Friday, May 29th, 2015
Last weekend saw the Enduro World Series circus roll into County Wicklow, Ireland for round 2 of the series. Nukeproof had a huge compliment of athletes representing, including enduro specialists Mark Scott (wideopenmag team) and finish superstar Matti Lehikoinen , Northern Irish duo Chris McGlinchey and Kelan Grant from our Development Team, Brand ambassador Chris Kilmurray, and the Chain Reaction Cycles- Paypal team of Mike Jones, Joe “Jo-duro” Smith, Elliot Heap and team manager Nigel Page. Also, great to see Nukeproof boss Michael Cowan and engineer Dale McMullan racing.
With an eclectic mix of Downhill style technical descents and flat out sprints the track builders at Carrick had designed a fantastic racers venue which was spectator friendly for the enthusiastic crowd.
Nukeproof also had the full set up there to help out any racers on a Nukeproof bike with set up’s and bike checks, care of ex world cup mechanic and Nukeproof brand manager Ali Beckett. Great weekend with some fantastic performances from Mark Scott to take his best EWS result in 11th place and Mike Jones in 22nd and Joe Smith in 23rd. Elliot making it 10th in Juniors. Big shout to Nigel Page who made it round to a 2nd place (Masters Class) in his first ever Enduro less that 2 seconds of the win!
Below is the Nukeproof Development Teams race report:
The most anticipated event of the year for everyone in Ireland did not disappoint! Chain Reaction Cycles Emerald Enduro was held at Carrick Mountain, Co Wicklow and was set to be a great event. For the Nukeproof Factory Racing Team this was their EWS debut, both Chris and Kelan were looking to make a big impact and gain as much experience as possible.
Practice got underway on Friday and was stage 1-4 with the remaining 3 stages being open for practice on Saturday. Niall and the whole Biking.ie crew had done an amazing job and created 7 very testing tracks both physically and technically. The guys were both getting on well in practice.
“For me this was one of the best races of the year, I felt fast and strong on the bike and felt I could do well. Practice on Friday and Saturday was great and I ended up nearly doing each stage twice. This took up quite a bit of energy for Sunday however I felt spending more time on the stages was the best thing to do so that I could learn the trails. I was excited to get going on Sunday!” – Kelan
“I had only ever ridden the downhill track in Carrick so was excited to see what Niall had in stall for us. After both days practice I was happy to see that there was a good mix of dh orientated trails and more physical stages which would really test all styles of riders. For me after practice I felt really strong on stage 6 and 7 and was looking forward to race day.” Chris
“ Unfortunately race day didn’t go as planned for myself, I punctured on stage 2, 6 & 7 which ended my chances of a top 40 result. At the end of the day I finished up in 73rd place. I took a lot of positives out of the race however with a 31st and 30th on stage 3 and 4 I knew that my pace was there and I’m now looking forward to improving on this result next weekend at the next round in Scotland” – Chris
“Race day didn’t start great with a crash on stage one however after this I put my head down and had 5 fast clean stages, a small stall on the final stage of the day but I was very happy with how I was riding throughout the day. After a long six hour day with hard physical and technical stages I was stoked with 29th position against some big names. I’m now looking forward to much of the same this weekend at the 3rd round of the EWS.” – Kelan
For the team this was a great start to their EWS campaign with both Chris and Kelan showing great potential. The next event will be the Tweed Love EWS in Scotland this weekend where Chris and Kelan will be competing, DH rider Jack will be competing in the 3rd round of the BDS. Thanks to all the team sponsors for their continued support, Nukeproof, Bell Helmets, Schwalbe, SRAM, Ride 100%, Mucky Nutz, Point1 Athletic Development.
Thanks to Duncan Phillpot and John Roche for the photos.
Great weekend for the whole Nukeproof team.