New Kona Enduro Pro Leah Maunsell kicked off her 2017 race season off the same way she ended the last one: taking her Process 153 DL back to the top of the podium. You can read her race report in full below.

This weekend was my first race of the season. It was the first round of a regional enduro series held in Bike Park Ireland. After two weeks of consistent rain, it looked like it would be a wet one, and the Irish weather didn’t disappoint.

The format is a little different than the other Irish enduro events and than most enduro events period: it is blind racing with the course not announced in advance, and there are three stages which can be completed twice, but only your fastest time counts.

My plan was to get a solid time on the first run through the three stages and push a little harder on the second run. The conditions were wild and wet which meant changing track conditions as the day went on.

After getting each stage done once I stopped for a bite to eat and a dry kit change for the afternoon. On my fifth stage I hit the deck hard and took a slap to the wrist which meant I was unable to continue.

Luckily, because of the format, I had already done enough to get a result and it was good enough for the win in the Elite Women. I was really happy to get the season off to a good start. A few days rest for me now and then hopefully I’ll be ready to go again!

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