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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

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 as soon as you can.

Biggest Irish squad at World Cyclo-cross Championships

The Cycling Ireland Off Road Commission supported seven riders at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships which took place in Valkenburg, Netherlands over the weekend of the 3-4 February 2018.   The support team were: Andy Layhe, Martin Eadon, Aaron Baines, Suzanne Clarke, Donal O’Brien and Richard Conroy.  There was a large squad of travelling supporters from Ireland keen to cheer on the riders.

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Dates for the NPS XC Series and XC Championships

The dates for the 2018 Irish Cross-country National Point Series are shown below. The tracks have all been used successfully before and the host clubs are well experienced in putting on excellent events.

Round 1: 29 April 2018 – Tollymore Forest – Dromara CC
Round 2: 27 May 2018 – Ticknock – MAD
Round 3: 3 June 2018 – Slade Valley – IMBRC
Round 4: 24 June 2018 – Tracton Woods – MBCC
Round 5: 8 July 2018 – Davagh Forest – Carn Wheelers
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Great racing at the National Youth Cyclo-cross Championships

The 2018 Irish National Youth Cyclo-cross Championships took place at Knockbracken Reservoir in Carryduff, a suburb of Belfast. This was only the second year that the Youth CX Championships has been run and it is encouraging to see this youth event establish itself in the calendar. Along with the championship categories for the Under 14s and Under 16s was a full complement of support races for the Under 6s up to the Under 12s.

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