July 2019 was the month that the very first race was held at Shronaboy Farm, the brand new downhill mountain bike track built outside Killarney.
With several big races planned for September at the venue, the Munster Gravity Championship was created to test the facilities and uplifts with a limited number of riders. The entry list for this inaugural fun event was limited to 80 participants, a number that was sold out easily leaving numerous people disappointed to have missed out.
Billed as a fun event, the race format for the day was kept straightforward. In the morning racers had time for some practice runs to familiarise themselves with the track and to get used to the incredible views in the sunshine. Later in the afternoon, each rider got two timed runs, with the fastest time counting toward their overall result.
September will see the Grassroots Enduro Series arrive for it’s fourth round and is expected to bring up to 250 riders. Later in the same month the Irish Downhill Series will finish it’s season at Shronaboy. With those national events in mind this race was a valuable learning experience for the organisers.