Victory in Portugal Enduro lifts Ireland’s Callaghan to top of world order

Posted on: May 14th, 2017

Victory in Portugal Enduro lifts Ireland’s Callaghan to top of world

Victory in Portugal Enduro lifts Ireland's Callaghan to top of world

Ireland’s Greg Callaghan produced the best riding of his career to finish three seconds clear of his closest challenger in round three of the Enduro World Series in Madeira, Portugal. The result was enough to see him lkead the way in the series standings.

 

By Brian Canty

Ireland’s Greg Callaghan has today become the world’s number one ranked Enduro rider after winning the third round of the Enduro World Series in Madeira, Portugal.

The Cube Action team rider finished five seconds ahead of Belgian Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) with Damien Oton (Devinci Global Racing) in third a further 13 seconds back.

The nine-stage event saw 175 riders take to the start-line and their individual efforts were timed over the various legs with the winner being the person with the lowest cumulative time.

The tracks were a real mix, from rocky singletrack down volcanoes to tight trails through forests and purpose-built trails.

Enduro requires an enormous amount of fitness to compete and no shortage of skill and courage.

Over two days (4 stages and 5 stages) there was a combined total of almost 100 kilometres of riding.

This was broken down into 1,314 metres of uphill on day one and 2,472 metres of downhill

And today, Sunday, there was 1,211 metres of uphill and 2,367 metres of downhill.

Callaghan was only as low as 14th when he clocked 3:52.390 for the fourth stage but three brilliant back-to-back efforts on the final tests saw him go from first to third and first again.

Having finished fifth in the opening round in New Zealand, Callaghan went to Tasmania with hopes of bettering that.

And he did just as much by finishing runner-up to Adrienn Dailly by a mere three seconds.

Today, he produced the best riding of his career to finish three seconds clear of his closest challenger.

It means Callaghan will be the world’s number one ranked Enduro rider when the next round of the competition hits Wicklow on Sunday May 28th.

It’ll the third time the EWS will descend on Carrick Mountain, an arena which has gained a reputation as one of the most electric races on the circuit thanks to the fans who line the tracks.

 

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