This past Sunday was the second round of the 2015 Enduro World Series in County Wicklow, Ireland, about an hour south of Dublin. Macky flew into England a week before the race and met up with some friends and after a few days of exploring the trails near their home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, drove (and ferried) with them to Ireland.
The race was spectacular. The weather was uncommonly dry for Ireland and with the exception of one short rain shower on the first day of practice, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Like the EWS in Rotorua, it was a 7-stage, one-day race, but the final totals ended up being a bit smaller, with only 35 miles of riding and 6000 feet of climbing. The trails were a mixture of loose, high-speed sections and tight, twisting, muddy singletrack through the trees and were absolutely lined with rowdy, costumed Irish spectators. Apparently the Irish are into mountain biking…
At the end of the day, Macky ended up 82nd in the Open Men’s category out of 214 finishers (approximately 25% of the field didn’t finish). He had some crashes and took an accidental 15-minute detour on his way to stage 5 but still arrived on time for all of his starts and finished the day mechanical-free. Now he’s on his way to Scotland for next weekend’s EWS round near Peebles. And if Scotland lives up to its reputation, it will be steep, rooty, rocky and extremely wet. Wish him luck.
After dropping Macky off at the airport the weekend before last, Syd headed to the mountains of Glorieta, NM (just outside of Santa Fe) for the second round of the NM Enduro Cup. The weather didn’t cooperate and instead of pre-riding Syd hid in the van while it snowed and hailed. Race day dawned bright and clear, however the fire road transitions were still muddy. In fact, muddy is a bit of an understatement. Racers slogged through six inches of New Mexico’s finest clay, which clogged up bikes, coated tires and pretty much destroyed everyone’s drive chains. The race stages weren’t nearly as wet – they were a bit slippery, but still quite fun. Syd had a few crashes and some drive chain issues, but finished in 3rd in the pro women’s field behind Leigh Bowe and Krista Park. And it was a great adventure!
Here’s Syd’s blog post about the race - http://www.freewheellifeblog.com/mountain-biking/go-home-may-youre-drunk-lamentations-on-tire-choice-and-spring-in-nm
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What a blast! We all got lots of flying in. Thanks to all that came and thanks to Gary the owner of the field for giving us such a nice place to fly. Also thanks to all the sponsors that supported our event the guys really appreciated it !!!
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