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O’Callaghan continues to improve ahead of next step

Ardpatrick’s Oisin O’Callaghan continues to make an impact on the mountain biking world.

O’Callaghan has been in impressive form this season and despite a few errors and mechanical issues in the last couple of weeks, he keeps on going on an upward curve.

Recently, O’Callaghan has been racing on the Crankworx World Tour. In Austria, a couple of mistakes scuppered his chances of finishing in a high position.

A crash cost him dearly and forced him to lose a huge amount of racing time. He finished in fourth place as a result.

It was then onto the small town of Bala, Wales and the British National Downhill series.

O’Callaghan was back in top form in qualifying and broke three minutes in his run and looked on course for another impressive victory.

However, his bad luck continued and a mechanical issue at the starting gate saw O’Callaghan unable to finish the race.

Next stop in a busy few weeks was last weekend and the European Downhill Series.

That event took place in Abetone, central Italy. Racing in heat of 27 degrees, O’Callaghan was up against some of the fastest U-17 racers in Europe, as well as some bikers from Australia and South Africa.

Again, Oisin was in excellent form in qualification. He put in the fastest time in the qualifiers and this time he brought that form into the race itself.

A second place finish made up for some of the errors that blighted previous performances. By his own admission it was not a perfect race, but nonetheless was some reward for his efforts.

A brief break is now on the horizon with a trip to the World Cup in France to support some colleagues.

The trip to France is not just a watching brief, it will also be a learning mission ahead of next year when Oisin plans to enter the top tier racing system.

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Raffaele Rocca