'If Carlsberg did Irish Championships' This was the quote of the weekend and that pretty much sums up the whole event. Even with the thrills, spills, knocks and bangs of racing there was not one person went home without a smile on their face.
When something needs done it must be done 100% is the philosophy taken by the organisers of the biggest event on the Irish downhill calendar. Chain Reaction Cycles club, the Newry & Mourne District Council and First tracks MTB teamed up to deliver what is arguably the best downhill race this country has seen to date. 200 riders and copious amounts of spectators took to the slopes of Slievebane in Rostrevor during the weekend of the 19/20th July and boy they did not disappoint. With all the talk in the pits about a challenging track, riders were keen to get practicing on Saturday morning. Steve Bell and Deejay O'Hare went into 'rider down' overdrive as riders tried to pick their way down the fresh loamy steep turns. By lunch time most people got to grips with things, lines got dialled in and the pace was getting faster.
IDMS Round 1 - Rostrevor, Co. Down - Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th March 2014
The Trail starts high on Slievebane overlooking Carlingford Lough and Rostrevor village. The first few hundred metres are fast natural trail with a few drops, turns and steep shutes before joining 'On the Pulse'. From here its a rollercoaster ride with plenty of natural sections threw in to keep riders on their toes and the speed and flow of the trail high. Shortly after Hecklers Rock it Joins 'Mega Mission' before a nice step down into the finish area if you have the balls!
Results World Police and Fire Games: Open Race
Downhill Mountain Biking