DH and XC National Championships

The Irish Downhill and Cross-country National Championships are both being held over the weekend of the 20/21 July 2019. Deadline for entry for both events is Sunday 14 July 2019.

The Downhill Championships are being held at Kilbroney, Rostrevor Co. Down by Rostrevor MTB Club. A Technical Guide for the DH event is given here. More details can be found on www.irishdownhillseries.com/.

The Cross-country (XC) National Championships are being held at Tracton Woods in Co. Cork by MBCC. A Technical Guide for the XC event is given here. More details can be found on www.irishxcnps.ie/.

Warm weather and fast trails for the Enduro National Championships

The 2019 Irish National Enduro Championships took place over the weekend of the 22/23 June at Ravensdale Forest, Co. Louth hosted by Chain Reaction Cycles / First Tracks. This event doubled up as Round 3 of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup and had also been used for Round 1 of the series. The event was also a qualifier round for the Enduro World Series (EWS).
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XC – Expression of Interest – European Championships

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from male and female riders to compete in the 2019 European Cross-country (XCO) Championships which are being held in Brno, Czech Rep 27-28 July 2019. https://www.mtbbrno.eu/program

A maximum of two riders would be sent to the event (less if riders do not meet the criteria) along with support staff. The race categories would be Junior, Under 23 and Elite riders.
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A great start to the XC NPS series

The first round of the Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series took place at Davagh Forest, Co. Tyrone, on Sunday 19 May 2019. Course designers from the host club, Carn Wheelers, are well used to the venue but had to do some amendments this year due to construction of the Dark Sky Observatory due to open in spring 2020. This had a direct impact on the original start/finish area as well as car parking. The new start/finish was moved to one of the tarmac roads a short distance away. Riders gathered at the venue from early morning from all over Ireland. The day remained largely dry, but overcast with light rain on occasion.

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Tough racing at the World Cyclo-cross Championships

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission sent 5 riders to the 2019 World Cyclo-cross Championships. The event was held over the weekend of 2-3 February at Bogense, Denmark. The team consisted of
Adam McGarr and Sean Nolan (Junior men), Lara Gillespie and Lucy O’Donnell (U23 women) and David Conroy (U23 men). Saturday was for Junior men and U23 men. Sunday was for the U23 women. On Saturday there was very cold and windy conditions on the exposed coastal course. Several steep banks and treacherous descents on the course. The course had a thin slice of mud on top but hard frozen ground underneath. Large entry of riders. Large crowds to cheer them on. These worlds had the most participants in the events history.

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Exciting racing on day 2 of the National Cyclo-cross Championships

Day 2 of the 2019 Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships saw great racing across the four national championship races – Junior men, Masters (M40, M50 and M60), Women and Senior Men. The course had been well tested the day before with the youth racing. The impressive constructed bridge with its steps and three ramps dominated the arena. The large crowd of spectators enjoyed the racing and hospitality at Fota House on a dry day with outbreaks of warm, winter sun.

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