Red Bull Foxhunt: Nobody else is in the hunt as Colin Ross makes it three in a row
Red Bull Foxhunt
Lisburn man Colin Ross picked up his third successive Red Bull Foxhunt victory in Rostrevor, completing the track in record time.
The 33-year-old was named King of the Mountain after recording the first ever time below six minutes on the downhill track at Slieve Martin.
Excellent conditions in the Mourne Mountains allowed for some fast-paced, exhilarating action as hundreds of spectators lined the winding track to see the racers.
It was a deserved victory for Ross, who saw off 400 other determined competitors in Rostrevor, including two-time Downhill World Champion Gee Atherton.
Atherton, nicknamed 'The Fox', had expressed his disappointment after limping to 32nd last year, and his hard work to improve paid off as he motored to a second placed finish yesterday.
Dublin's Dave Egan came third for the second year in a row, but neither were going to come close to Ross, who excelled.
Even though it looked like it could be a tight finish for long periods of the race, Ross picked up the pace in the final sections and crossed the finish line in Kilbroney Park a good 30 seconds ahead of second-placed Atherton.
"I felt so much pressure," Ross said after the race.
"I do a lot of coaching and all the guys were saying it would be amazing if I could make it three in a row. I didn't want to let everyone down and I knew it would be a hard race to win so I was really nervous."
He added, "I tried to play it all calm but it meant so much to me to get the win so I am so relieved."
Despite finishing behind Ross, Atherton said the Lisburn man was a deserving winner.
"I would have loved to have won it but I couldn't even see Colin Ross," the Englishman admitted.
"Fair play to him, he was absolutely hauling. I was stoked to get into the top 10!"