450 riders descended on Rostrevor in the Mourne Mountains this weekend for one of the craziest mass start races ever seen – this year riders had to avoid not one Fox but three Foxes! Fast ones at that with double World Champion Gee leading out the fox-pack joined by current World Champ Loic Bruni and last year’s winner Colin Ross!
The course was “sick, bloody good fun!” slippery, rocky with plenty of opportunity for some wild overtaking! At 3.5 miles long it was also plenty physical! Gee said “The level of testosterone at the top of that hill was immense, everyone was roaring! We even had the Dire Wolves from Game of Thrones up there!
The carnage was immense, as ever!! Watch out for Gee’s GoPro run out soon! Gee said “ that was awesome, thanks Red Bull Ireland for another amazing event, good work to everyone who raced, this was a tough one and a bloody good battle!”
Gee placed 9th, ahead of 395 other riders. Colin Ross placed 17th and Loic Bruni, the third Fox, was 18th. Kelan Grant the 24 year old Irish Enduro champion from Omagh clinched the win after opening up a gap in the top climb.
I Kelan Grant 6.47.57
2 James McFerron 7.10.76 +23.19
3 Conor Bate 7.20.75 +33.18
9 Gee Atherton 7.44.81 +57.245
17 Colin Ross 8.31.247 1.43.67
18 Loic Bruni 8.31.247 + 1.44.00
Photo credit Red Bull Content Pool/Romina Amato