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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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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.

CI-ORC AGM 2013 Minutes


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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: you can see is BMX promo – and fair play to them for doing so.

XC got pretty good promo ( 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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2013 AGM Agenda – Timetable

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Submission of Motions  for the 2013 Offroad AGM is now closed.

The details of the day are as follows:


Parish Hall, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

  • Morning Spin to Ballinastoe at 10:00, meet at Parish Hall, Roundwood
  • 1pm Soup and sandwiches in the Coach House, Roundwood
  • 2pm Offroad Commission AGM
  • 3:30pm 2013 prize-giving ceremony (IDMS, XC NPS)
  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Minutes and matters arising from 2012 AGM
  3. Off Road Commission Reports
  4. Questions regarding reports
  5. Elections/Nominations
  6. Motions
  7. 2014 Calendar
  8. AOB

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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Offroad Commission AGM – 19th October : Motions and Nominations Reminder

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This is a reminder that Motions and Nominations for the 2013 Offroad AGM must be submitted to the Offroad Commission email by this Saturday, 12th October at 1:00pm. Any motions or nominations received after this date/time, including at the AGM, will not be accepted.

Please submit your Motions via e-mail to with the subject “2013 Offroad AGM motion”

Please submit your Nominations for election to the Offroad Commission via e-mail to with the subject “Offroad Commission nomination”

You MUST include your Cycling Ireland licence number and your full name.

Here is an example of a motion:
I [Joe Bloggs] CI Licence number: []  propose that the XC National points series be the premier XC series each year and that all other proposed series be outside the NPS season”

Here is an example of a nomination:
” I [Joe Bloggs] CI Licence number: [] would like to nominate [John Doe] for the position of [insert proposed role/responsibility here]”

2012 Offroad Commission AGM Schedule and Agenda

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The 2012 Offroad Commission AGM takes place on Saturday October 6th at Taylors Three Rock, Rathfarnham, Dublin. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Morning – Casual spin around Three Rock
  • 2pm – soup and sandwiches for hungry bikers
  • 3pm – Offroad Commission AGM
  • 4:30pm – 2012 prize-giving ceremony

You’ll find the full agenda here, including Commission nominations and motions.

AGM Agenda

AGM Location

Upcoming MBLA (TCL) Courses

Cycling Ireland is delighted to introduce to you the NEW Mountain Bike Leaders Awards (MBLA) Scheme.  2012 will see Cycling Ireland offer a New Leadership Qualification in Mountain Biking in the form of a NEW Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Award.  Please find below details of upcoming Trail Cycle Leader Course (TCL);


Cycling Ireland MBLA Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Courses

Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Date:  20th and 21st of October 2012

Venue:  Roundwood Parish Centre, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 7pm

Tutor:  Tarja Owens


Roundwood, Co. Wickow

Date:  10th and 11th of November 2012

Venue:  Roundwood Parish Centre, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 7pm

Tutor:  Tarja Owens


Newcastle Co. Down

Date:  10th and 11th of November

Venue:  Meelmore Lodge, 52 Trassey Rd, Newcastle, BT33 0QB

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 7pm

Tutor:  Ian Bailey

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MTB Rendezvous 2012 – Cancelled

Bad news from the organisers of the MTB Rendezvous:

We are in the unfortunate position of announcing the cancellation of the MTB Rendezvous 2012, due to take place in Knockree Youth Hostel this coming Sunday, 23rdSeptember.

We have received tremendous support for this new format of socialising on a bike, which encompasses all the good things about cycling. Both from the cycling industry in Ireland, the many individuals and cycling clubs looking to participate to the local businesses who welcome cyclist through their doors every weekend.

Unfortunately the success of this novel idea has been its down fall and has brought concerns from the forestry state body Coillte regarding access to their lands and the byelaws covering this. Due to these concerns we will not be continuing with the Rendezvous.

As organisers of the Rendezvous, our sole objective was to provide a social lunch for all who arrived at Knockree by which ever means they wished. It has never been to organise the routes anyone cycled.

