This weekend Team Maunsell made the journey from one corner of Ireland to the other, heading to the First Tracks Enduro in Bigwood up north. It was an early start, leaving home at 6am on Saturday morning, but with the sun shining it made things a little easier. Team Maunsell had an extra member representing them this weekend too, with Papa Maunsell (Cieran) making a comeback from injury. It was a new venue for Leah and Cieran so the excitement levels were high.
Saturday was practice and although the weather was good, the tracks were still a bit greasy. Unfortunately Jonathan didn’t have much luck and suffered a really bad crash in practice on stage one taking him out for the remainder of the day. He hit a tree at full speed and suffered a very bad dead leg. Leah and Cieran finished out the day hassle free and were ready for race day. The stages were tough with lots of flat and uphill sprinting. Sunday was going to be a tough days racing.
After a full evening and morning doing everything he could to get his leg feeling somewhat like normal Jonathan wasn’t going to be able to race at full speed. He was still determined to get out and ride despite having no practice on the stages and suffering badly when it came to sprinting. Adrenaline kept him upright and he rode to a 12th place finish in Elite Men.
Leah had a good day, with consistent stage times taking her Process 153DL to the top of the podium in the Elite Women’s category. Cieran also had a really good day and his results prove that all that time off from injury didn’t hold him back too much. He came third in the old man category on his Kona Process 167!