The first round of the Irish DH Champs took place in Rostrevor Co Down at the weekend and i was there to cheer on the crazy downhillers on this challenging track. Used at last seasons National Champs it sure seperates the men from the boys(or 3 ladies from girls that competed). The journey started early for myself and Hoppo so we could get to walk the track first. This was Ronans first DH in 15 years and he was well up for it.

His confidence was short lived once he seen the track but i assured him he would be grand and able to ride it all.

The talent on show was unreal. Some of the underage riders where so fast it was scary. Putting in times that would place them Top 15 in the Pro’s.

Nukeproof where out in full force with Dan Sheridan leading the way in Juniors.

Hoppo finished up 13th in Sport which was great for his first outing. Once again he is gunning for James O Carroll of OC Tuning who beat him by a second.

With over 250 riders on the day Downhill has now grown into a massive sport in Ireland and The young guns are now set to storm a trail at International level.

More pics here.


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