Keen cyclist as we are, we are not members of any Cycling Ireland club, nor was this a competitive event. However the threat hanging over future Cycling Ireland events on Coillte land has been too great. We respect Coillte’s concerns and the byelaws governing their forests and access and do not want to jeopardise any future MTB events with the possibility of substantial numbers of cyclists on their land.

So I would ask all cyclists to do what you do every Sunday and enjoy your biking in designated trails. Thank you again for the interest you have shown in Rendezvous.

Safe riding.

MTB Rendezvous – Important Notice

With regard to the MTB Rendezvous planned for Sunday 23rd September 2012, Cycling Ireland would like to advise riders that this is a not a Cycling Ireland sanctioned event and no permit has been issued by Coillte for the event.

Riders are advised that cycling on the Wicklow Way or Dublin Way is not permitted, and cycling is only permitted on designated cycle routes on Coillte property or with appropriate permit.

In conjunction with the official Coillte MTB trails, there is some great and very scenic cycling on the roads leading to Knockree, so riders are reminded to plan ahead and ensure they do not violate any bye-laws or cycle on lands not designated or permitted for the purpose.

Riders are reminded to review the Coillte Offroad Cycling Strategy (alternately see extract below):

Coillte retain the right not to permit events organised by clubs whose members choose to ignore directions set down by Coillte on use of designated areas only for cycling or who have demonstrated a lack of respect for the resource made available to them or who have not adhered to the conditions of previous permits issued.

Byelaws were introduced in 2009 under the 1989 Forestry Act to govern use of the lands and it prohibited certain activities. The byelaws were introduced as a management tool to help with reducing the level of safety issues from the inappropriate use of trails and roads, to manage conflict between different visitor groups to Coillte lands and to control unauthorised activities that can cause nuisance, environmental damage or be a source of risk to other users and employees.
This byelaw is now in place on a substantial part of the estate and defines that cycling is not allowed except in areas and on routes designated for cycling.The use of byelaws to restrict the act of using a bicycle on a part of the lands deemed unsuitable is just one part of a number of measures to manage and encourage responsible behaviour. The byelaw (as it relates to cycling) will remain in place and the issues highlighted will be addressed through this strategy.
Failure by cyclists and others to comply with officially posted notices or instructions will result in removal of permissions and permits.

Leinster Leader – 4 Sept 2012



Lenister Leader 4 Sept 2012


Astroturf pitches & BMX track planned for outskirts of Naas



PLANS are afoot to develop astroturf pitches and a BMX bike track on a greenfield site outside Naas.
A four-and-a-half acre plot at the IDA Business Park at Blessington Road (behind the AIB building) has been earmarked as the location for the development.
The planning application, made in the name of Conor Carruthers, is for five pitches of 600 square metres, a two-storey clubhouse occupying 361 square metres as well as a BMX track measuring some 340 metres.
It also embraces a smaller BMX clubhouse, floodlighting and 129 car park spaces.
The application was prepared by Naas-based consulting engineer Conor Furey.

The Vacant Site in Naas.
The Leader was unable to make contact with Mr. Carruthers and it is not clear how much the project will cost or the potential for job creation.
The IDA has already indicated it has no objection to the plan provided it meets regulatory requirements such as planning permission.
A traffic report compiled as part of the application indicates that the junction which serves the area can deal with the additional traffic.
The report used traffic flows for a similar facility at Red Lane, Newbridge, for comparison.
“The junction arrangements to access the site can operate satisfactorily in accommodating the levels and types of traffic likely to be generated by the development,” the report says.
The report also notes that the access road to the business park ends in a cul de sac adjacent to the site and “this could form part of a possible future Naas link road.”
It further suggests that levels of car ownership will not fluctuate significantly so traffic growth will be limited.
Submissions about the plan can be made by September 24 and Naas Town Council is expected to decide on the application by October 15.


– Paul O’Meara


Story published HERE.