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Race Report: Davagh Enduro 2014

Posted on July 2, 2014 @ 3:21 PM in Mountainbiking

The second Davagh Enduro powered by Chain Reaction Cycles took place in Davagh Forest Trails on Sun 29th June. Weather was picture perfect but we had clouds of killer midges who must have thought it was their lucky day. 200 rider sell out event and some sponsored riders also in the mix. We had a strong field who travelled from the south which made for some great racing with the best of the local and international riders.

Davagh Enduro

It was great to welcome a Pro field and with Colin Ross riding for Vitus Factory Racing taking the win closely followed by Gavin O'Connell of Team Worc and firsttracksmtb.com Glyn O'Brien Riding for Nukeproof finishing the Pro Podium.

Davagh Enduro

The Mens Elite field was again a stacked talented bunch. Alastair Beckett riding for Nukeproof  Chainreactioncycles.com took the top spot.  French rider Jeremy Durand riding for chainreactioncycles.com came in a close second place. Garreth Davis representing Biking.ie took the third spot.

Davagh Enduro

The Mens Sport category and the largest field was the closest podium of the day with just 1 second difference in 1st and 2nd Local rider Alan Gilkinson of East Tyrone Cycling club took the top spot with neighbouring cycling club Carn wheelers rider Tomas McElwee taking second.  MBW – Kona Ireland's Neil Martin took third.

Davagh Enduro

The Female Category was crowned by Ciara MacManus riding for Summit Mountain Biking. Lesley Archer of the Muddy Butts came in second with Belles rider Julie McCorry taking third.

Davagh Enduro

Racing got under way after a long climb up the notorious widow maker.  Steelweld Fabrications Ltd Cookstown Stage 1 was a long stage with a good mix of fast descents and tough climbing really put pain on the riders from the word go.

Meat At Regan's Stage 2 was again a long stage.  More suited to the xc rider it finished with a technical off camber rooty section through the trees. Returning close to the car park.

The Shepherds Rest Stage 3 took the riders out of the car park again.  The stage was a shorter one but unfortunately for the riders more climbing than descending. After it as finished another climb up the Window Maker to repeat the first section of stage 1

The Market Inn Draperstown Stage 4 was similar to stage one. It ran firstly over the same section then at a fork in the trail took a left turn running parallel to stage 1.  This one wasn't just as long as stage 1 but covered some very fast sections.

The Diamond Service Station Draperstown Stage 5 was again a mix of descents and flatter pedal  sections.  Boundary rock was once again a hit with the spectators.  This natural rock feature is technical going in and steep going down. 

Davagh Enduro

It was great to see such a big turn out and the riders were treated to a big spread at the end.  Soup, Sandwiches, Sausage rolls, Buns, Biscuits and teas and coffee seemed to go down a treat judging by the empty trays.

This years chosen charity was S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health.  The girls came up and set up an information stand.  They even helped out with our registration food tables and clear up so thanks for that.  We later presented the girls with a cheque and also some donations from food and T-shirt sales to spectators, walkers and friends.

Davagh Enduro

The race is great for the area and promotion of Davagh forest trails.  We had a sold out international field of riders.  They have stayed in campsites, B&B's and Hotels and with promises to visit again with family and friends can only be a real boost to the local economy.  We had to be careful with race numbers due to the size of parking and the length of the trails.  Hopefully in the future we can open the cap on entries and have even more staying and racing.  To cope with more numbers Davagh would need to extend the trails with longer unbroken descents, Singletrack climbs to the top and possibly a jump park and DH trail.  These are all things that will really attract more riders to come here and stay.  If this was ever an option Parking would have to be looked at as it was at capacity on sunday

Davagh Enduro

I would like to thank our title sponsor Chainreactioncycles and second sponsor Steelweld Fabrications ltd Cookstown.  Also our stage Sponsors Meat At Regan's Draperstown, The Shepherds Rest, Diamond service station Draperstown and the Market Inn Draperstown. Sperrin Bakery Draperstown provided top class food with Wilson's Fruit and Veg Bellaghy helping with Bananas for our food station.

Thanks also to our marshals I couldn't have done this without the team who stood out in the midge infested forest all day. Joan provided first class catering again and dished it out with the help of the girls from S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health Charity. Ivan Park my Co-organiser who as always give it 100% and came up with some great plan b's when things didn't quiet go to plan. Lastly all riders for coming up and supporting the race.  A tougher course this year but thankfully everyone enjoyed the challenge.

Photos: Warren McConnaughie - Industry Image

Mickey Regan
Mickey Regan  Mountain Biker

I am a bit of a Mountain bike fanatic. I ride most types of Mountain biking from XC, DH to All Mountain epics. I ride mainly for the enjoyment of the sport. Racing only occassionaly to keep me on my toes. For me it doesn't mater if I am ridding off the side of a Rocky Mountain, up to the hubs in mud or on a trail centre all weather surface. Being happy on the mountain bikes in the open air is what it is all about.

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