September is set to be a busy month with the major 2019 Irish Mountain Bike Championships drawing to a close. Across four consecutive weeks, the Gravity Enduro, First Tracks Enduro, Grassroots and Irish Downhill Series will conclude.
Gravity Enduro Ireland Series – Carrick Finale
First up is the fifth and final round of the Vitus Gravity Enduro Ireland Series on September 7/8. A fabled home of Irish MTB, Carrick in Wicklow will see this year’s battles played out.
At the head of the standings it’s Expert Cycles’ Harry Byrne who has a virtual grasp on the Pro Men category. With a 270-point lead over nearest challenger Greg Callaghan, he’s got it all but sewn up and will be out for a victorious victory lap on Sunday.
Behind him it’s not so clear cut with Drew Armstrong, Emmet Callaghan and Kelan Grant all close to Callaghan, meaning the outcome of the podium can easily change.
In the Women’s category, Leah Maunsell sits 80 points up on Hannah Mullin and 150 points up on the injured Hannah Harvey. A win at round four brings Meave Baxter back into the mix, while Eilis Davey and Leah McCarthy battle for top-five.
In the Under 21, Nathan Kelly holds a 160-point advantage over Dan Redmond with Ross Callaghan close behind in third, while Brendan Conroy will be hoping his 180-point lead over Scott Roberts is the cushion he needs to seal the Junior Men title.
Callum Morris is just 10 points ahead of Darragh Ryan in Youth, while Beefy Mullan and Emmet Kelly are favourites for Master B and Master A respectively.
Information: Gravity Enduro Ireland Series
First Tracks Enduro Cup – Castlewellan Finale
One week later and it’s the turn of Castlewellan in Co. Down to host the final round of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup on September 14/15.
The newly-introduced overall Enduro category is proving a closely contested affair. National champ Kelan Grant heads the standings thanks to two victories.
But with Glyn O’Brien only six points behind in second and James MacFerran a further two behind in third, means it’s all up for grabs for King of the Mountain.
Armstrong is tied with Ben Irwin for fourth, and with Harry Byrne sixth, only 34 points – of a possible 60 – separate the top-six.
Information: First Tracks MTB
Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series – Shronaboy Farm
All roads lead south to Killarney for the final round of the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series at Shronaboy Farm.
After two rounds, Cycleology’s James MacFerran looks to regain the iDMS crown he last held in 2017.
But with a nine-point advantage over Ronan Gahan, there’s no margin for error.
Grassroots Enduro – Union Woods, Sligo
Set to sign things off, the Mondraker Grassroots Enduro heads to Sligo for their final round. A new venue to the series, Union Woods will offer a level playing field for those in medal contention.
Last time out at Shronaboy Farm, visiting Leon Rosser topped the podium but expect that to change in Sligo.
Hosts Northwest Mountain Bike Club are promising three gravity-focused, feature-packed stages to sign off 2019 in style.
And it that’s not enough to quench your thirst for 2019 MTB racing, then check out the four-round The Gap Downhill league set for October!