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Killian Callaghan crowned 2017 Under 21 Enduro World Series World Champion in Whistler, Canada.

Killian Callaghan crowned 2017 Under 21 Enduro World Series World Champion in Whistler, Canada.

Enduro mountain bike rider Killian Callaghan has just won the Under 21 Enduro World Series at the penultimate race on Sunday in Whistler, Vancover. Callaghan has been competing around the world in such countries as New Zealand, Tasmania, Madeira, Ireland, France, the USA and Canada with one round to go in Italy.

Killian was leading the series heading into the Canadian round and needed a good result to cement his position. In what is known to be the toughest one day mountain bike enduro in the World a determined Killian held nothing back as he scored top placing in all 5 stages throughout the day.

Callaghan's closest championship rival Vojtech Blaha endured some problems in the opening stages and the Czech rider never materialised as a threat to Killian over the tough Whistler mountainous stages.

After scoring a strong second place on Sunday Killian has now scored enough points to put himself in an unbeatable position with just one round remaining in Italy come September.

Ironically Killian was unaware of his success until he phoned home after the race to be told by his parents that he had just become World Champion.

Speaking after the race Killian was naturally thrilled. "Absolutely buzzing with my result in Whistler today . To win the World Championship is a dream come true , I have to say a huge thanks to everyone who's been supporting me during the year."

Just four years ago Killian took up mountain biking, however with no factory support for his 2017 campaign he set about compiling his own sponsors with a hope of competing in the World Series. Through the kindness and faith of some very supportive brands within the industry and gaining some personal sponsors he headed off to the opening rounds in New Zealand and Tasmania , unsure at the time if he had enough finances to complete the season.

Along with holding down a full time job Killian now holds the title of Under 21 Enduro World Champion, and in the process becomes Ireland's first ever Enduro World Series Champion.

2017 is the fifth year of the Enduro World Series with eight rounds taking the riders to New Zealand, Tasmania, Madeira, Ireland, France, USA, Canada and the final round in Italy.
Ireland hosted round 4, the Emerald Enduro on the 28th of May in Carrick mountain, County Wicklow and run by biking.ie
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