OnTheRack Photography: Blog https://www.dosphotography.com/blog en-us (C) OnTheRack Photography (OnTheRack Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT Erzberg Rodeo 2016 https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2016/6/erzberg-rodeo-2016

The Erzberg Rodeo is a hard enduro motorcycle event held annually in an Iron Ore quarry called Erzberg, which has been given the nickname the "Iron Giant". This year was the 22nd running of the event in Eiserenz, Austria. The main race of the four day event is the Red Bull Hare Scramble which sees 500 riders attempt to race from the bottom of the quarry around the 20-30 km course including passing the summit of the mountain. I really mean attempt as this race is one of the hardest in the world, and is simply crazy to watch.

1500 riders initially take part in the Iron Road Prologue to qualify for the Hare Scramble. This gives all the riders a taste of the task at hand, and also sorts the racing grid for the main event.

The Prologue introduces the riders to some of the steep hills, so steep on first viewing it appears impossible anything could ascend or descend them.

The main event has 500 head to the start line which in itself is a spectacle as all the riders head for the bottom of the quarry. The Red Bull skydiving team also payed a visit to the start line, as all spectators headed to the best vantage points around the course.

The timing for the Hare Scramble is unusual, the 500 riders start in waves of 50 and have 4 hours to finish the race, however the time for all riders starts with the first wave! Not only is starting in the first wave important for an attempt to win the race, it also helps considerably in reducing the traffic on the many obstacles over the course of the race. The ultimate goal for most of the 500 riders is simply to finish the race, with some hoping to just make it up the first set of hills, the Kärcher Rocket Ride.

The race is simply mayhem, with everyone storming up the hills crossing each others paths and some times the bikes were passing out the riders. As more and more waves of riders were stopped by the hills, true sportsmanship emerged with some riders having made it to the top, leaving their bikes and heading back to assist other riders in reaching the top. Throughout the entire course competitors can assist each other, and out side of the no help zones spectators can also help out.

The race was won by Graham Jarvis for the third time, with a wining margin of over 30 mins. Of the 500 riders that started the race, only 9 finished this year!

2016 Finishers

1. Graham Jarvis (GBR) 2h18m47s
2. Cody Webb (USA) +33m07s
3. Alfredo Gómez (ESP) +36m02s
4. Mario Roman (ESP) +58m19s
5. Billy Bolt (GBR) +1h08m46s
6. Wade Young (RSA) +1h12m28s
7. Paul Bolton (GBR) +1h19m35s
8. Taddy Blazusiak (POL) +1h23m08s
9. Philipp Scholz (DEU) +1h37m24s


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Alps Austria Eisenerz Enduro Erzberg Graham Jarvis Hard Enduro Hare Scramble Motorbike Motorcycle Off Road Race Red Bull RedBull Rodeo https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2016/6/erzberg-rodeo-2016 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:09:59 GMT
IDC Round 1 2015 https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2015/5/idc-round-1-2015 James Deane and Michael Meegan

Mondello Park was the venue for the beginning of the 11th season of Irish Drifting. Mondello as Ireland’s only international race circuit, it will host three rounds of the five round championship albeit with different track layouts.

As ever the off season provided the opportunity for drivers to enhance their cars both visually and mechanically for the season ahead. There were also a few interesting builds taking place, but unfortunately some were not completed in time for round 1. 

Adrian Walsh and Trevor Murphy were two such drivers in borrowed cars awaiting the completion of their new builds. Adrian is revamping his AE86 with a Chevy LS series V8 engine. Jack Shanahan debuted his new BMW powered S14 Silvia at the first round of the British Drift Championship in style, taking the Super Pro Class win, on his first day driving the car. The car is powered by a turbo M3 engine producing over 700 bhp and Jack while now drifting since 2013 is only 15.

The pro class also features another 15 year Tomás Kiely, seen above in his second car a 1JZ powered 180SX. Tomás is another driver awaiting the completion of his new car, a stroked 2JZ S14 Silvia.

Now into the competition, each IDC round is split between a number of classes Rookie, Semi-Pro and Pro. Progression within classes also takes place within a round, and it’s possible for a driver in the rookie class to make it to the Pro class in one weekend. Saturday saw the rookie and semi-pro class compete in atrocious conditions with almost continuous rain fall throughout practise and qualifying. The wet conditions coupled with the high speed blind entry and a qualifying line consisting entirely of outside clip points, it was a challenging track but the drivers rose to the challenge with many spectators questioning whether there were indeed rookies and semi-pro drivers.    

