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Red Bull Foxhunt: Mountain bikers muck in to challenge World Cup champion racer

By Victoria O'Hara

Mud, sweat and gears transformed tranquil Cavehill into a pedal-powered racecourse at the weekend.

More than 100 mountain bikers made their way to the north Belfast park’s highest point — Napoleon’s Nose — for the Red Bull Foxhunt and the chance to defeat bike star Gee Atherton.

After the pack’s 10-second head start, the multiple World Cup champion chased them down the 5.3km trail before thousands of spectators.

Battling tough terrain and covered in a thick layer of muck they made their way through moorland and forest to a sprint finish at Belfast Castle.

Gee was pipped at the post by one rider, but loved the race. He said: “We were neck and neck battling it out. I’m not disappointed — it was great fun.”

An exhausted Greg Callaghan (21) from Dublin won.

“I’m delighted — over the moon,” he said. “Once it starts it is just carnage.”

Covered in mud but still smiling was Maeve Baxter (34), a doctor from Rostrevor.

“This is great fun, there is a really good atmosphere and it is free fitness as I like to say!”

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