Oisin O’Callaghan Returns to the Podium in the USA and Dakotah Norton Takes a 6th
The double header UCI World Cup event here in Snowshoe, West Virginia, provided plenty of action; twice the challenge for riders and mechanics alike. While the rain stayed away, the rocky and relatively flat track delivered exciting racing with Round 5 on Wednesday and Round 6, the Finals, today.
Oisin O’Callaghan was on target for a top result on Wednesday but crashed out in the final sector. Today he was keen to get to the line and return to the podium. While he held back in some sections it was good enough for 3rd place and 7th in the Overall.
Oisin said: “I was feeling pretty good this week and went after it in race one, being 1st at the 3rd split but then I had a huge crash which left me stiff and sore. The next day I could only do 2 practice runs, but today I ended up doing a smooth and solid run, making sure I didn’t crash and finished 3rd. I’m happy with this, the first podium of the season and a nice way to end my last race as a junior.”
Dakotah Norton had no shortage of US fans on site this week and he showed he really had podium pace finishing 6th in race 1, just one-tenth off the podium, and in race 2 just 0.2 secs off the eventual 3rd place rider before a front puncture put an end to his race today.
Dakotah said: “Racing at home is always a very special experience. I was fortunate to come out of race 1 with 6th place, just off the podium. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on my side today in race 2 with a mechanical. To see what an impact I have on my community means the world to me, and the fans today were incredible. Results aside it was an honour to race in front of such a supportive home crowd. Memories I will never forget!”
Our other elite rider Dave Trummer was having a hard time adjusting to the track at the beginning of the week and finished 12th, which was just outside of his target of top 10. By the 2nd race, things were looking a lot better and he finished a credible 10th and ended up 13th in the overall. Dave said: “I was struggling a bit to get up to speed on this track, so in the finals of race 1 I started to feel better for the first time. Then the next 2 days I was feeling pretty tired after so many days of riding but I managed to motivate myself for today’s finals. I had a couple of small mistakes in my run but I’m happy to end this season with a top 10”.
Guy Johnston racing in the junior category had a career-best result with 6th place in race 1, however today he made a few too many small errors and ended up just outside the top 10.
Guy said: “I felt a lot better on the bike this week and feel like I rode well, and was stoked to pick up the 6th place in race 1. I didn’t ride like myself today though and ended up 11th. I’ve had a few ups and downs this season but overall I’ve learned a lot!”
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and fans during this incredibly complicated past 2 seasons. It’s been a challenge, but at the same time, a real pleasure for the YT Mob to race at some amazing venues around the world and play a significant part in the show that this sport continues to deliver