Monday, March 30th, 2015
It was the perfect start for the teams enduro campaign with a 1st place at round one of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup at Castlewellan. This was the first Enduro race of the season for both Chris and Kelan and they were excited to get things under way.
The weekend kicked off with practice on Saturday and both riders set off early to scope out all the stages. Glyn and his team at First tracks done an amazing job putting together 6 stages with a mix of trail centre and natural single track to test both skill and fitness.
Kelan was getting to grips with stage 3 early on in the day.
“I really enjoyed myself during practice, I was blown away by how technical some of the natural stuff was, the Nukeproof Mega AM was loving it. I had so much fun I had to do each stage twice! After practice was finished I was itching to get going on Sunday.” – Chris McGlinchey
Race day rolled around and with overnight rain it was going to be a challenging day of racing. Kelan was 1st up leaving the pits at 10am. “Overnight rain made race day much less predictable, it was important to have a fast but clean run on all the natural sections and empty the tank on the trail centre sections. The race went to plan for me and I had 6 clean fast runs apart from a puncture at the end of stage 3. I was stoked with my result (even though I received a time penalty at the end of the day), and to have my team mate take the win was a great start to the season! “ – Kelan Grant
“Race day started with a bit of a disaster for me when I caught my rear maxle on a rock on the way to stage one. After sourcing a replacement I headed on my way leaving the pits at around 12.45pm. (2 1/2 hours after checking into the first liaison stage). From here on the race went well for me, I kept it clean and safe on the technical sections and opened it up on the pedally sections. I had one big mistake on stage 5 but apart from that I was really happy with how I was riding. At the end of the day I just pipped Kelan to take 1st place. It was a great start to the season and a perfect start for the team” – Chris McGlinchey
Next race for the team will be the first round of the Gravity Enduro in Wicklow on the 11/12th April. Thanks to all the team sponsors for their support this season, Nukeproof, Bell Helmets, Schwalbe, SRAM, Ride 100%, Mucky Nutz, Point1 Athletic Development