Category Archives: Enduro

Enduro National Championships

On Sunday 20 August 2017 the first Irish National Enduro Championships took place at Carrick Mountain, Co. Wicklow hosted by Biking.ie.  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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Emerald Enduro – Irish riders triumph

Round 3 of the Enduro World Series took place at Carrick Mountain, Co. Wicklow on the weekend of 13-15 May. This is the second time that this international event has visited the venue and it is testament to the great job that Niall Davis and the Biking.ie crew did last year to see its return.  The format was as before, 7 timed Enduro stages.  Like the previous year the sun shone and the crowds gathered and lined the stages, in costumes and making lots of noise.   Greg Callaghan relived the fairytale of 2015 and took the win again in the Men’s category, much to the delight of the crowds of spectators.  Leah Maunsell took the win in the Women’s Under 21s, Killian Callaghan took the win in the Men’s Under 21s, with the legend that is Robin Seymour taking first in the Masters.

A great job again by Niall and the small army of helpers.
For a full list of results click here.

UPDATED: IMPORTANT NOTICE: Motions for this Years AGM

UPDATED: IMPORTANT NOTICE: Nominations and Motions for this years Offroad AGM

Thank you all very much for your Nominations and Motions for this years AGM of the Offroad Commission. We hope the clearer structure of the Commission going forward will prove useful for developing the sport and supporting riders into the future.

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Offroad Commission AGM Motions & Notifications

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This years Offroad AGM will be held on the 25th of October (venue TBC but close to Dublin)

Please send motions and nominations to offroad.commission@gmail.com.
The deadline for motions is Monday the 20th and Wednesday the 22nd for nominations. We are accepting nominations for the position of the Chairman, Treasurer, CX and DH coordinator and regional development officers for all 4 provinces.
Please see the attached structure for 2015. Offroad Commission 2015 Structure.

Thank you
The Offroad Commission

Gearing Up Off- Road Mountain Bikers Instructor Courses

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*****Gearing Up Off- Road Mountain Bikers Instructor Courses*****
**Ballyhoura, Co. Limerick – 20th/21st September 2014**
**Meelmore Lodge, Co. Down – 18th /19th October 2014**
**9am – 6pm both days ** €120 or £100**
*Pre-Requisite – CI coaching qualification or MBLA qualification*

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If you are interested in attending this course please email for an application form to coaching@cyclingireland.ie

Places are limited to 10 participants. For more information please click on this link. www.cyclingireland.ie

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2013 Offroad Commission AGM Minutes

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First of all; a few thanks.

To everyone who made it to the AGM on the day, thank you for attending, your input was greatly appreciated.

The commission would like to take this opportunity also to thank Richard Lynch and Richard Thornhill, who resigned their posts, for their efforts in the past and to welcome Kevin Ryan as the new Downhill Coordinator.

Following Richard Lynch’s departure from the Commission, Aine Conneff has stepped in as acting as Chairperson in addition to her role as Treasurer. if anyone would like to join the commission by taking up either the Chairperson or Treasurer’s positions, please get in touch via the commission email stating which post you would like to be considered for.

See the attached minutes of the AGM below for the summary of what was discussed and outcome of the motions debated.

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2013 AGM – Motions for your consideration

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The following motions have been submitted for consideration by the members at the AGM:

I, Fergal Kilkenny, 13OV054, am submitting a motion for better DH event promotion.

(From an outsiders perspective in 2013 it seemed that there was no DH series whatsoever. Just look at the official Offroad site:http://www.offroadcyclingireland.ie/all you can see is BMX promo – and fair play to them for doing so.

XC got pretty good promo (http://www.offroadcyclingireland.ie/wordpress/?s=NPS) but any DH promo is next to impossible to find, which could be affecting attendances at races, especially for people out of the DH loop who may want to give it a shot eg; “Enduro riders” (sorry for using the “E” word!) or God forbid, some XC riders wanting to armour-up and have the craic!

It seems from feedback eg; from the Cullo race that there are organisers putting on excellent events which the riders really enjoy, and they really should be getting all the promo help they can get so that riders come to their races and help them cover the significant costs of uplifts, trophies etc..

Take for example – the biggest DH event of the year – the DH National Champs – I don’t see anything on the Offroad site for this. Not even a mention of it on IrishDH either. Looking at the event in the Offroad calendar – it advises it’s on 13th & 14th October, and in the event details itself it says it’s on “Mon, October 14, 12am – Tue, October 15, 12am” – it doesn’t even give a location or any details at all…etc…..)

