Sunday, June 20th saw large crowds descend on Buttevant. It wasn’t for The Cahirmee horse fair – the crowds were here to see riders on two wheels rather than four legs. The Red Bull Steeple Cross took place against the scenic backdrop of Buttevant castle, and the weather was glorious. It is estimated that about 3000 visited the spectacle.

The riders were mounted on a mix of motocross bikes and enduro bikes, and the dry course was punishing for all contestants, with tree roots exposed by the bikes acting as extra obstacles to the riders.

The event was well organised with plenty of staff to ensure riders and spectators kept safe, and the lovely Red Bull ladies were distributing the energy beverage, keeping the visitors hydrated and energised. Locals were full of praise for the event, which also featured music later on in the day. “It’s great for the town”, one shopkeeper enthused.