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Northern Ireland on the World Stage for Mountain Biking with Red Bull

26 Nov 2012 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)
World Champion downhill racer Gee Atherton prepares to set off on the Red Bull Foxhunt from the summit of Cave Hill

The Red Bull Foxhunt on Belfast’s Cave Hill on 24 and 25 November is the latest big endorsement of Northern Ireland as a world-class place to enjoy mountain biking.

In only its second year, and its first in Northern Ireland, the concept of the race was for a pack of over 100 bikers to set off together down an enduro-style race course, pursued by mountain biking downhill world champion Gee Atherton, who set off a few seconds behind the pack.

The weekend saw hundreds of bikers, walkers and spectators attracted to the Hill by the festival atmosphere, and event sponsors Red Bull had some of the world’s best action photographers on hand to record the action from the ground and from the air.

An event of this nature attracts significant media interest, and NIMBA was delighted to get the opportunity to show its support in a number of radio and newspaper interviews in recent weeks.

And who won?  Dublin’s Greg Callaghan crossed the line first, JUST in front of world champ Gee, with home grown champion the legendary Glyn O’Brien taking third, but the mood of the weekend amongst the assembled masses was that everybody won! 

Congratulations and thanks for a fantastic weekend are due to Belfast City Council, race organisers Colin Finley and Stephen Davidson, sponsors Red Bull, the competitors, and of course the many volunteers who turned out in number to make this event a huge success for mountain-biking and for Belfast.

Hopefully we'll see this unique and highly entertaining event back in Northern Ireland next year.
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