I, Richard Byrne, 13OV082, propose that in addition to the Championships already in existence in the XCO and XCM disciplines that the Classic or Supervet category be added for riders of the 50+ age group.

(This is only in terms of the National Championships and not the NPS series).

I, John Crowley, 13A4841, (Chairman of Killarney C.C.) propose:

  • That there be standardized trophies and cash prizes for the NPS, this to be funded by a set fee / payment from each club hosting races.

  • That there should be a bigger time gap between rounds of NPS races ,(3-4 weeks)as the current system puts a lot of financial pressure on riders ,also a larger gap would allow riders to prepare better .

  • NPS : 5 races? Best result of 4? one in each Province?

  • NPS : Start series later in year, avoiding cold wet weather and very muddy tracks (I know its Ireland !!) no guarantee of dry weather later! But this would bring series into Summer, this year there were no races on after Nat Champs

  • If interest is there, how about Spring / Autumn series’ (short )

  • National Champs, should they be held in a central location to ensure a large turnout ?

  • If not Killarney would apply to host them this (2014) year!

  • Provincial teams have a race day? All Categories? Could be a bit of friendly rivalry? Separate to Nat Champs

I, Ger Jackson, 13OM047, propose that the XC National Points Series be changed to one race per month across the season similar to the British MountainBike Series.

I, Cieran Maunsell, 13OV080, propose that in all youth categories both girls and boys should start at the same time (no time delay between boys and girls). Then after race one, all riders should be seeded for race two regardless of gender, this way all riders are seeded on merit rather than gender.

(There would still be two races, boys v boys and girls v girls, just both on at the same time and after the race is over there would be two separate podiums. I think this system would be a much fairer system than the current one as all the fastest riders, both boys and girls, are placed at the front because of their speed, strength and skill, not their gender. I firmly believe that our current system of starting the girls behind the boys is damaging our sport and is seriously hampering the development of our young riders, I think if we are to try to nurture and encourage these young riders to become world class then we have to do what is best for them, they are the future of our sport.)

I, Maciej Staroniewicz, 13A3017, would like to submit the following motions:

  • Race entry fee for youth riders to be introduced for 2014, in line with Ulster XC – €5.00 for U16/U14 and €2.00 for U8/U10

  • Gridding for all categories available only to riders that pre-register online, those who register on the day only will be placed at the back of the grid.

  • Race courses for youth riders to be approved by XC-Coordinator prior to the race day and tested by a ‘benchmark rider’ with sample lap times provided for U8/U10/U12/U14 categories.

  • NPS organisers to ensure that all youth riders are given an opportunity to pre-ride the race course prior to their race.

  • XC Nationals to be made a 2 day event with Support, Youth and Women’s categories taking part on Saturday and other categories on Sunday.

  • In CX, riders age category to be defined by their age as of 1st of September, not 1st of January given year, in accordance with UCI and BC rules.

  • Regarding promoting / degrading riders between categories for 2014 I propose that the top 5 riders (as per their overall league standings) are promoted. I suggest no mandatory degrading for 2014 but would like to consider it for 2015.

  • No mandatory promotion for 2014 for women’s categories (no enough riders to justify this)

  • Each of the clubs that host MTB events (most big clubs do), to put forward one of their members to be trained as a CI Commissar

I, Richard Thornhill, 13OM30, propose the following motions with respect to the IDMS for 2014

  • Replace the Sport Category with a Hardtail class to even the playing field and stop the sandbagging that happens in that class. It would also give a cheaper way into the sport for riders.

  • I would also make the sports / hardtail class a non-league race to make it a proper stepping stone class.

  • I also propose to drop the Entry fee for the women’s class for the IDSM down to €30 from the standard adult rate of €50 to attract more Female racers

I, Conor Farrell, 13A3662, propose the following motions:

  • To discuss the implementation a framework to allow the Offroad Commission pursue corporate sponsorship to support all of the Commission’s activities. Possibly using a marketing / PR agency to assist in this process.

  • Make a specific plea to Clubs to endeavour to increase their membership numbers to give CI a greater mandate. Increased membership (even non-competition licences etc.) will allow for greater negotiating power with regard to funding from both public (governmental) and private (corporate) sources.

 

Get your thinking caps on. If you have objections or suggestions as to how to implement any of the above motions, get down to the AGM on Saturday and make sure your views are heard!

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