A young Donegal mountain bike rider is gearing up for the start of this year’s Irish Mountain Bike Downhill racing season which kicks off this weekend in Cork.
Adam Voss from Donegal Town, a member of the Tir Chonaill Gap Cycling Club in Glenties, is taking part in the series for the second season having competed for the first time last year.
The 22-year-old has been intensive training, both in the gym and on the bike, since the turn of the year and is all set to go.
The season was due to get up and running at the beginning of last month, but due to the severe weather in the South East, the opening round had to be postponed.
Adam (pictured) finished in 13th place overall at the end of last year’s series - his first - despite only competing in two of the five race series.
“I broke my wrist in the middle of last season and only competed in two races,” said Adam, who only took up mountain bike racing two and half years.
“Basketball and skateboarding were my sports in my younger years before I took up mountain biking. I just tried it out and I enjoyed it and decided to take it up as my number one sport.”
The downhill mountain bike series is made up of five races and a national championship and the season runs from March to October with a race every month.
This weekend’s race is on Mount Hillary in Cork and is the first race of the series after round one in Bree, Wexford, back in March was postponed due to the weather.
“I have been in the gym three times during the week and then when the weather allowed I was out on the bike at weekends. I was in Down last weekend getting in some downhill practice.”
“The race is only three minutes long downhill but the practice is on Saturday and again on the Sunday morning. The Sunday morning is very important because it is used to decide what order you go in the race.
“The races are very competitive with in the region of 100 competitors taking part in every race.”
After finishing in 13th place last season, Adam is targeting a much higher finish this season.
“The important thing is to avoid injuries and if I do and get to compete in all of the races I would hope to finish in the top five.”