Team Maunsell

Fox and Friends: Jonathan Maunsell reports in from the Red Bull Fox Hunt

The Redbull Foxhunt took place last Sunday in Northern Ireland. It’s a mass start event with 550 riders starting together at the top of a mountain, all racing each other down and trying not to get caught by the Foxes! This year there were three foxes where Gee Atherton, Loic Bruni, and Greg Callaghan.

Irish Kona Racer Jonathan Maunsell was there competing and after a tough battle he finished up in seventh place just behind Gee Atherton. You have to see the overtake from his GoPro to believe it! Jonathan said “ It is a crazy feeling at the top of that hill, once the horn sounds chaos ensues! I had a slow start and had to dig deep and do A LOT of overtaking. Near the bottom of the course, I could feel the heat of Gee on my tail. I tried to defend my position, but out of the corner of my eye, I spotted Gee’s wheel flying past me in the air! I stuck with him to the line to finish in 7th position”


Road Trip: Kona’s Gravity Team Rider Leah Maunsell Heads to France

We got the Ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff and drove straight for 11 hours to Morzine for a few days to break up the journey on the way to French Enduro Series. We caught the last day of Crankworx Les Gets and then rode in Morzine for the next four days. It was the perfect start to our road trip. We even fit in one of BikeMorzines infamous chain-less Mates Race’s, where Leah managed to grab third place!

We then drove another 7hr to Val d’Allos for the French Enduro Series.

We arrived on Friday night, pretty tired after a long day of driving, to set up camp for the weekend. It was a much earlier start on Saturday morning than we are used to in Ireland and the French also run with a completely different format which I found really interesting.

Saturday morning leaving the race village at 7.30am – Stage 1, (20 mins approx.) one practice run and two race runs
Stage 2, (12 mins approx.) one practice run and one race run

I was really enjoying the stages and happy with my riding but as I wasn’t seeded I was catching and having to pass a lot of riders but I just used this as motivation to do well in order to be seeded for the Sunday. I got a flat on my second timed run which wasn’t ideal costing me some time but I was happy to be sitting in 4th in a stacked Elite Women field after day one!

Sunday – Stage 3, (13 mins approx.) one practice run and two race runs
Stage 4, (5 mins approx.) one blind race run

The stages on Sunday morning were tough. Lots of off camber climbing and traversing at the beginning to keep you on your toes! I got in to it after the practice run and was happy with my runs. The blind stage was the shortest stage of the weekend and also the most gravity fed! I was really excited for this stage but unfortunately I had a mechanical and lost a position. But how could you be disappointed after a weekend in the French Alps with six timed runs and over 1hr 20 timed racing! That’s a lot of bike time when you are used to the Irish hills! I didn’t have the best weekend result wise, but now I am raring to go for the Enduro a World Series in Milau next weekend!