Mud drops were the order of the day, and soon the outside edge of the track could not be seen with the mud pool. Below James Spillane who qualified first for the top 32 battles in his RB25 Powered S14.

Following rookie and semi-pro qualifying, we were given a glimpse of what was the come in the Pro competition with Pro practise. Some of the drivers attempted extreme speed entries and got caught out on the second clip and ended up in the mud in spectacular fashion. 

The weather began to improve throughout the top 32, but still played its part in some battles as the track was drying. The four drivers to reach the semi-finals were Darren Coates, Niall Whelan, Anthony Galvin and Kevin Quinn.

Anthony and Kevin made it to the final. Experience showed and Anthony took his first IDC semi-pro win, as Kevin Quinn takes second as an IDC rookie in his first round at the competition. All top 4 drivers would now progress to the Pro class on Sunday.

Pro Class

The weather had improved for Sunday’s Pro Class, so loads of smoke would be seen on track. During recent years IDC has been visited by many international drivers from various different competitions globally, including D1GP, Formula D, European and Middle East series. However no visiting driver has even won a round in Ireland, some have come close but the top podium spot has never been claimed in 11 years.

For this round three international drivers came to prove the elusive win is possible, Luke Fink from Australia, Lluis Lopez from Spain and Ahmad Daham from Jordan.

Ahmad failed to qualify for the sudden death battle due to mechanical issues. It was disappointing not to see him battle. A battle with James Deane could have been a highlight of the weekend, as these two drivers hold the world record for the longest twin vehicle drift at over 28km.

New for 2015 is the introduction of sudden death. After qualification the top 8 qualifiers gain an automatic place within the top 16. The next 16 drivers will now battle for the remaining 8 places in the top 16.

Top Qualifier was James Deane, in his Falken Tires 2JZ Silvia, with last years champion Duane McKeever taking second with only one qualifying run.

The top 16 had a number of interesting battles such as the battle between last year Champion Duane McKeever and BDC Round 1 winner Jack Shanahan. Mistakes by both drivers lead to an OMT with the final decision going in favour of Jack Shanahan. Another important battle in the top 16 was between Luke Fink and Alan Lenihan. Alan as the higher qualifier lead them through the first bend and Fink goes wide and puts three wheels off track. It looked certain Alan would go through but with the reverse run its Luke Fink that progresses.

The semi-finals consisted of Luke Fink the only remaining international driver against Nigel Colfer. The second between James Deane and the Tomás Kiely.

Nigel and Luke had to go one more time as nothing could separate the drivers (see below!) The OMT battle ended with a collision between the two. Nigel was deemed the winner and would face James Deane in the final.

Tomás and Luke battled for third place with Tomás taking the battle.

In a close final, James continued his winning streak in Mondello, having won all round he has entered here for a number of years.


IDC Irish Drift Championship Modello Park Round 1 ontherack https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2015/5/idc-round-1-2015 Tue, 05 May 2015 21:59:33 GMT
Kenneth Murphy's 180SX https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2014/4/kenneth-murphys-180sx


Kenneth Murphy's 180SX

Kenneth Murphy unveiled his recently completed 180SX ahead of the 2014 IDC championship. This is a new car for the 2014 season. Kenneth carried out the shell preparation over the off season, seam welding the chassis, fitting a custom multi-point weld in cage. After getting the safety aspects of the shell prep out of the way, Kenneth moved his way to making clearance to fit the huge SSR Professor wheels. To also get the correct fitment and alignment of the wheels, Kenneth took a shine to Driftworks suspension catalogue and fitted Geomaster hubs, HSD coilovers, adjustable arms and wishbones.


Once the suspension was sorted, Kenneth needed to source a bodykit to tie into his vision for the car. Kenneth chose a full BN Sports kit finished with a Japspeed carbon spoiler all from Shane at Drive N Style. Kenneth sprayed the car himself and Seamus "Da Moose" Walsh applied the finishing touches with the graphics.


















Engine wise Kenneth has retained his recently forged SR20 from the his Red 180SX. DOC Motorsport building the engine before the end of last season. John in West Coast Performance mapped the car.

Engine Specs

87mm CP Forged Piston

Eagle Rods

Cosworth Steel Head Gasket

BC Cams

BC Springs and Retainers

Apexi Power FC D-jetro

740cc Injectors

Greddy TD06 20G

Tial Wastegate

Few Photos of Kenneth in action in his red 180SX last year.

