This weekend was the final Enduro race of the season for me and there was no better way to wrap it up! Team Maunsell made the five-hour journey up North to the FirstTracks Enduro Cup in Donard, Co Down. It was sure to be a great weekend with 5 natural stages at a new venue for us!
Saturday practice didn’t get off to the best start for me after suffering a muscle spasm in my back early on. But after a quick trip to the chemist to get some healing stuff, I was good to head back up the hill for more practice. It was a long day on the hill but it was worth it for the 5 amazing dry stages. The weather forecast wasn’t so promising for race day though!
Sunday morning came and it was a race against the rain! Dad and I headed out early and only got caught in one shower heading up for our final stage. Jonathan, however, had completely different track conditions later in the day after the rain.
The stages were technical and had quite a few tight sections. You really had to be consistent and not make too many mistakes as there wasn’t much pedalling to make back time. I was happy with how my day went, having consistent smooth stages. Time to head back to the paddock to check in our times.
There’s a first time for everything! Team Maunsell take a podium position each in their respective categories for the first time! Leah won the Elite Women’s category, Jonathan came third in Elite Men and Cieran (Dad/Mechanic/Driver) came third in his age category (old man category)! What a successful end to a fantastic Enduro season. All three Kona Process 153DL’s performed perfectly all weekend! Now onto the final race of the season, a downhill race next weekend.