AN Omagh man is hoping to take his career onto the world stage after claiming his first Red Bull Foxhunt victory in Rostrevor last weekend.
Kelan Grant proved himself to be the king of the mountain in Co Down, overcoming the tricky riding conditions and greasy track, which made for one of the most memorable ‘mass start’ downhill races in Europe.
After claiming victory in the Red Bull event, the 24-year-old is switching his attentions to an intensive fundraising and sponsorship drive during the winter as he aims to compete in the World Enduro Series next year.
On the back of his most successful season to date, which has seen him claim eight wins and plenty of podium finishes in events throughout Ireland, the UK, Spain, Italy and France, the Nukeproof rider feels now is the time to take the next step against the world’s best on a regular basis.
However, with events across the globe in the likes of New Zealand, Canada, USA, France, Italy and Austria, to name but a few, the costs of competing at such a level are somewhat prohibitive.
Grant, who learned his craft on a shared bike with his brother around the Gortin Glens trails, is determined to make it happen: “I need to get it done,” he stressed.
“I’ve done a few World Series races but I’ve always been unlucky with punctures or mechanical issues. But I’ve had a few top 30 finishes and some promising stage results.
“But I’ve had a lot of wins this season, with the Irish Enduro Championship being the highlight. I’ve had my most wins ever in one season, and I think now is the time to take the next step.
“Competing in the World Series is going to be extortionately expensive. It will be hard to get the money to do the full series, but hopefully it can be done,” he concluded.
Anyone interested in helping Kelan with his fundraising and sponsorship drive can contact him via his Facebook page – Kelan Grant Racing.
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