See it in action at Round 1 of the Irish Drift Championship

IDC Round 1IDC Round 1


180SX Drifting IDC Irish Drift Championship Mondello https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2014/4/kenneth-murphys-180sx Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:11:44 GMT
Biking Blitz Ballyhoura 2014 https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2014/4/biking-blitz-ballyhoura-2014


The final round of the 2014 Biking.ie Biking Blitz was held at the Ballyhoura Trail Centre on the 23rd of March. I decided to head along an see what it would be like to take a few photos at a mountain biking event in preparation for the European MTB Marathon Championships which will be held here in June (14th and 15th). This will be the first time Ireland has ever hosted an official UCI Championship mountain bike event and will be interesting to see the worlds best on our local trails.


















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Official Website for European Marathon MTB Champs http://www.euromarathonchamps.com/

Press Release 1 - Ireland Hosts European Marathon Mountain Bike Championships


Ireland Hosts European Marathon Mountain Bike Championships

The European Marathon Mountain Bike Championships roll into Ballyhoura in County Limerick on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of June 2014 for two days of riding on some of the most picturesque trails in the country. History will be made as this is the first time Ireland has ever hosted an official UCI Championship mountain bike event. Admission to the venue is free for spectators who can expect to see the World’s best take to the trails for the honour of being crowned European Champion. Racing is over two days with amateur racers able to get a taster on the Saturday before the main event on the Sunday.

Marathon mountain bike racing is an endurance sport, typically taking place over a cross country off-road course of approximately 100 kilometres and ideally in a single loop. The male and female champions get to wear a special European Champion jersey for the following year when competing in Marathon races as well as taking the honour of being the best on the continent.

Many of the world’s best will be in attendance including former World Champion Christophe Sauser, UK champion Sally Bingham and our own 2013 Irish National Champion Jenny Fay. Irish International road riders Ryan Sherlock and National Road Champion Mel Spath will line up along with a full domestic field. Up and coming riders Leah and Jonathon Maunsell, who ride with the local club Team Ballyhoura, will be present. The duo race multiple mountain bike disciplines and Irish development squad rider Leah Maunsell is making waves, competing at senior level in Enduro mountain bike racing where she is a regular on the podium, despite being only sixteen years old. 

However it is not all about the professionals. Saturday's support races are open for all categorized into Expert, Masters, Vet and Classic Vet and feature a course of 75kms and 1925 metres of climbing. There is also a Junior and Fun race on 23kms of trails. The main event on Sunday 15th sees the Elite Men tackle a course of 93km with 2199 metres of climbing while the Elite Women's field take on a course of 75km and 1925 metres of height gain. Riders set off in a mass start with the first to cross the finish line being crowned the European Champion.

Inspired by the location and unique heritage of Ireland, the course is clover leaf in shape and all senior categories will ride through the start/finish area three times during their respective races making it an ideal race for spectators. The course is a mix of wide forest roads, trail centre single-track and natural technical features embedded in some of the most picturesque countryside that Ireland has to offer.

The event is being assisted by Ballyhoura Failte and forms part of the Limerick City of Culture festivities.

For further queries contact info@biking.ie or 0834173899. The official website is www.euromarathonchamps.com. Media accreditation can be applied for on the event website in the relevant section.

The Rocky Mayhem Music Festival takes place the same weekend as the event in nearby Kilfinane village. No stranger to MTB events, Kilfinane has hosted the Single Speed World Championships
in 2011 and the International Bluegrass Enduro Tour in 2013 as well as numerous domestic races in cross country (XCO), Enduro and Marathon including the Irish National Marathon Championships in 2013.


About Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Centre

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Centre was the first purpose built mountain bike trail centre in Ireland and was designed by Welsh trail builder Daffyd Davis. The trails were designed with minimum impact on the environment and maximum use of natural features. They wind through an area of outstanding natural beauty with moss-lined singletrack, deciduous and coniferous forests and lush countryside. The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Centre is Ireland's largest mountain bike park and will act as the event centre for the Championships on the 14th and 15th of June.

About Kilfinane

Situated in County Limerick, Kilfinane (Cill Fhíonáin in the native Irish language) is surrounded on three sides by the Ballyhoura Mountains, and on the fourth side by the "Golden Vale" region that
runs through Counties Limerick, Cork, and Tipperary.



Ballyhoura Biking Blitz MTB https://www.dosphotography.com/blog/2014/4/biking-blitz-ballyhoura-2014 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:36:03 GMT