Hannah Mullin’s Race Review of Round 2 of the Highland Hardline DH Series

Hannah Mullen is one of Ireland’s upcoming young enduro and downhill riders. Read how she got on at the second round of the Highland Hardline Downhill Series in Fort William Scotland with support from the Women’s Commission bursary.

After a great weekend at Contin in Scotland for the 1st round of Highland Hardline Downhill Series, where I qualified to race at this year’s Mini DH race held at the DH world cup race in Fort William (June 2019) we decided to go over for the 2nd round held at the only official UCI World Cup DH race in the UK, the Nevis range, Fort William. I was joined by Brodie Hull and Jay Mcaleenan from Trail Demons CC and Callum and Arran Morris from Innishowen.

Once again it was an early start and a long drive after the ferry crossing; eventually we arrived at the Nevis range in Fort William, the sun was shining and I couldn’t wait to look at the track.

A few practice runs on the Saturday left me ready for the race on Sunday, even though I was very nervous, the course was a mixture of the actual UCI world cup DH and 4X course, which are both extremely fast, technical with big gap jumps, rock drops, berms etc, anyone who has been to watch the world cup or race there will know what I am talking about.

A good breakfast on Sunday morning and two practice runs and I was ready to race!

The first push up was nice and steady and the lags were fresh still at the top, it was very well organised, all safety checks were carried out, and I was ready to go. I think there was about 130 kids racing in all age categories, there was a great atmosphere.

“GO WHEN EVER YOU ARE READY!” The lady said as I left the starting gate.

The nerves disappeared as I rode down, keeping it fast, trying to get a good time in on my first run. Then some food and the long climb back to the top for Run 2.

Run 2 went better as I went quicker, I was hitting it hard where possible, some of the jumps were big, I was quicker than my 1st run by 2 seconds!

I waited and waited until finally the times were out and I had come 2nd, I was buzzing

The podiums started, “And in second place the MULLINATOR, Hannah Mullin”,was announced, I picked up a second place medal, a Mudhugger and an Endura buff, cool!

It was then straight back into the van then drive to the ferry for Belfast and then home.

I am hoping to go to the 3rd round which is in Golspie, the place where I done my first Highland hardline race last year, it was a great course.

I would like to thank Conor at Green Bikes (Newry) for all his help and support, Cycling Ireland Womens commission for all their help and support as well as everyone in Trail Demons. It means a lot.