Giant Factory Racing’s Jacob Dickson has successfully defended his Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Championship with a commanding victory at Rostrevor, Co. Down.
Hotly tipped for success, Dickson put in a blisteringly fast race run to secure his third Irish title in as many years, leading home the Men’s Senior Elite podium of Conor Bate (Maddison) and Cathal Fitzpatrick.
In the Women’s category McKenna Merten edged out Tara O’Boyle for the win with Ruth McGinn third.
For 2019, Rostrevor had the honour of hosting the Cycling Ireland Downhill Nationals. A week of dry weather had initially shown indications of a dusty race. But with the Irish weather not playing ball, frequent downpours during the weekend ensured tricking, testing and slipper conditions for all.
A return to the course of 2017, saw riders start on the lower section of the Fox Hunt track and link into the On The Pulse trail, with times for the majority about the two-minute 20-second marker.
Jacob Dickson Leads The Way
Rolling into Rostrevor off two top-30 rides in the UCI Downhill Champs, Dickson looked to put on world-class performance on home turf.
Setting the tone with a two-minute four-second run in seeding, it was clear Dickson meant business. Matching it again for race run, saw him ride untroubled for victory.
Behind him, it was a tighter affair with Bate and Fitzpatrick evenly matched in seeding. However, finding an extra bit of pace, Bate edged ahead to secure the runner-up result.
Continuing to show confidence in his debut ‘Elite’ season, Fitzpatrick held his nerve when it counted to claim a well-deserved podium result.
In the battle for fourth, Rob Davis pipped Daniel Wolfe by just under one second.
In the Junior category it was a winning ride for Ronan Dunne (Vitus), beating close rival Chris Cumming (INSYNC) but almost two seconds.
Dropping in on his Enduro bike, Drew Armstrong joined them on the podium for third, with Olly Davy and Tiarnan Tinnelly fourth and fifth respectively.
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Oisin O’Callaghan Puts In Commanding Ride
The Youth class was all about one rider, with Trek’s Oisin O’Callaghan stamping his authority on proceedings.
A definite future talent to watch for, O’Callaghan posted a time, not only good enough to comfortably win, but also fastest enough to secure an ‘unofficial’ outright second to Dickson.
Morgan Steele put in a strong ride in the tricky conditions to claim second, while Daniel Lappin (CRC Belfast) impressed with third. Jay McDowell bettered Scott Roberts in his race run by two seconds for fourth.
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Callum Morris Takes Juvenile Win
Another rider enjoying a stellar year, Callum Morris (Dirtyrides MTB) dominated the Juveniles. He placed 14 seconds clear of James Brodison and Jay McCord, despite riding a last-minute borrowed bike.
The Masters 30 saw James Edwards snatch a sub one-second margin of victory over Nick Rocks, while Chris Mallen completed the top three.
Ian Coates proved the rider to beat in Masters 40, winning over Glyn O’Brien and Dale McMullan.
Brendan Matterson was best of the Masters 50, with John Glover and Steve Graham second and third respectively.
The Hardtail class saw Andrew Graham win, while Jacob Draper topped the Enduro category, with Ciaran Donnellan winning the Sports class.
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