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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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Sunshine at Djouce for the National XCO Championships

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

Off-road Commissaires – Expression of interest

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.

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Enduro – Supported riders for EWS France – update

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 hill was filled again at the Coillte Emerald Enduro

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.
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Exciting racing at Slade Valley for NPS XC Round 2

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.

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