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SSEC2014 Small Country ...Big Gear

Posted on April 29, 2014 @ 11:51 AM in Mountainbiking

The 2014 Single Speed European Championships were billed as 'Wonderfully Weird and a little bit Wacky'. So when over 260 European mountain bikers descended upon the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails clad in everything from Scandinavian Viking Dress to Leprechauns and Clowns we knew the weekend was going to live up to it's ever growing reputation! 

Of course, SSEC2014 was always going to be 'more about the party than the prizes' and so true to form the weekend showcased the best of European Single Speeding's fun-loving ethos!  

Even the people of Castlewellan got into the action, taking the traditional 'Bike Mix Up' to a whole new level - great effort!

And then there was the now famous bike throwing competition... there's goes our trusty steed from SSEC2013. Hats off to David Mitchell who won a Surly Krampus with his colossal effort! 

Of course, there was a whole chunk of riding thrown in for good measure with first place scooped up by Italy's Umberto Corti. Congratulations Umberto!! 

Needless to say, Castlewellan was buzzing throughout the weekend with the pubs full of mountain bikers from no less than nineteen different countries across the world. Represent!

The Cafes were busy too's the scene outside Coffee Dock in Castlewellan on the Saturday morning!!!

So as we wrap up this year's Single Speed European Championships all that's left to say is a huge thank you to Down District Council for funding this iconic event on the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails. Thank you to our co-organisers and incredible volunteer team from the Northern Ireland Mountain Biking Alliance and THANK YOU to everyone who took part in SSEC2014 for making it an unforgettable weekend! 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Sicily for SSEC2015! 

Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

2 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Brian MacLeod on April 29, 2014 @ 7:03 PM

What I learnt:

The Irish invented partying

Slovenians never sleep and are generous.

Sicilians love eggs and vinegar

Ireland has hills

I'm too old for all this nonsense.

See you all in Sicily next year! :)

Posted by Chris Millar on April 29, 2014 @ 8:51 PM

Legendary work guys, just magic! Certainly one of the best MTB events on the calendar, and a real coup for N.I. to host this amazing event. The reception from the locals was warm and welcoming for every nationality, the fayre from everywhere, perfect for hungry riders. The hard work that went into this was clear from the off, and I for one can't wait to see what else you have under your hats!

Can't wait for SSEC 2015- Sicily!

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