Round 5 of the Cuchulainn MTB League was contested on the open mountain for the second week running last Tuesday night.
The course comprised of 8.7km of open mountain racing covering all terrain types, climbs, technical descents and large expanses of water.
The first of the 16 riders set off at 7pm followed closely by the different handicapped groups; the first part of the course mainly being a 4km climb before starting a series of steep and shallow technical descents, finishing with a 900m technical single track and fire road climb to the line.
The race to the line was extremely close, in the final 250m the gradient ramped up quite quickly and sapped the legs of energy, six riders finishing in the 55th minute of racing provided an exciting spectacle as white line fever took hold.
Unfortunately Terry McEneaney - who was riding like a demon possessed - had a flat tyre approximately 6km into the race which lost him about 10 minutes which could have changed the top three results.
A big thank you goes to Ed Lennox who endured the midges and the rain to do the timekeeping on the night.
Results of Round 5 - 1st: John Loane; 2nd: Michael Wilson; 3rd: Meave Baxter; Fastest rider: Michael Wilson 36 min 20 secs.
Round 6 will take place on Tuesday June 18 at 7pm. All visiting club riders and guests are welcome to compete as long as they hold a 2013 Cycling Ireland License.