Cross-country and Downhill World Championships 2021

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from riders, male and female, in the Junior and Elite (Under 23) age-groups who would like to be supported to race in either the UCI Cross-country (XCO) World Championships or the UCI Downhill (DHI) World Championships. Both events take place in Val Di Sole, Italy on 25-29 August 2021.
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Provincial and National CX championships not going ahead and no Worlds team

Over the last number of weeks, the Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission has been engaging with event organisers and the Sport Ireland Expert Group, through Cycling Ireland, towards securing suitable and approved arrangements for the Provincial and National Cyclo-Cross Championships.

This included the Commission making adjustments to the calendar to reduce the amount of movement by people and ensured commitment from event organisers on implementing the Covid-19 protocols for their events.
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Postponement of Provincial Cyclo-cross Championships

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission, in consulation with the host clubs, has made the decision to postpone the provincial cyclo-cross championships from Sunday 6 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021.

Connacht: Hosted by: Westport Covey Wheelers – Venue: Westport
Leinster: Hosted by: – Venue: TBC
Munster : Hosted by: Greenmount CC – Venue: Limerick Race Course
Ulster : Hosted by: Island Wheelers – Venue: Windmill Park, Dungannon

The National Cyclo-cross championships are due to take place on 9/10 January 2020 at Palace Demense in Armagh hosted by Square Wheels (as of the date of this announcement).

The scheduled date for the provincials was felt to be too close to the lifting (hopefully) of restrictions and moving the date closer to the national championships would better prepare riders. Naturally, with the ongoing pandemic, these dates may have to be changed.

Keep safe

Enduro co-ordinator post filled

The Commission are pleased to welcome onboard Alan Redmond, currently with Biking Dirty, as the new Enduro Co-ordinator.
Alan grew up doing BMX, competing at Worlds in 1986. He competed in many national championships throughout the 80s. Al has been racing Enduro since 2014.

New Chair

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is delighted to announce our new Chair – Steve Donnellan. Steve has been a member of the Mountain Biking Association of Dublin (MAD) since 2008. He has previously served on their committee for five years, including three years in the role of Chair. Originally from Sydney, Australia, moving to Ireland in 2003, Steve has been involved with cycling since the early 1990s. He first got into road cycling, followed by cross-country racing and more recently into enduro. Through his involvement with MAD, Steve has had a long role in supporting XC racing and held the role of race director for MAD’s NPS XC round over the past few years.

Steve is looking forward to assisting the Commission in its continuing development across all off-road disciplines.