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Cyclo-cross racing – organiser’s appeal

With most of the off-road disciplines coming to a close for the year the cyclo-cross season is only just starting. This fast exciting winter sport has a wide appeal. Clubs are asked to submit their dates onto the Cycling Ireland system for approval. The Off-road Commission is particularly interested in getting the various provinces to host their own provincial championships on the proposed date of Sunday 9 December.

The Commission is also keen to hear from clubs who would like to host the Youth Cyclo-cross Championships.

Contact for more information.

Irish riders – results from outside Ireland 2018

The Irish have had some great successes racing abroad this year. This document (here) summarizes the results from the riders for 2018 (up to the end of July) covering cross-country, downhill and enduro. Well done to all those who make the journey and thanks also to their families and team who support and/or finance them.

If you notice any missing results please see instructions in the document.

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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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 as soon as you can.

Provisional 2018 calendar

The 2018 season looks like another packed one for all off-road disciplines.
The calendar link  here includes international dates in the various disciplines that some Irish riders will be attending.

All disciplines would like you to register early for their events.  We need to support the organisers in order to ensure the races take place.

Keep an eye out on the various discipline website for more details.

If you know of any additions or amendments for this calendar please email