4th October 2015
The Redbull Foxhunt is a role reversal event. The Fox (Gee Atherton) is the hunter and the hounds (400 Mountain bikers) are the hunted. The aim for the hounds is to stay in front of the Fox until the finish line. In reality for most it is to get to the bottom in one piece. In what is one of the most crazy Mountain bike races you could ever take part in. The Rebull Foxhunt is a fast paced race with potential carnage around every corner.
The event starts on Friday with registration and evening practise sessions. On Saturday there was registration and morning practise. New for 2015 there was a DH race as the seeding run for the main event. Sunday had registration followed by morning practise and then the main Foxhunt event early afternoon.
Social media was full of Redbull Foxhunt pre hype. Everyone was buzzing with anticipation at the chance to meet and ride with two time Downhill Mountain bike world Champion Gee Atherton.
I had taken part in the Redbull Foxhunt Cavehill Belfast event in 2012. I had missed the 2013 event in Rostrevor to do a race in Catalunya. I had a fair idea of what lay ahead but numbers were up this year with a record 400 registered riders. The event sold out quickly due to the high demand.
Myself and good friend Barry McGuigan decided to pack up and drive down on Saturday night. We joined the rest of the Klunkers and got our tent up. I haven't slept in a tent for an age and it would tell, with little to no sleep.
We had to do at least 2 full runs to qualify for the main race. Everyone was issued with our Red Foxhunt hunting jerseys at registration. Shortly after 9 Barry, Brendan McAleer and I rode over to the uplift tractors.
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