Portal Racing is a new team for the 2020 season, brought together with their shared enjoyment of building trails, riding bikes.
The enduro racing team launch was delayed for obvious reasons, but although racing has been curtailed they have still kept active with trail building and maintenance.
In fact the team’s motto is ‘No dig, No ride’ which is on the back of the very stylish team jerseys and looking forward to a summer where they can enjoy the fruits of their labour and hopefully a few races towards the end of the year.
The team line up
Eight strong, Portal Racing will roll out in the majority of categories with a solid line-up of youth and ‘not-so’ youth!
Jay McAleenan, Aaron Morris, Brian Leonard, Aidy Reihill, Raymond Kerr, Frank Love, Brendan McAleer and Jonny Griffith fill the rostor.
The team are mostly based around the Tyrone and Fermanagh area with Jay McAleenan from Lurgan and Aaron Morris from Donegal.
A few years in the making, Portal Racing is the brainchild of main sponsors Brian Leonard of Brians bike shack, who will be providing mechanical support, and Aidy Reihill from henchmode clothing.
Focused on fast
Aidy, who designed and printed the teams shirts, explains where the team name came from…
“There is a tomb near our home trails and according to Irish mythology it is a portal to the land of a supernatural race called the Aos Sí and so we adopted Portal Racing as our team name.
“The team jerseys are grey, understated and as far away from the MTB Power Ranger look as possible.”
Focussed on going fast on the gnarliest natural stuff they can point a bike down, the age range of the team starts from 12 years old and goes up to… let’s just say a lot older.
We asked Brian why he was keen to include the younger lads to the team…
“The youth riders Jay and Arron show promising talent and hadn’t been snapped up by any sponsors. With a fresh team it’s always good to have some fresh blood and these guys have the right attitude towards riding their bikes.
“With some decent results from all the riders in the 2019 season; we were geared up to improve on that in 2020 but it looks like we might have to wait until 2021 now.”
Tim from Helmetor was delighted to come on board and gave us his insight why he wanted to help the team…
“Brian mentioned last year about their ideas of having a small community based team of mountain bikers. Back In the day I was part of a small biking group of friends, we built, rode and filmed and had a blast.
“It’s a good thing to have and be part of for everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing, Portal is doing that now.”
Lets get started
Further support comes from Jonny Griffith at Acorn E-solutions…
“Mountain biking is all about picking your line and thinking ahead – and so is selling online. Acorn E-Solutions is here to help businesses navigate online selling plate forms such as Amazon, eBay and Shopify.
“Aside from e-commerce, I have a passion for mountain biking so take great pleasure in sponsoring Portal MTB and look forward to racing with them soon”
Photos courtesy of the teams own photographer Brendan Mcaleer, who has a shared passion for bikes, adventure and photography.
Enduro regulars Raymond Kerr and Frank Love complete the line up and can’t wait to get back between the tape.
Good luck to the team and check them out on the socials
Links to the team on Instagram and Facebook
Best of luck lads, great to see you guys out there!
Yesterday, June 8th, Cycling Ireland announced their roadmap to recovery, with a date of August 10th likely for a return to national-level competition.