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Title: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: MAD Committee on 09, April, 2017, 09:08:48 PM
Gravity Enduro Round 1
Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow
22/23 April

Ballinastoe kicks off 2017, setting of the infamous Blast, the 2013 National Championships and home to some of the most exhilarating trails on the east coast. Ballinastoe boasts some of the longest stages in the country and yet has some of the shortest transitions. The trails offer a great challange for all levels of rider, between technichial ability and pedal power, the faster you go, the harder it gets! Over the years the trails have been adjusted and climbs reduced, feeding the gravity back into the stages. If you haven't tried Enduro racing before, then this could be the one for you.

http://gravityenduro.ie/index.php/races/round-1 (http://gravityenduro.ie/index.php/races/round-1)
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: ruth:D on 11, April, 2017, 09:30:40 AM
All signed up for this one.
Does anyone know if they are featuring the 'pump n grind' no pedalling stage this year?
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 11, April, 2017, 12:33:16 PM
I hope not, lol. I'd be hopeless at it
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: edson on 13, April, 2017, 11:21:33 AM
From the rules on the Gravity website:

You must present your Cycling Ireland Competition Licence at registration or purchase a general one day licence (which covers you for the whole event) at a cost of 20.
If you have a Cycling Ireland Leisure Licence there is a top up fee of 10.

I assume from the above that all i'd have to pay is 10, since i have a leisure license?

Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 13, April, 2017, 12:32:29 PM
From the rules on the Gravity website:

You must present your Cycling Ireland Competition Licence at registration or purchase a general one day licence (which covers you for the whole event) at a cost of 20.
If you have a Cycling Ireland Leisure Licence there is a top up fee of 10.

I assume from the above that all i'd have to pay is 10, since i have a leisure license?


I saw that and thought the same myself
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: DerMot on 13, April, 2017, 12:57:46 PM
From the rules on the Gravity website:

You must present your Cycling Ireland Competition Licence at registration or purchase a general one day licence (which covers you for the whole event) at a cost of 20.
If you have a Cycling Ireland Leisure Licence there is a top up fee of 10.

I assume from the above that all i'd have to pay is 10, since i have a leisure license?

Did my CI Licence not cover this last year?  I forget.

I saw that and thought the same myself
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: AussieSteve on 16, April, 2017, 07:55:26 PM
I assume from the above that all i'd have to pay is 10, since i have a leisure license?

Finbar, that's right, with a leisure licence, you will need to buy at day licence at each event.

Leah, Dermot - you each have a competition licence therefore you're covered for all events.  You don't need a day licence.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Spud on 17, April, 2017, 09:35:30 PM
Signed up for this today. Dipping the toe to see what it's all about.

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 19, April, 2017, 02:31:54 PM
I assume from the above that all i'd have to pay is 10, since i have a leisure license?

Finbar, that's right, with a leisure licence, you will need to buy at day licence at each event.

Leah, Dermot - you each have a competition licence therefore you're covered for all events.  You don't need a day licence.


Excellent news :)

Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: WeekendWarrior on 20, April, 2017, 08:44:36 PM
What time are people heading down to practice at on Saturday?
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 20, April, 2017, 09:26:30 PM
Yeh what is the plan for Saturday? What time can we register? I'm planning to get there early enough and do one stage?


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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: WeekendWarrior on 20, April, 2017, 09:39:26 PM
Registration starts at 9. I'd rather get it out of the way early and do a bit of practice.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: ruth:D on 20, April, 2017, 09:54:40 PM
Think I'll try make it for 9.30am and practice a few stages or well maybe all of them  :P
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 20, April, 2017, 10:03:13 PM
Yeh I think I'm gona aim to be there for 9. They just sent an email there


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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 20, April, 2017, 10:54:15 PM
I'll be there for 09:00 to register and head straight to the new sections for some practice.


Won't be doing a whole lot, have to conserve some energy for the race..!


The issue will probably be trying to get in/out of the field where you've to park so hoping to get there early enough to avoid a traffic jam.


The email, just received, said you could register in groups of 6 for those wanting to team up... could sort out something on Saturday morning if people are interested..
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Hutch on 20, April, 2017, 11:19:17 PM
Will be there early ready for registration at 9 and trying to get used to the new bike  ::)


See you there
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: WeekendWarrior on 20, April, 2017, 11:19:37 PM
I'll be there for 09:00 to register and head straight to the new sections for some practice.


Won't be doing a whole lot, have to conserve some energy for the race..!


The issue will probably be trying to get in/out of the field where you've to park so hoping to get there early enough to avoid a traffic jam.


The email, just received, said you could register in groups of 6 for those wanting to team up... could sort out something on Saturday morning if people are interested..


Yeah sounds good Steve
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 20, April, 2017, 11:22:55 PM
Good man Ferg, see you Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Mantas on 21, April, 2017, 06:57:33 AM
I'll be there early, see you guys tomorrow

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 21, April, 2017, 06:59:13 AM
Ok I'll meet use at 9. Steve I'm with you, I want to do that new section that we walked down. Would be good if we could group up together See use tomorrow


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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Spud on 21, April, 2017, 07:21:27 AM
I won't be able to get there until mid morning but only planning on reccie-ing the new stuff. Gotta conserve the energy for the race!   

