Bioracer – Atlasssian International UCI Cyclocross

The Irish cyclocross scene both north and south of the border has seen phenomenal growth in recent years and it takes another huge step forward this coming season with it’s inaugural UCI race, the Bioracer – Atlasssian International Cyclocross, promoted by Kinning Cycles, taking place in Belfast on Sunday October 7th. The event is also supported by co-sponsors McKinley Contracts.

The event, a UCI C2 graded race, is the first of its kind ever to take place in Ireland and will see witness to international riders from the USA, Italy and France so far as well as the best riders on the Irish domestic circuit.

The Bioracer – Atlasssian International Cyclocross boasts one of the highest prize funds for any single day bike race in Ireland, with almost 4,000 euro spread across the UCI events. Women will receive equal prize money to men.
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Inaugural Irish National Enduro Championships

2018 will see the first official Irish National Enduro Championships. The event will be run as per Gravity Enduro Ireland time table and rules. Registration closes Sunday 19th August, one week before the event. Login to your account on www.cyclingireland.ie and enter.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a medal you must have a full Cycling Ireland Licence with an IRL code and you must Pre Register on www.cyclingireland.ie.

If you don’t have a licence you can still enter on the day and race for the craic as normal!
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Cyclo-cross racing – organiser’s appeal

With most of the off-road disciplines coming to a close for the year the cyclo-cross season is only just starting. This fast exciting winter sport has a wide appeal. Clubs are asked to submit their dates onto the Cycling Ireland system for approval. The Off-road Commission is particularly interested in getting the various provinces to host their own provincial championships on the proposed date of Sunday 9 December.

The Commission is also keen to hear from clubs who would like to host the Youth Cyclo-cross Championships.

Contact cyclocross@offroadcyclingireland.ie for more information.

Irish riders – results from outside Ireland 2018

The Irish have had some great successes racing abroad this year. This document (here) summarizes the results from the riders for 2018 (up to the end of July) covering cross-country, downhill and enduro. Well done to all those who make the journey and thanks also to their families and team who support and/or finance them.

If you notice any missing results please see instructions in the document.

XC – Expression of Interest – European and World Championships

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from male or female riders to compete in the 2018 European Cross-country (XCO) Championships which are being held in Glasgow 7 August 2018 and the 2018 World Cross-country (XCO) Championships which are being held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland 5-9 September 2018.

A maximum of two riders would be sent to each event (less if riders do not meet the criteria) along with support staff.  The race categories would be Junior and Elite riders.
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Date change for the 2018 NPS XC series

Due to circumstances outside of their control, MAD MTB is no longer able to host a round of the 2018 Cross-country National Point Series.  A lot of work had been going on in the background with developing Ticknock but there was an event clash on the chosen date and other dates do not suit.  We hope to have the club and venue back next year.

In order to maintain a 5 round series we simple went to the next club who were looking for an NPS round this year but there were none left.   Xmtb was already going to run a round of the Ulster XC series on Sunday 17 June at Lady Dixon Park in Belfast and they are happy to double that round up as an NPS round. This has meant a slight renumbered of the rounds.

These circumstances do happen and we do hope that riders will still be able to get to all the rounds they can.

This leaves the 2018 NPS XC as –

RoundDateVenueHost club
129 AprilTollymore ForestDromara CC
23 JuneSlade ValleyIMBRC
317 JuneLady Dixon Park, BelfastXmtb
424 JuneTracton WoodsMBCC
58 JulyDavagh ForestCarn Wheelers

Eagle eyed readers will note that 3 of the 5 rounds are in Ulster.  This was in contrast to last year when there were none in Ulster. This is just how it fell out this year.  Ideally it would be great for 2019 to get a spread of venues across all 4 provinces.

Details of the races will be up on www.irishxcnps.ie

Further appeal for volunteers for the Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission

This is a further call for help to support the off-road discipline in Ireland.  The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is in need of a cross-country co-ordinator and a youth development co-ordinator .

Both positions are very important for the commission and we would love to fill these roles with passionate people.

If you feel you would like to come on board and help out please forward your name to secretary@offroadcyclingireland.ie as soon as you can.