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).
Please find below details of the selection process for Cycling Ireland license holders to compete in the 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands (3-4 Feb 2018) and also the World Cup, Hoogerheide, Netherlands (28 Jan 2018). Selection takes into account a rider’s domestic and international performances throughout the season and their commitment to cyclocross. Athletes must also adhere to Cycling Ireland’s anti-doping policies.
Kilbroney Forest in Rostrevor County Down was the venue for the 2017 Irish National Downhill Mountain Bike Championships which took place over the weekend of 22 and 23 July 2017. Local club, Rostrevor MTB, under the guidance of Mark and Jennifer Cumming, had been working hard in the months leading up to the event creating the track, satisfying the administration tasks and then gathering a small army of volunteers to do sign on, marshalling etc. Continue reading
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
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.
The fifth and final round of the 2017 Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series (NPS) took place on the west of Ireland at Union Wood, located between the towns of Collooney and Ballysadare in County Sligo. This was the second year that host club Northwest MTB had ran an NPS and they had made some great improvements to the course in that time.
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.
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.