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: nmcgreen on 21, April, 2017, 09:34:12 AM
I'll come for 9.30 for the practise. I only want to try the new trails.  Can only stay out for a couple of hours.

See ye then
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Antti on 21, April, 2017, 10:46:33 AM
Looks that I need to skip the race. Started to ride bit too soon after a cold and still feeling bad.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: krezi on 21, April, 2017, 11:38:21 AM
In the same boat Antti coming off a cold....
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: edson on 21, April, 2017, 12:20:10 PM
I'll try to be there by 9 as well so.  :-\
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: DerMot on 21, April, 2017, 02:36:50 PM
HHmmmmhh, few people just doing the new sections, not eh whole practice.  Do we know where these new sections are?  Stage numbers etc?
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: James R on 21, April, 2017, 03:29:31 PM
Had talking myself into racing after the super spin last Friday but can't race now due to family commitments that popped up.
 :(

Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 21, April, 2017, 08:06:27 PM
That's unfortunate James but you've the EWS Challenger event to look forward​ to..., won't be long coming around...!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 21, April, 2017, 08:09:50 PM
Folks, don't forget your CI Licence for registration, mine only arrived yesterday..!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: edson on 21, April, 2017, 09:15:53 PM
Folks, don't forget your CI Licence for registration, mine only arrived yesterday..!

Shite, hope the paper copy will do!?


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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: edson on 22, April, 2017, 08:26:48 AM
I won't make it til after 9.30 at least, closer to 10 more likely!

Feicin babies


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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Scrivo on 22, April, 2017, 05:55:57 PM
Tough auld going out there today. The trails looks perfect but there were lots of greasy roots to catch you out. I ended up on my back a good few times. Very physical stages with a fair bit of pedalling in them. Bring on tomorrow. Head down and pull like dogs! Good luck everybody

Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: AussieSteve on 22, April, 2017, 08:59:53 PM
It was like two different venues - wet and slippery everywhere up top and bone dry on the lower sections.  Good luck and enjoy the racing tomorrow everyone.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Spud on 23, April, 2017, 07:37:21 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed that today. Shattered now though. Well done to all!

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: ruth:D on 24, April, 2017, 08:59:25 AM
That was a great day! Trails were super nice tho still a bit greasy in parts, I got caught out by a few muddy roots up top.
Well done to Leah, Niamh, Finbar, Fergal, Mantas and whoever else I'm forgetting on popping their Gravity Enduro cherry  ;D 
It was brilliant to see over 20 women racing out on the hill. Well done to Francois on his 4th place and to everyone who raced!


Devastated to hear that it was Steve that crashed on Stage 2 - hope are doing ok, let us know?! And Pete, we got your message over the MC that you were doing fine in the hospital. Speedy recovery to you both!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: edson on 24, April, 2017, 09:10:10 AM
Delighted to have that done, was great fun, but tough keeping up with the girls! I didn't come last, barely, but lots of scope for improvement i think  ;)


I hope Steve n Pete feel better soon!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 24, April, 2017, 09:13:51 AM
Great craic with great company. 1st Enduro under the belt, can't wait for the next one  ;D


Speedy recovery lads
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: nmcgreen on 24, April, 2017, 09:24:47 AM
Really enjoyed that. Might have caught the enduro bug! 
Loads of room for improvement but happy enough that I got through without crashing!  And loving the Yeti on those trails

Great company for the day in Ruth, Leah, Finbar - and Spud from time to time.

Really sorry to hear that Pete and Steve crashed.  Hope you're both doing ok

Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 24, April, 2017, 09:56:49 AM
Thanks guys. In more discomfort than pain but on the mend. Anyone know how my bike fared 😂..?!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: muckwarrior on 24, April, 2017, 10:32:32 AM
Thanks guys. In more discomfort than pain but on the mend. Anyone know how my bike fared 😂..?!
I think I saw it on donedeal  ;D  Heal up well dude, sounded nasty!


Well done to everyone who raced. Wish I was there.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: David D on 24, April, 2017, 10:35:07 AM
Thanks guys. In more discomfort than pain but on the mend. Anyone know how my bike fared ..?!
Well done all. Tough luck Steve & Pete, heal quickly.
Steve your bike is in biking.ie's shed.
Looked okay from the photo, probably tougher than you.


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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: SoaringPanda on 24, April, 2017, 10:49:40 AM
Really enjoyed that day on the bike. Well done to all who raced and healing vibes to those who crashed.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: WeekendWarrior on 24, April, 2017, 11:06:24 AM
Was a good day out alright. I never finished stage 2 in the end. The one thing I learned is that I'm not fit enough, stage 3 was a killer on the legs.
Hope you're doing better Steve, Niall Davis has your bike and it seemed to be OK.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: heyjay on 24, April, 2017, 12:12:11 PM
Well done to all who raced over the weekend, was great fun and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Feels good to be back between the tape

Healing vibes to both Steve and Pete, hope the recoverys are swift.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: dom17 on 24, April, 2017, 12:45:03 PM
Thanks guys. In more discomfort than pain but on the mend. Anyone know how my bike fared 😂..?!


