With two female race categories (Pro Women and Women), the first Gravity Enduro race of the year in Ballinastoe was geared up for a strong women’s turnout. Riders didn’t disappoint with 21 female riders racing on a drizzly April Sunday in Wicklow.
Michelle Muldoon took first place overall, continuing her winning streak in the Pro Women’s category this year.
So happy to take the win in Pro-Women today at the first round of the Irish Gravity Enduro Series! 😀 What a belter of a race put on by Biking.ie Great craic as always and absolutely brilliant racing! So awesome to now have two womens categories back again with 21 women out racing!!!!
Michelle Muldoon through the slimy roots. Photo credit: Adrian Van Der Lee
Maeve Baxter storming into 2nd place in Pro Women.
Pro Womens Podium: Michelle Muldoon (1st), Maeve Baxter (2nd) Ruth Doorley (3rd), Trish Doyle (4th)
Winner of the Women’s category Lorraine O’Sullivan tells us how she got on:
The day started in sunshine with the ladies riding together. Stage 1 was difficult to say the least (lots of crashing from me!) with wet mud from top to bottom that sapped the energy. Things went better from there with the remaining 4 stages improving in condition and less crashes . Stage 5 was still a huge challenge with sticky mud at the top and two stage climbs near the end just when you’d run out of steam. In general given the winter we’ve had, the GE lads did a great job on the stages. Overall it was a tough race but seeing so many of the girls entered was great to see.
Some of the sloppy conditions on Stage 1 after a rainy Saturday night
Ladies Who Shred during sunny Saturday practice
Representing the next generation of enduro women riders, Hannah Mullen place third in the Youth (12-13 mixed) category, even with a mid-stage puncture!
Full results here
Taking a break in Ballinastoe
Ciara Bourke with steely focus
Dropping into the dark woods
Post race chats
Enduro Mountain Bike Races in April and May
The next enduro races are Round 2 of the Grassroots Series in Bike Park Ireland on April the 29th (sold out), First Tracks Enduro Round 2 in Bigwood on the 12/13th of May, and Gravity Enduro Round 2 in Mount Leinster on the 19th/20th of May (EWS Qualifier). Don’t forget to get your entries in early.
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Photo credits: Ciara Bourke, Adrian Van Der Lee, Hannah Mullin