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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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Irish National Youth Cyclo-cross Championships 2018

Details of the upcoming National Youth Cyclo-cross championships which will be held on Sunday 28 January 2018 at Knockbracken Reservoir, Carryduff, Belfast are given below.  The championship categories are Under 16s and Under 14s but the event will also have support races for the Under 6s up to the Under 12s.

Closing  date for entries for the championship race is Thursday 25 January 2018 – 23:59.
Registration link here.
Closing date for the support races is Friday 26 January 2018 at 8 pm.
Registration link for support races here.

List of entries for the national championship categories is given here.
List of entries for the support race is given here (Password “Support”)

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Exciting racing at the National Cyclo-cross Championships

The 2018 Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships was hosted by Team WORC and took place on Sunday 14 January 2018 at Glencullen Adventure Park County Dublin, better known as “The GAP”. The GAP is one of the newest bike parks in Ireland having been converted from an old golf course by project leader Matt Davy (https://www.thegap.ie). The site boasts uplift services, changing facilities and a café. The host club are grateful for the support from Matt and his team to accommodate the event. Continue reading

Entry open for the 2018 National Cyclo-cross Championships

Entry is now open for the 2018 Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships which are being held at Glencullen Adventure Park (The GAP) on Sunday 14 January 2018 hosted by Team WORC.

2018 licences required and entry is via the Cycling Ireland Azolve  portal.  Registration closes on Sunday 7 January 2018.  No other entries are allowed after that date.  If you have any issues with registration please contact secretary@offroadcyclingireland.ie

A list of entries to date is shown here.

A technical guide for the event is given here.  There are also support races on the Saturday.

A breakdown of the points which will be used for the gridding is shown here.  By category this list can be seen here.  The final entry list with gridding is shown here.

Visit from Belgium National CX coach

Belgium national cyclocross coach Rudy de Bie played host to the latest National Cyclocross Development Squad day last weekend (2 December 2017). Twenty two riders availed of the vast experience and guidance of Rudy at the National Sports Campus in Dublin. Some of the discipline’s most notable pro riders and world champions such as Sven Nys, Bart Wellens and Mario de Clerq all came through the cyclocross ranks under the close guidance and mentoring of Rudy de Bie.

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Appeal for volunteers to join the Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission

After the recent AGM there were two roles which were not filled in this year’s Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission.  A youth development co-ordinator and a cross-country 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 secretary@offroadcyclingireland.ie as soon as you can.