Close racing at Ticknock Gravity Enduro Champs: Muldoon and McCarthy take the win

One of Ireland’s busiest mountain bike locations was dry and loose (for once!) for the Gravity Enduro Championships in Ticknock, Dublin this weekend. Biking.ie had been hard at work on trail building and maintenance with some classic trails given a well needed facelift for the race.

Beautiful berms up on Stage 5. Credit: Gravity Enduro Ireland

Its been an exciting season for Ireland’s fastest enduro riders Michelle Muldoon and Maeve Baxter with both taking wins across the season. This weekend was no different with another another close battle. At the end of five gruelling stages, Michelle took the overall win with fastest times across four out of five stages.

Pro Women’s winner Michelle Muldoon. Credit: Adrian van der Lee

Ruth Doorley rounded up the Pro Women’s podium in third, gaining consistent speed and skill over the season with less than 20 seconds between the three top riders in four of the stages.

Champagne party! Pro Women’s Category: 1st Michelle Muldoon, 2nd Maeve Baxter, 3rd Ruth Doorley

After winning the S2 category at the last cross country NPS  in Slade Valley, Leah McCarthy is going from strength to strength across multiple mountain bike disciplines with a win in the ever growing Women’s category. Lets hear from Leah:

Stages 1 & 2 were just off the top of Euroskeptic; the driest I have ever seen them. Lovely techie tight forests with some log jumps and loads of line choice. Stage 3 was back up to the top starting at T-Connector but watch out for that misleading berm at the bottom, it was a high left down into an open forest with some little kicker climbs. Stage 3 was a long stage so was happy to have a quick pit stop for some lunch, the Biking.ie lads had a lovely spread of food as always; thanks lads.

Fire road climb up to Stage 4; Husqy. Fast rocky start which lead into a steep forest, all my line choice from practice went out the window as the trails had become so chewed up! A fast rocky chute finish and then we were hiking the bikes back up onto fire road.

Women’s Category: 1st Leah McCarthy, 2nd Bernie Commins, 3rd Catriona Brady, 4th Brigitte Egan, 5th Marie Farrell

Last climb of the day up to 5, it started at the top of the new and improved Metro 1. Such a fun trail with lovely new berms, tight left down to the fire road and into the forest, again so much line choice. This stage finished at the car park and we were done.

Such a fun day and want to say a massive well done to the legend Bernie Commins, only 16 seconds between us and shout out to Caitriona Brady on her 3rd. Well done to all the Lady Shredders, we were out in force today. #RideForRyan

Results

Full results here

Enduro Mountain Bike Races in June

The next enduro races are the First Tracks Enduro in Rostrevor on the 23rd/24th of June, and the Davagh Enduro on the 30th of June. Loads to choose from and don’t forget to get your entries in early.

Never heard of enduro mountain biking and want to find out more? 

Read our enduro 101 here!

Photo credits: Adrian Van Der Lee, Michelle Muldoon, Gravity Enduro Ireland, Agata Grzywacz.

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