Props to the Bree guys who put together a really fun track. I purposely went down just for race day to emulate the @world_enduro series as you need to try adapt to new tracks quickly. Feeling good for this next race, I’m off to France on Tuesday morning for round 3 🇫🇷🥖 Big healing vibes to @jmac_49 after he had a big stack during his seeding run. . . . . @wildernesstrailbikes @fox @royalracing @transitionbikes @7protection @girocycling @fsa_mtb #motivation #goals #gains #fitness #fitfam #mtb #bikelife #cycling #bike #health #outdoors #rideordie #enduro #positivevibes #sun #fun #summer #happy #cycling #racing #dh
Youth – Dunne & Cumming charging
Delivering some of the most competitive racing, the Youth category was a tightly contested affair featuring run times to rival the Elites.
Fast enough for fourth in Elite, biking.ie Ronan Dunne claimed the win by two hundredths of a second from Chris Cumming (Rostrevor Mountain Bike Club). Oisin O’Callaghan (Limerick Mountain Biking Club) joined them on the podium for third.
In the Juniors, Liam Wolfe (Gravity BC) showed he’s ready for next weekend’s British DH with a commanding win over Anthony Dunne (Bikeology) and Joseph O’Boyle.
The Masters 30 saw local man Mikey Cullen (Bree Mountain Biking) take the win from Simon Andreucetti (Bree Mountain Biking) and Paul Taylor third.
The Masters 40 came down to the wire between Daniel Collins (Limerick Mountain Biking Club) and Michael Cowan (Chain Reaction Cycling Club) with Collins taking it by three hundredths of a second.
The Masters 50 win went to Steven Graham (PLUSHmtb), while Tara O’Boyle was the rider to beat in the Women’s category. Peter Campbell (Gravity BC) won Seniors with Paul Murphy (Borderline DH Club) fastest in Sports.
In the Juvenile category Daniel Lappin (Rostrevor Mountain Bike Club) was the winner over teammate Josh Rooney, with Kyle Hassan third.
New for 2018, the Enduro category saw Runs 1 and 2 added together for an overall result with Mark O’Kane riding clear for the win. The Hardtail win went to Darius Guzauskas (Limericak Mountain Biking Club).
Big thanks to James at FMX Photography for the photos, check out his full gallery of shots from Bree: www.fmxphotography.ie
Reporting with help by iDMS