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Irish Cyclo-cross news

The seasons are changing, summer is coming to an end so it must be time for cyclo-cross!!!  The calendar of events we have had confirmed to the commission so far are shown here.   The age categories for cyclo-cross are based on the age group you will be in next year.  For the 2017/2018 cyclo-cross season the list of age categories by year of birth is shown here.

The commission has also been working to get the technical rules reviewed for cyclo-cross.  Part of this review looked at race length for youth riders.  Statement below.

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Enduro National Championships

On Sunday 20 August 2017 the first Irish National Enduro Championships took place at Carrick Mountain, Co. Wicklow hosted by  This was a demonstration event and also doubled up as the Gravity Enduro championships as well so there was lots to play for.  The running of the national championships was part of recognition of the discipline within Cycling Ireland with a set of rules produced accordingly (see rules here).
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Irish cyclo-cross selection criteria for Worlds

Please find below details of the selection process for Cycling Ireland license holders to compete in the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands (3-4 Feb 2018) and also the World Cup, Hoogerheide, Netherlands (28 Jan 2018).  Selection takes into account a rider’s domestic and international performances throughout the season and their commitment to cyclocross. Athletes must also adhere to Cycling Ireland’s anti-doping policies.

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A great setup at Rostrevor for the Downhill National Championships

Kilbroney Forest in Rostrevor County Down was the venue for the 2017 Irish National Downhill Mountain Bike Championships which took place over the weekend of 22 and 23 July 2017. Local club, Rostrevor MTB, under the guidance of Mark and Jennifer Cumming, had been working hard in the months leading up to the event creating the track, satisfying the administration tasks and then gathering a small army of volunteers to do sign on, marshalling etc. Continue reading

Sunshine at Djouce for the National XCO Championships

The 2017 Irish National Cross-country Mountain Bike Championships took place at Djouce Woods in Country Wicklow on Sunday 23 July. The venue is one that host club EPIC MTB would be very familiar with having run many similar events in this location over the years. The car parking, sign on and event village were all based in the field beside the woods which offered a stunning view of Powerscourt Waterfall and the Wicklow mountains. Riders and spectators could enjoy an uninterrupted view of the valley with its peaks, fields, wooded areas and scattered houses. From the vista point we could watch the rain clouds approach or the patches of blue sky appear. This venue is know for the wind that whips up from the valley floor but today the wind conditions were favourable. The day started out grey with some light showers during the morning but by the afternoon blue sky prevailed and sunshine appeared. It finished on a very pleasant warm day allowing the volunteers to pack up and tidy up bathed in sunshine. Continue reading

Irish XC National Championships – more details

A technical guide for the upcoming Irish National Cross-country Championships is provided here (PDF – version 5a).  The event is on Sunday 23 July 2017 but registration for this event closed on Monday 17 July for championship categories.  Riders are encouraged to read this document fully especially regarding the minimum numbers required, categories like the Under 12s, course practice, schedule on the day.

A course preview video is available here.

The gridding list for the championship events is provided here.

It is envisioned that the trophies for the NPS series will also be presented at the championships.