Kelan Grant crowned king of the mountain in Red Bull Foxhunt

Posted on: October 8th, 2017

Kelan Grant Slieve Martin Red Bull Foxhunt

Kelan Grant was the toast of the mountain after whipping down the 3½ mile course to claim victory in the Red Bull Foxhunt 2017 in Rostrevor, Co Down.

 

Kelan Grant wins Red Bull Foxhunt 2017

 

National Enduro champion Kelan Grant stormed in at the head of a 450-strong pack to claim victory in the Red Bull Foxhunt 2017 in Rostrevor, Co Down, today.

The 24-year-old from Omagh whipped down Slieve Martin in the Mourne Mountains in the massed-start race.

He and all the others in the main pack, known as the hounds, were being chased by three quality foxes today.

Two-time downhill world champion Gee Atherton, current world champion Loic Bruni and last year’s event winner Colin Ross were the chasing trio of foxes this time around.

The hounds were let fly followed by the foxes eight seconds later and they would race down the Rostrevor mountain bike trail.

 

Kelan Grant Slieve Martin Red Bull Foxhunt

Kelan Grant Slieve Martin Red Bull Foxhunt

 

Conditions were tricky down the course, with the track greasy for the riders.

But Grant got his nose out front early. And once he got that lead he pushed on to conquer the 3½ mile windswept descent.

Kelan Grant said he made sure to put the hard yards in early. He did so in a bid to get away clean and avoid any chaos in the huge field all battling for early position.

“Everyone wants to get off the line first,” said a delighted Grant just after his win.

“I picked my lines carefully and made it through the carnage in one piece.

“I stayed focused, ripping down the mountain and cruised on from there. It was insane!”

 

Kelan Grant Slieve Martin Red Bull Foxhunt

Kelan Grant Slieve Martin Red Bull Foxhunt

 

The runner-up today, once again, was Newcastle’s James MacFerran; forced to play second fiddle to Grant.

A second Irish rider also made the top three; Conor Bate from Maghera rounding out the podium.

The Red Bull Foxhunt began in Ireland back in 2011. And such has been its success that events are now held internationally; including in Wales and Denmark.

A bugle signals the start for the hounds. And eight seconds later the foxes start; all racing down the mountain together.

The scene is made all the more spectacular as the riders wear red hunting-style kit. It is a format that makes for compelling photography and video.

The Slieve Martin course combines sections of existing track with additional mountain and multi terrain sections. It culminates in a sprint to the finish line in Kilbroney Park.

And, as ever with this event, the crowds turned out today to witness the spectacle.

The racing attracted riders from different parts of the world; all drawn to what is always a fantastic atmosphere.

Visitors from Australia, Poland, France, Denmark and Spain joined a record group of Irish and British riders to battle it out for victory.

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