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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Deadline extended for expression of interest in competing at World CX Championships

Deadline for riders to register their interest in competing in the 2019 World Cyclocross Championships, Denmark has been extended to Tuesday 15 January 2019 @ 9 pm.

The purpose of this of this document is to set out the selection process for Irish riders to compete in the 2019 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark (2-3 Feb 2019).  The selection is open to riders in the following categories: Junior men, Junior women, Under 23 men, Under 23 women, Elite men and Elite women.

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Details for the 2019 Youth, Junior, Senior, Masters National Cyclo-cross Championships

The  2019 Irish National Youth Cyclo-cross Championships and the Irish National Junior/Senior/Masters Championships are both being held at  Fota House, Co. Cork.  The Youth Championships are on Saturday 12 January 2019 and the Junior/Senior/Masters Championships are being held on the Sunday 13 January.  Both events are being hosted by De Ronda van Cork.  There are non-championship youth support races on the Saturday as well.

2019 licences are required and entry is via the Cycling Ireland Azolve  portal.  Registration closes on Sunday 6 January 2019.  No other entries are allowed after that date.  If you have any issues with registration please contact secretary@offroadcyclingireland.ie

A list of entries to date is shown below
Youth Championships
Junior / Senior / Masters Championships

A technical guide for the event is given here.
Gridding list here.

Irish National Enduro Championships 2019 – information

The 2019 Irish National Enduro Championships will be held at Kilbroney, Rostrevor County Down on the weekend of 22/23 June 2019. The event will double up as Round 3 of the Vitus/First Track Enduro series.  NOTE: In order to be eligible for the championship categories you will need to have at least a Limited Competition licence from Cycling Ireland with the country code “IRL” on the licence.