Oisin O Callaghan wins gold at UCI Mountain Bike World Series. Pic above via Twitter
Oisin O Callaghan returns home leaving his mark in the mountain biking world with UCI Mountain Bike World Series gold
The Irish mountain bikers left their mark on the UCI Mountain Bike World Series in Snowshoe, West Virginia, USA on September 30 with Limerick native, Oisin O Callaghan claiming the country’s first-ever Elite Men’s Downhill World Cup win.
Oisin O Callaghan and Ronan Dunne stood tall on the podium, claiming a one-two finish in a highly competitive men’s Downhill Final of the World Cup series.
Oisin, a Limerick native took the top spot with his teammate, Ronan wrapping up second place in what was a monumental occasion for the two who have been riding together since the age of 12.
The Limerick man expressed his delight after the race, speaking to Europsport, he said, “It’s surreal! I think I’m going to have a heart attack, I have a pain in my chest right now. And to do it here, the crowds were amazing the whole way down absolutely roaring.”
Oisin has been working hard to mix it with the world’s fastest racers and even though he is just 20 years old, he is competing against racers who are 27 to 40 years old in the world of downhill racing.
The young Limerick talent has made the step up to the senior level following a successful junior career having won the Junior World Title in 2020.
O’Callaghan has mountain biking in his blood has he is the son of Chris O’Callaghan, owner of TrailRiders in Ballyhoura Forest who has also competed in races himself such as Passportes Du Solseil. Ronan’s finishing time of 3:07.624 was enough to seal first place, but it was not an easy feat with teammate Dunne having posted a time of 3:08.120 in his run.
The Ballyhoura rider was given a hero’s return on Saturday, October 21, 2023 with locals showing their appreciation for the international achievement of the young rider.