Last XC NPS in Davagh: McManus wins

The 2018 XC MTB season will be remembered as a hot, dry and sunny one, with more women taking to the trails around the country.

In the last Cross Country National Points Series at Davagh Forest, Ciara McManus took the Senior 1 win from speedy Junior rider, and series leader Niamh McKiverigan.

Ciara McManus Photo credit: Gareth Gibbons Photography

Senior 2 had one of the biggest turnouts this season with 9 racers from all over Ireland. There was a great battle between Leah McCarthy and Trudy Brown with less than a minute separating both riders. Joanna Bula rounded up the podium with third place. 

Video from the Senior 2 race: Credit: Leah McCarthy

The Senior 3 race, geared at first time racers, had Ciara Nolan again taking first place, with Louise Friel in second. 

Junior riders

The future is bright with a heap of junior girl riders riding a shorter course. Darcey Harkness won the Under 16s, Hannah Mullin the Under 14s, Aine Doherty the Under 12s, Cara Sucking the Under 10s and Aofie Craig the Under 8s.  

Results

Senior 1 podium: 1st Ciara McManus, 2nd Niamh McKiverigan. Photo credit: Gareth Gibbons Photography

Senior 2 podium: 1st Leah McCarthy, 2nd Trudy Brown, 3rd Joanna Bula Photo credit: Leah McCarthy

Senior 3 winners: 1st Ciara Nolan, 2nd Louise Friel

Full results available here 

Detailed race report by Martin Grimley here

Series results

This year has had a good turnout in the Senior 2 (13) and 3 (6) categories, with many of these riders looking to step up to Senior 1 next year. 

Senior 1 NPS Series winner: Niamh McKiverigan

Senior 2 NPS Series winner: Niamh McGreen

Senior 3 NPS Series winner: Ciara Nolan

Under 16 NPS Series winner: Darcey Harkness

Under 14 NPS Series winner: Hannah Mullin

Under 12 NPS Series winner: Aine Doherty

Under 10 NPS Series winner: Cara Suckling

Under 8 NPS Series winner: Aoife Craig

Full series results available here.