Wicklow, Ireland, delivered an epic weekend of racing for Team CRC Mavic at the Enduro World Series, with Elliott Heap winning the Under-21 race, Sam Hill narrowly missing out on first in the Pro Men category and Nigel Page bagging another second place in the Masters category.
Team Manager Nigel Page brings us this report:
Round four of the Enduro World Series took us back to Wicklow, Ireland, for the third consecutive year. It was a one day race with six stages this year.
Friday was practice for stages 1-4 in glorious sunshine and the tracks were bone dry and super fast and fun.
It was a different story however for Saturday practice on stages five and six as the heavens opened and there was torrential rain all day turning the tracks into rivers of mud.
Sunday race day came along and the rain had stopped but the tracks were so muddy and slippy all day making it a huge challenge for the race. A lot slower and a much more physical effort was needed.
This is a special race for us as it’s the home of our sponsors Chain Reaction Cycles and so we always want to do well for them as well as the amazing Irish crowd that come in their thousands to support the riders.
Barry Sheene replica Nukeproof Mega 275
It was a very special weekend for myself as Rob Sherratt from Nukeproof surprised me with a very special custom Nukeproof Mega 275 frame. We had discussed some ‘hero’ bike designs over a year ago and Rob had been working hard to get me a custom painted Barry Sheene replica bike done (my childhood hero) and to top it off Mavic had custom painted my Deemax Pro wheels gold like Barry’s and made me some custom pants and jersey to replicate Barry Sheene’s racing leathers.
Then the icing on the cake: 100% had custom painted me an aircraft helmet – again, a replica of Barry Sheene’s helmet. I was like a big kid at Christmas, what an amazing gift thanks so much to Rob and everyone involved I am very grateful, I definitely won the coolest bike and gear award for the weekend!
Nigel second in Masters
I was off first for the team in the Masters category and after a long tough day with some seriously slippy and physical stages I managed to battle my way back up to second place after the six stages. I lost most of my time to Karim Amour on stages three and four but was very happy to finish on the podium.
Elliott tops the podium
Then it was young ripper Elliott Heap up who was super determined for this race and he didn’t disappoint, dominating stage one by eight seconds and winning most stages in the Under-21 category with a couple of big crashes in two stages. But Elliott rode so well and bagged his first big win for the team. Huge congrats Elliott!
Sam battles hard for second
Then it was time for the Pro men. The tracks were starting to dry out in the open sections but still muddy and hard going in the trees. Sam Hill battled hard all day never giving up even after puncturing on stage three and riding all the way up the transition to stage four with a rear flat.
Sam then amazingly won stage four and with a load of second places finished second for the day only five seconds down on the eventual winner Adrien Dailly of France. Massive well done Sam.
So three podiums for the team was an awesome weekend and a big congrats to Michael Cowan from CRC for fourth place in the Masters, you rode great.
Thanks to Jacy and Brooks for all their hard work and Fraser Britton for the photos.
Cheers to Jerry from Meath Arms also for the great Irish hospitality.
All images by Fraser Britton.