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.
It has been a busy few weeks for those riders who head over to Great Britain to compete in the downhill and cross-country series.
A list of the results from mid-April to mid-May can be found here
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from riders in the Under 21 age group (17-21) who would like to be supported to race in the Enduro World Series Round 5 Millau, France (30 June – 1 July). We are aiming to support two riders, preferably one male and one female in this age group.
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest for riders to compete in the 2017 European Cross-country Championships which are being held in Darfo Boario Terme Italy 27-30 July 2017. A maximum of two riders would be sent (less if riders do not meet the criteria). 1 x Elite and EITHER a Junior or Under 23. Support staff will also be sent.
I’m delighted to announce the ORC is organising 2 Enduro coaching days with Rosco Lines for the 12/14 & 14/18 year old race categories.
Race results from Bellurgan and Donard Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup and Gravity Enduro Ireland Ballinastoe and Ticknock races will be used for placing.
The first 5 finishers overall from each race in both age groups will be invited to 1 of the coaching sessions with Rosco.
All headed south to the Irish Riveria for the first round of the 2017 Irish Cross-country National Point Series. MBCC hosted the event in Tracton Woods which is located around 25 km south of Cork City. The forecast for the weekend was for heavy rain and strong winds. Thankfully that weather front quickly passed through the site during the early hours of the morning and left us with a light breeze and warm sunny spells for the rest of the day. Despite the downpour, the track was in great condition and was running very fast. It was a challenging course as the wood is set along both sides of a steep river ravine. Lots of climbing and descending with some rooty sections and fast gravel. The start line was on the stony access road which lead up to the woods from the main road. Parking was provided in a field across the road. Refreshments were available all day beside the sign on tent and the music was playing which provided a bohemian, chilled out atmosphere around the finish line. This was in stark contrast to the exhersion being put out by the riders both young and old!!
Irish riders headed over to compete in Round 1 of the HSBC British Cycling Downhill Series which took place in Nant Gwrtheyrn, Gwynedd – over the weekend 1-2 April 2017. On the same weekend the cross-country riders headed to the HSBC UK National Cross Country Series Round 1 which took place at Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli on Sunday 2 April.
A list of the results can be found here
In an effort to extend international development opportunities to a larger number of Ireland’s best young cyclocross racers, we are seeking applications for places for two UCI cyclocross camps.
There are two places available for application at each camp.
Successful applicants will be subject to a final selection by the UCI.
Camp 1: 4-9th June 2017, Sven Nys Cycling Center training camp, Baal (Belgium).
Deadline for rider applications 5pm 25th March 2017
Camp 2: 10-15th October 2017, UCI Cyclo-cross training Camp,
Aigle (Switzerland). Deadline for rider applications 4pm 15th June 2017.
Camp includes racing the EKZ CrossTour International CX event.
The first Youth Cyclo-cross National Championships (U16 & U14 Boys and Girls) will take place on Sunday 19th February 2017 at Corkagh Park, Dublin. The event will be hosted by Orwell Wheelers.
The championship categories are Under 14s and Under 16s. There will be support races (non championship) for Under 6s, 8s and 10s.