This weekend was a home race for Team Maunsell at their local in Ballyhoura for round two of the Irish Gravity Enduro Series. Saturday was practice day and it didn’t get off to the best start. Jonathan crashed early on Stage 1 taking a hard hit, crushing his fingers. He went to get them checked out by the medics, luckily they were just badly bruised and he would be ok to race. The rest of the day consisted mainly of having the craic with some friends and enjoying dialling in some good lines.
Sunday was race day with five stages to get done. The weather was very changeable and after practicing on mostly dry trails on Saturday the rain came in over night changing the trails dramatically. This was good for Team Maunsell as they knew what the trails rode like in all conditions.
It was going to be a tough day out on the longest loop of the series with the very unpredictable weather conditions. Leah got off to a good start and kept it clean for most of the day. She really enjoyed racing at home and especially racing down stage five which was the trail ‘Peace Process’ built by her brother Jonathan. It was a really steep, technical, muddy trail – the Maunsell’s favourite! Leah took her Process 153DL to the top spot in the Elite Women’s category!
Jonathan snapped his chain on the start line of stage one. He fixed it and rode on for the day to come back and place fourth and second on the final two stages just two seconds off the win on both! On the bright side he is on the ferry to France right now headed to the Alps for two months. Next up for Team Maunsell is the EWS round in La Thuile Italy.