Yeah sure, I bet your in pain after the battering your missus gave you when you got home  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 24, April, 2017, 04:39:51 PM
I'm bracing myself for that Dom..!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 24, April, 2017, 04:41:28 PM
Thanks Ferg, i was speaking to Niall last night as my car was still up the field also but got that collected.
I'll be back for that spin in the North..!
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 24, April, 2017, 04:42:15 PM
Thanks to all for the wishes.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: SoaringPanda on 24, April, 2017, 06:10:14 PM
Adrian Van Der Lee has pictures from the race up now. Cool feature where you can search for pictures with your race plate number too.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: AussieSteve on 24, April, 2017, 06:42:43 PM
Thanks guys. In more discomfort than pain but on the mend. Anyone know how my bike fared ..?!

Heal up quick Steve! 

I checked that your bike was locked up safe in the Biking.ie hut.  it looked OK - your helmet and goggles were with the bike too.  I spoke to both Niall and Leo (Leo works at B'stoe hut Monday to Friday) and they're fine to keep it locked up for you until you can collect it.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Steve Denny on 24, April, 2017, 06:57:12 PM
Thanks guys. In more discomfort than pain but on the mend. Anyone know how my bike fared ..?!

Heal up quick Steve! 

I checked that your bike was locked up safe in the Biking.ie hut.  it looked OK - your helmet and goggles were with the bike too.  I spoke to both Niall and Leo (Leo works at B'stoe hut Monday to Friday) and they're fine to keep it locked up for you until you can collect it.
Cheers Mate.. yeah, I was in contact with Leo & Niall already but that's very much appreciated. thanks again.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: DylanW on 24, April, 2017, 09:28:32 PM
Well done to all.. I was up watching with my son for a little while, the trails looked in super condition...
Hope Steve and Pete mend up good and quick, healing vibes your way dudes

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Hutch on 24, April, 2017, 11:36:36 PM
Glad to hear you're on the mend Steve must have been those race tyre pressures.


Really enjoyed that race format despite being a complete passenger by the end of Stage 4. Looking forward to the next one.


Is there usually only the one guy doing photos? Seems like a prime opportunity for a bit of competition unless its restricted by the event organizers, anyone know?
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: DylanW on 24, April, 2017, 11:44:05 PM
No there is usually a good few I think "joy of life photography" were there also come mid to end of the week more will get time to upload on the net

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Hutch on 25, April, 2017, 09:06:46 PM
Cheers Dylan.


My mate runs a site in the UK for all race results which is great for settling those arguments in the pub or finding out who your nemesis are and hes adding more Irish races. www.rootsandrain.com (http://www.rootsandrain.com)


Also dead simple if you fancied making some money as a photographer but don't want the hassle of hosting a site, managing payment tagging etc. If anyone took any pictures you can add them on pick your price and away you go! 


Given him a nudge and results are now up in easy compare format [size=78%]http://www.rootsandrain.com/race5642/2017-apr-23-irish-gravity-enduro-1-ballinastoe-woods-co-wicklow/results/?ref=alert (http://www.rootsandrain.com/race5642/2017-apr-23-irish-gravity-enduro-1-ballinastoe-woods-co-wicklow/results/?ref=alert)[/size]


chunk of club rider photos already up there if you haven't seen them already [size=78%]https://www.rootsandrain.com/sponsor6069/mad/[/size] and [size=78%]http://www.rootsandrain.com/sponsor6072/mad-mtb/ (http://www.rootsandrain.com/sponsor6072/mad-mtb/)[/size]


Tom.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: ruth:D on 25, April, 2017, 11:11:10 PM
Now being a bit of a data nerd, I love that roots and rain website.

Hywel will have some pics from anyone who was racing around the same times as our wave but won't include you early birds!

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: WeekendWarrior on 27, April, 2017, 07:20:45 PM
More pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130718007@N02/sets/72157682974689925 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/130718007@N02/sets/72157682974689925)
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Hywel on 29, April, 2017, 01:27:59 PM
I'm a bit late on pictures from last weekend, here is an album of the MAD crew I managed to catch:
https://goo.gl/photos/KhWrTtyHVRmpJxUJ6 (https://goo.gl/photos/KhWrTtyHVRmpJxUJ6)


I'll be putting up the full set on Roots and Rain soon, as soon as I figure all that side out.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: Spud on 29, April, 2017, 11:26:29 PM
Thanks Hywel!

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Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: nmcgreen on 03, May, 2017, 10:52:18 PM
Great photos Hywel.  Thanks so much for traipsing round the mountains after us.
Title: Re: Gravity Enduro Round 1 Ballinastoe Woods, Wicklow 22/23 April
Post by: LeahMc on 04, May, 2017, 11:36:46 AM
They are fab!! Thanks so much :)