The Irish Off-road team headed to Lenzerheide in Switzerland to compete in the World Championships of both downhill and cross-country. Both courses proved very tough. With big crowds and super atmosphere this was truly a big occasion for the team.
The Downhill and Cross-country World Championships will take place in Lenzerheide in Switzerland from 4-9 September 2018. The following riders will be representing Ireland at this competition:
Jacob Dickson, Conor Bate, Jack Crowley with Junior riders Liam Wolfe and Cathal Fitzpatrick.
Team Manager: Mark Dickson
Gareth McKee with Junior riders Lee Harvey and Thomas Creighton
Team Manager: Simon Curry
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.
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from male or female riders to compete in the 2018 European Cross-country (XCO) Championships which are being held in Glasgow 7 August 2018 and the 2018 World Cross-country (XCO) Championships which are being held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland 5-9 September 2018.
A maximum of two riders would be sent to each event (less if riders do not meet the criteria) along with support staff. The race categories would be Junior and Elite riders.
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 –
|1||29 April||Tollymore Forest||Dromara CC|
|2||3 June||Slade Valley||IMBRC|
|3||17 June||Lady Dixon Park, Belfast||Xmtb|
|4||24 June||Tracton Woods||MBCC|
|5||8 July||Davagh Forest||Carn 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 www.irishxcnps.ie
The first round of the 2018 Cross-country Mountain Bike series kicks off on Sunday 29 April at Tollymore Forest hosted by Dromara Cycling Club. This will be the first of 5 rounds with the Cross-country Championships happening in Castlewellan Forest.
Details can be found on www.irishxcnps.ie.
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
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.
- Downhill Co-ordinator
- Cross-country Co-ordinator
- Cyclo-cross Co-ordinator
- Enduro Rep
- Youth Development Co-ordinator
- Women’s Rep
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