Category Archives: Cross Country

Dates for the NPS XC Series and XC Championships

The dates for the 2018 Irish Cross-country National Point Series are shown below. The tracks have all been used successfully before and the host clubs are well experienced in putting on excellent events.

Round 1: 29 April 2018 – Tollymore Forest – Dromara CC
Round 2: 27 May 2018 – Ticknock – MAD
Round 3: 3 June 2018 – Slade Valley – IMBRC
Round 4: 24 June 2018 – Tracton Woods – MBCC
Round 5: 8 July 2018 – Davagh Forest – Carn Wheelers
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First notification of the Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission AGM

This is the first notification of Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission Annual General Meeting (AGM).  This meeting will take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 – venue to be confirmed (Dublin based).

Positions on the Commission
The commission will be made up with the following 8 positions.  Apart from the position of Chair (which is a two year post) all of the posts are up for re-election.

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Downhill Co-ordinator
  • Cross-country Co-ordinator
  • Cyclo-cross Co-ordinator
  • Enduro Rep
  • Youth Development Co-ordinator
  • Women’s Rep

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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

Irish XC National Championships – more details

A technical guide for the upcoming Irish National Cross-country Championships is provided here (PDF – version 5a).  The event is on Sunday 23 July 2017 but registration for this event closed on Monday 17 July for championship categories.  Riders are encouraged to read this document fully especially regarding the minimum numbers required, categories like the Under 12s, course practice, schedule on the day.

A course preview video is available here.

The gridding list for the championship events is provided here.

It is envisioned that the trophies for the NPS series will also be presented at the championships.

Team announcement for the 2017 European XC Championships

The 2017 European Cross-country Championships are being held in Darfo Boario Terme Italy on 27-30 July 2017.   The Off-road Commission received a high quality set of CVs from interested riders and we appreciate the time and effort those riders put into their CVs and into their season.  After reviewing the CVs and the budget it was decided to send 3 riders and one Team Manager.  The riders are: Gareth McKee (Elite), Thomas Creighton (Junior) and Jack Murphy (Junior) with Team Manager Simon Curry.  We wish them all success.

Sunshine, ice-cream, dusty trails – a great day at Bellurgan XC

Sunday 25 June 2017 saw Round 4 of the Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series being held at Bellurgan Park near Dundalk County Louth. Hosted by Cuchulainn Cycling Club, under the leadership of Liam Burns, this venue was last used as the 2016 National Championships and the club went out to make this event look even more impressive. This time were we based in the large field closer to the single track with plenty of room for vehicle parking. The start/finish area was well laid out, plenty of room for gazebos, podium set up, wooden benches and catering. The weather was fine all day with periods of sunshine and blue skies and, under the music and commentary of MC Paul Joyce, there was a great atmosphere around the site. Almost like icing on a cake, the host club had also arranged to provide free ice-creams for all competitors!!! What more could we ask for? Dry dusty trails perhaps? Yes, that’s what we got as well !!
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Masters World Champion – Again!

He’s only gone and done it again. Irish legendary off-road rider, Robin Seymour, the most decorated rider in Ireland, returned to the World Championship stage after winning the rainbow stripes last year in the Master 45-49 category. The event was held today at La Massana, Andora and it wasn’t long before the returning champion got his nose to the front of the race and pushed on. Robin took the win with 1m 30s gap back to Fabrizio Pezzi (ITA). Vinnie Fitzsimons also competed in the same race and finished 25th. Earlier in the day the 55-59 year old category was run with Peter Buggle taking 3rd place. Continue reading

A great course at Ticknock for Round 3 of the NPS XC

We headed to Ticknock Forest in the Dublin Mountains for Round 3 of the 2017 Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series (NPS). Local club, MTB Association of Dublin (“MAD” for short), know the forest intimately and had developed on last year’s course which takes in part of the mountain bike trail centre. The organisation of the day was superb, improving on an already well oiled setup, to delivery a top class event. The weather was even kind to us, as per last year, although not as warm. The race village is on a forest clearing overlooking a valley where we could watch the forecasted heavy rain clouds in the distance. For us there was a couple of light showers during the day but they quickly disappeared leaving a mixture of overcast conditions and cloudless skies. A great day for riding bicycles. Continue reading