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.
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 25 October 2020.
The AGM will be held virtually. Time to be confirmed. Attendees will be asked to register in order to obtain a link to the event. This will be made available in due course.
All roles on the commission are up for renewal.
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from male and female riders to compete in the first round of the HSBC British Cross-country Mountain Bike Series which takes place at Hadleigh Farm, Essex on 21/22 March 2020. This opportunity should be seen as part of rider development.
Continue reading Expression of interest for Juniors/U23s to compete at the first round of the British XC series
A tough weekend of racing at the World Cyclocross Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland (1-2 Feb 2020).
In the Junior Women’s race Lucy O’Donnell finished 26/46 with Roisin Lally 43/46
In the Junior Men’s race Darren Raffery finished 42/64
In the Under 23 Men’s race David Conroy finished 49/50
FROM CYCLO-CROSS CO-ORDINATOR PAUL BIRCHALL
“The ruts have filled in, the bridges are gone and the aircraft are in the air again at Dübendorf, Switzerland. They Irish Team and Supporters have left their marks on the World Champs stage. Well done to everyone involved, most of all to the riders who made us so proud of where we come from David Conroy, Lucy O’Donnell, Roisin Lally and Darren Rafferty. 2020 promises to be an even bigger year for Irish CX.
Thanks Djouceman for the video here“
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission has selected 4 riders to compete at the 2020 World Cyclocross Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland (1-2 Feb 2020).
Darren Rafferty (Junior men)
Lucy O’Donnell (Junior women)
Roisin Lally (Junior women)
David Conroy (U23 men)
We wish the team success. You can see the race schedule on the event website here
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking a host club for the 2020 National Cross-country Mountain Bike Championships. The date is set by the UCI and must be on Sunday 19 July 2020.
Any club who is interested please email the cross-country representative on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 12 January 2020 was day two of the Cycling Ireland National Cyclo-cross Championships hosted by Ballina Cycling Club at Enniscrone in County Sligo. A fine day with clear blue skies and winter sun. Conditions were still very muddy underfoot with lots of running required to get around the course.
There were four races today:
Race 1 was for the Junior men
Race 2 was for the Masters men (M40, M50 and M60)
Race 3 was for the Women (Seniors and Masters)
Race 4 was for the Senior men
There was a period of practice time before each race and an award ceremony immediately after each race.
Continue reading Super action at Day 2 of the 2020 National Cyclo-cross championships
The 2020 National Cyclo-cross championships kicked off with the Youth championships on Saturday 11 January at a great site at Enniscrone in County Sligo. Host club Ballina CC have been hard at work created a great course using the many grass banks. The course was held around the edges of a wide expanse of grass with historic monuments on the top of the hills. Spectators were able to see almost all of othe course from one vantage point. However, the night before the race took place there was torrential rain which turned a great riding course into a very muddy one. On race day there was light rain to start but it did dry up to leave a mild day.
Continue reading Exciting racing at the Youth National Championships in Co. Sligo
The 2020 Irish National Youth Cyclo-cross Championships and the Irish National Junior/Senior/Masters Championships are both being held at Castlefield, Enniscrone, County Sligo. The Youth Championships are on Saturday 11 January 2020 and the Junior/Senior/Masters Championships are being held on the Sunday 12 January. Both events are being hosted by Ballina Cycling Club. There are non-championship youth support races on the Saturday as well. 2020 licences are required and entry is via the Cycling Ireland Azolve portal. Registration closes on Sunday 5 January 2020.
A technical guide for the event is given here.
Gridding list – here
A list of entries to date – here
If you are having trouble registering for the nationals, review the following check list
a) are you registering before the cut off date (Sunday 6 January 2020)? If yes,
b) have you got a 2020 competition licence from Cycling Ireland? If yes,
c) has your licence got “IRELAND” as your nationality? If yes,
d) are you registered under your own account on the Cycling Ireland website? [Parents: if you are looking to register your child in the race, you must log in using their account]
For those in a Cycling Ireland registered club, you can ask your club secretary to register you for the event.
If the above does not solve your problem please email email@example.com
Selection Criteria for 2020 World Cyclocross Championships, Dübendorf, Switzerland.
The purpose of this of this document is to set out the selection process for Irish riders to compete in the 2020 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland (1-2 Feb 2020). The selection is open to riders in the following categories: Junior men, Junior women, Under 23 men, Under 23 women, Elite men and Elite women.
Continue reading Expression of interest to race 2020 World Cyclo-cross championships