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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.

Second notification of the 2020 Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission AGM


This is the second notification of Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission Annual General Meeting (AGM). This meeting will take place on Sunday 25 October 2020 at 19:30 and will be done via a Zoom call. Please note that pre-registration is required in order to gain access to the virtual AGM. Minutes from the last AGM can be found here.

Positions on the Commission
The commission will be made up with the following positions. All positions are available for renewal. The position of Chair is a 2 year post. The other positions are 1 year roles.

Downhill co-ordinator
Cross-country co-ordinator
Cyclo-cross co-ordinator
Enduro rep
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Junior World Downhill Champion!

The World Downhill Championships took place in Leogang in Austria over the weekend of 9-11 October 2020. With the current COVID-19 pandemic there was a restriction on which riders could attend (none could be based in Ireland). The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission was, however, able to authorise 4 representatives to compete.
Junior men: Chris Cummings, Oisin O’Callaghan
Junior women: McKenna Merten
Elite men: Jacob Dickson

The conditions in Leogang were very muddy on the 2.3 km course. A real challange for all riders.
After the practice day on Friday Chris was second fastest with Oisin 8th in the Junior men’s category. McKenna was 9th in the Junior women and Jacob was 32nd (out of a field of 87 riders) in the Elite men. The final took place on Sunday. McKenna retained 9th place, Jacob, unfortunately did not finish, Chris finished 21st but Oisin went on to win his category!! The first gold medal in downhill world championships for Ireland. A superb result.

Results here