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Irish National Championships 2009

It’s Championship season at the moment. Everybody is at it. Including the Irish.
Ben Reid became Irish national Champion for 2009, while plucky Victor Lucas tried his best but didn’t come away with any medals.

Here’s the report from Baltic’s website:

Sunday 19th july saw the Irish National Championships come to the Wicklow mountains just south of Dublin and a massive turn out made for an awesome weekend. After being unable to attend the Championships last year, Ben was feeling bad about not holding the title and adding to his unbeaten record. This year he was on a mission!

The track was fast and fairly straight forward so it and after practising along side fellow irish legend, Glyn OBrien, Baltic was on for a good result and was planning on putting a few seconds into the competition.

There was a 2 run layout with the fastest time of the two, counting towards the final results. After 1st runs, Ben was sitting in 1st place with a 4 second lead ahead of last years winner Colin Ross. Ben – 2:09:614, Colin – 2:13:641

He knew he had a few more seconds in the tank and when second runs came round he knew what had to happen. Around the halfway point he pushed the front wheel out on a flat turn and laid the bike down on the dirt. After bouncing straight up again he pinned it for the rest of the run and came across with a slower time of 2:12:290

The rest of the pack were unable to better either of his times so he took the win and missed most of the awards ceremony as the anti-doping truck was further away than he thought.

Were flat out today now getting packed up and ready to hit the road tonight in order to catch out flight to Canada for next weeks world cup round in Mt St Anne.
Full results here.

Ben Reid wins the Irish National Championships

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