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