OISIN O’CALLAGHAN LEADS THE JUNIOR WORLD CUP AFTER WINNING DEBUT RACE
In an opening round that saw plenty of top 10 results for the four YT Mob riders, it was the young Irishman Oisin O’Callaghan that continued to make history by becoming not only the first Irish mountain bike rider to win a World Cup, but also the first to put on the World Cup Leader’s jersey. Angel Suarez made a great comeback to World Cup racing by scoring enough points to be 9th Overall going into Round 2 tomorrow.
Qualifying was held in incredibly wet conditions with rivulets running down the track, but the overall track condition didn’t deteriorate too much and some riders were surprised at the high level of traction. Guy Johnston made his World Cup racing debut with a solid 9th place, and Oisin took a solid win in the Juniors. In the Elite Men both YT Mob riders finished top 10 with David Trummer and Angel Suarez finishing 9th and 10th respectively.
For race day the rain was falling for all of the Junior race and this had Oisin feeling pretty happy. In his race run as last rider down, he was more than 4 seconds up on the leader in the hotseat when he lost the bike in a slower off camber corner, shredding his newly earned World Champion’s jersey. Despite losing nearly 5 seconds in the crash he pushed to the line and won by less than a tenth of a second, with his right sleeve hanging off his jersey. His team mate Guy improved a lot on his qualifier and despite two big errors costing him around 4 seconds he finished 7th and scored points for the team ranking.
My first World Cup went super good, ending up in P1. My splits were really good until I crashed near the bottom but thankfully I had enough time that I was able to pull back from a 0.1sec deficit to take the win in a tight finish. I’m very proud to be winning and leading the series as an Irishman and also for my team. I’m excited for the weekend too!
For this being my first World Cup, it was a wet and rough one! I can’t complain about 7th place after a few costly mistakes and I’m feeling better on the bike each day. I’m so stoked for the rest of the team as well.
In the Elite Men both riders finished inside the top 15 despite having big moments on track. Dave went down on the lower third of track while making good splits, but quickly recovered to finish 14th. Angel ran wide after the rock garden after coming in with too much speed, but survived to finish 11th, his 2nd best career result and is now 9th in the overall standings. Both Dave and Angel will be protected riders for this weekend’s 2nd round of the World Cup.
Such a good first World Cup race back after a long time!! Overall I had two good runs in both quali and finals. I did quite a big mistake in the rock garden today, something I shouldn’t have done, but that’s what makes racing hard! I’m 9th in the overall now and I can’t wait to race more.
The team is currently 3rd in the UCI standings with the action picking up again tomorrow with qualifying in the afternoon and race day on Sunday.