Sunshine, ice-cream, dusty trails – a great day at Bellurgan XC

Sunday 25 June 2017 saw Round 4 of the Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series being held at Bellurgan Park near Dundalk County Louth. Hosted by Cuchulainn Cycling Club, under the leadership of Liam Burns, this venue was last used as the 2016 National Championships and the club went out to make this event look even more impressive. This time were we based in the large field closer to the single track with plenty of room for vehicle parking. The start/finish area was well laid out, plenty of room for gazebos, podium set up, wooden benches and catering. The weather was fine all day with periods of sunshine and blue skies and, under the music and commentary of MC Paul Joyce, there was a great atmosphere around the site. Almost like icing on a cake, the host club had also arranged to provide free ice-creams for all competitors!!! What more could we ask for? Dry dusty trails perhaps? Yes, that’s what we got as well !!
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Masters World Champion – Again!

He’s only gone and done it again. Irish legendary off-road rider, Robin Seymour, the most decorated rider in Ireland, returned to the World Championship stage after winning the rainbow stripes last year in the Master 45-49 category. The event was held today at La Massana, Andora and it wasn’t long before the returning champion got his nose to the front of the race and pushed on. Robin took the win with 1m 30s gap back to Fabrizio Pezzi (ITA). Vinnie Fitzsimons also competed in the same race and finished 25th. Earlier in the day the 55-59 year old category was run with Peter Buggle taking 3rd place. Continue reading

Enduro – Supported riders for EWS France – update

After receiving an excellent set of CVs from our Under 21 year old riders, the panel has awarded the support funds to Killian Callaghan and Leah Maunsell. We wish to thank all the riders for providing their detailed CVs. We are in the fortunate position to have great talent in the ranks but not in the fortunate position to support all the riders financially.

Best of luck to all those heading off to compete in Round 5 of the Enduro World Series in Millau, France 30 June – 1 July.

Expression of Interest to join the Irish Cyclocross Development Squad.

Applications are being sought from Under 14, Under 16, Junior and Under 23 riders, both male and female, who wish to be considered for inclusion within an Irish Cyclo-cross Development Squad.
The primary element of developing cyclo-cross riders in Ireland is the belief that the best pathway for international cyclocross success comes through strategic season planning, goal setting and cyclo-cross specific coaching and development. The goal of the Irish Cyclo-cross Development Squad is to see improvements in international competition with the longer term aim of making an impact in World Championship and World Cup events.
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The hill was filled again at the Coillte Emerald Enduro

The crew delivered the goods yet again on the Carrick hill over the weekend (26-28 May) hosting another mighty Enduro World Series event. This was Round 4 of 8 of the 2017 series which started in New Zealand, then went to Australia, Madeira before landing in Ireland. This was the third year that Niall Davis and his team had put on the event which required a small army of volunteers. A huge thanks to all those who helped support the event over the three days.
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A great course at Ticknock for Round 3 of the NPS XC

We headed to Ticknock Forest in the Dublin Mountains for Round 3 of the 2017 Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series (NPS). Local club, MTB Association of Dublin (“MAD” for short), know the forest intimately and had developed on last year’s course which takes in part of the mountain bike trail centre. The organisation of the day was superb, improving on an already well oiled setup, to delivery a top class event. The weather was even kind to us, as per last year, although not as warm. The race village is on a forest clearing overlooking a valley where we could watch the forecasted heavy rain clouds in the distance. For us there was a couple of light showers during the day but they quickly disappeared leaving a mixture of overcast conditions and cloudless skies. A great day for riding bicycles. Continue reading

Exciting racing at Slade Valley for NPS XC Round 2

Slade Valley in County Wicklow may be well known for its golf courses but it was Saggart Woods which was the attraction for mountain bikers from across Ireland who headed along the narrow roads to where Round 2 of the Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series was taking place. Host club IMBRC are regular users of the venue and have been busy developing and testing the trails in the forest.

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