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
We are always looking to increase the number of trained off-road commissaires to cover the various off-road cycling disciplines. We are particularly interested in getting commissaires from Munster and Connacht, but we would welcome volunteers from anywhere on the island of Ireland. Commissaires will be trained in four off-road disciplines – downhill, cross-country, cyclo-cross and enduro.
Some details of the entries for this year’s Downhill National Championships are shown below. This is a pre-entry only event.
After receiving an excellent set of CVs from our Under 21 year old riders, the panel has awarded the support funds to Killian Callaghan and Leah Maunsell. We wish to thank all the riders for providing their detailed CVs. We are in the fortunate position to have great talent in the ranks but not in the fortunate position to support all the riders financially.
Best of luck to all those heading off to compete in Round 5 of the Enduro World Series in Millau, France 30 June – 1 July.
The Biking.ie crew delivered the goods yet again on the Carrick hill over the weekend (26-28 May) hosting another mighty Enduro World Series event. This was Round 4 of 8 of the 2017 series which started in New Zealand, then went to Australia, Madeira before landing in Ireland. This was the third year that Niall Davis and his team had put on the event which required a small army of volunteers. A huge thanks to all those who helped support the event over the three days.
Slade Valley in County Wicklow may be well known for its golf courses but it was Saggart Woods which was the attraction for mountain bikers from across Ireland who headed along the narrow roads to where Round 2 of the Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series was taking place. Host club IMBRC are regular users of the venue and have been busy developing and testing the trails in the forest.
It has been a busy few weeks for those riders who head over to Great Britain to compete in the downhill and cross-country series.
A list of the results from mid-April to mid-May can be found here
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from riders in the Under 21 age group (17-21) who would like to be supported to race in the Enduro World Series Round 5 Millau, France (30 June – 1 July). We are aiming to support two riders, preferably one male and one female in this age group.
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest for riders to compete in the 2017 European Cross-country Championships which are being held in Darfo Boario Terme Italy 27-30 July 2017. A maximum of two riders would be sent (less if riders do not meet the criteria). 1 x Elite and EITHER a Junior or Under 23. Support staff will also be sent.