Oisin O’Callaghan is one of Ireland’s rising talents in mountain biking. At just 15 years of age he’s focused on both the Irish and British Downhill National Championships, aiming to follow in the wheel tracks of Irish Pro Jacob Dickson.
- Name: Oisin O’Callaghan
- Age: 15
- Hometown: Limerick
- Bike: Trek Session 9.9 and Trek Remedy 9.7
- Club: Limerick Mountain Biking Club (LMBC)
- The Local: Ballyhoura Trail Centre
- Results: 2017 BDS round win, Irish National Champ
- Sponsors: Trek Bikes Gart Programme, Fox Suspension Grassroots, Troy Lee Designs, Nadura Health Clinics, DT Swiss, Shimano, Crankbrothers, Oakley Goggles
Riding Trek machinery for 2018, Oisin is part of the Trail Racing IRL Racing team. Concentrating primarily on downhill in the British National Championships and the Irish Champs, the teenager has been riding up the sharp end of the results sheet across the water.
Competing in the Youth class, he scored 12th at round one before going on to step that up massively with a fourth place finish at Forth William’s World Cup track for round two.
“I was buzzing with my result from Forth William, it was awesome to get on the podium with fourth,” tells Oisin.
“I was happy with 12th at round one but felt I could do more because there were a few mistakes in there. It was cool to see fourth show up on the clocks in Scotland and now that I’ve got my new bike, I hope to build on that for the next round.”
Despite one of the youngest (and shortest in his class) he’s not letting that go against him. With 10 years of MTB already under his belt, going fast downhill was always in his blood having the popular Ballyhoura Trail Centre as his local.
“I got into MTB when I was five,” explains Oisin. “Having Ballyhoura as my local is a huge help but also my Dad in corner goes a long way too. He’s a big outdoors guy, so it was sort of natural for me.”
Although early days in the game, one day turning Pro and competing on the world stage is a major goal for the Trek rider. Looking up to Irish Pro Jacob Dickson, he can see it’s possible…
“Watching what Jacob has done with his career shows that Irish riders can break through in World DH. He’s worked hard and trained continuously with self belief to get where he is today.
“For me the next step is to build as a rider. I’m still young so reaching Irish Elites is still a few years away yet but naturally one day racing on the world stage would be the dream for me.”
- Favourite place in Ireland to shred? Djouce
- Dream track to ride? Pleney in Morzine
- Who’s your top Irish rider for inspiration? Jacob Dickson
- If you could choose only one: Enduro or DH or XC? Downhill, for sure
- How would you describe your riding style in 4 words? Relaxed. Lose. Fun. Smooth.
- Words to shred by? Win it or Bin it
Facebook: Oisin O Callaghan DH
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