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 – Atlassian 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 – Atlassian 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.
2018 will see the first official Irish National Enduro Championships by Gravity Enduro Ireland at Djouce Woods. 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On the weekend of 21-22 July 2018 the cross-country (XC) and downhill (DH) National Championships took place.
The XC championships took place at Castlewellan Forest Park. Report and results here.
The DH championships took place at Bike Park Ireland. Results here. Video by Home of the Mind here.
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.
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.
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 –
|1||29 April||Tollymore Forest||Dromara CC
|2||3 June||Slade Valley||IMBRC
|3||17 June||Lady Dixon Park, Belfast||Xmtb
|4||24 June||Tracton Woods||MBCC
|5||8 July||Davagh Forest||Carn 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
The first round of the 2018 Cross-country Mountain Bike series kicks off on Sunday 29 April at Tollymore Forest hosted by Dromara Cycling Club. This will be the first of 5 rounds with the Cross-country Championships happening in Castlewellan Forest.
Details can be found on www.irishxcnps.ie.
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 email@example.com as soon as you can.
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from riders in the Junior and Under 23 age group who would like to be supported to race in the Enduro World Series (EWS) in September.