Last weekend saw Limerickman Oisín O’Callaghan claim his second National Downhill Cycling championship in the Mourne Mountains.
The Annual Cycling Ireland Downhill National Championships for 2019 were held in Rostrevor in the Mourne Mountains outside warren point Co Down.
Downhill Bike Racing is a race against the clock and over the course of two days participants have the opportunity to save hundreds of second everywhere you can to try get the fastest time.
Ardpatrick man Oisin O’Callaghan was going for his 2nd National Title. His practice round went as well as could be expected with O’Callaghan up almost 11 seconds on his nearest competitor with time to spare on older age groups also.
Overall O’Callaghan had the second-fastest time during practice. With the zero margin for errors during the race run, nerves were high as Oisin prepared to race.
However, despite some things not going to plan early on, O’Callaghan’s maturity and experience at this level saw him win out by a large margin in his field.
Once again his quality was demonstrated in that he was second overall just being beaten by 3 seconds by giant factory races Jacob Dickson who was Top 15 in the last World Cup.
Next up is IXS European Downhill Race in Pila Italy and from there a recce Val Di Sole World Cup Italy before the IXS European Downhill Cup in the Czech Republic in mid-August, all in search of that coveted World Cup racer title in 2020.