This past weekend was the most important Enduro race on the Irish calendar. It was a new venue for the series with six brand new stages. The winner this weekend would triumph in true tough Irish weather conditions and be crowned Irish National Enduro Champion and rock that Irish sleeve with pride!
One day, six stages, two hills with terrain varying from wet rocky, rooty, tight twisty trails in the trees to a pure sticky mud fest in the second woods. It was the perfect venue to test both the rider and the bike!
As if the stages weren’t hard enough the head wind on the transitions were cruel!
I started off my day well with a clean stage one. I was little cautious on stage two after having a bad crash here in practice yesterday. On stage three I got back up to speed with another clean stage and ready to go after lunch for the final three stages.
Stages four and five were the really muddy stages, a true test for the riders both physically and mentally. After having to dismount and run an off-camber traverse at the top of stage four due to the deep mud ruts I got back on and into the flow of the water and mud quite quickly.
Stage six was a good way to finish the day on the less muddy but still quite slippy flat out stage.
After making it through the day without any dramas or even a crash I was super pleased with my performance.
I was delighted to retain my National Title for another year and I will be wearing the tri-colors with pride next year!
Thanks to Kona Bikes for my sweet Process 153DL that once again performed faultlessly all weekend!