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.

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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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

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.

Expression of Interest to join the Irish Cyclocross Development Squad.

Applications are being sought from Under 14, Under 16, Junior and Under 23 riders, both male and female, who wish to be considered for inclusion within an Irish Cyclo-cross Development Squad.
The primary element of developing cyclo-cross riders in Ireland is the belief that the best pathway for international cyclocross success comes through strategic season planning, goal setting and cyclo-cross specific coaching and development. The goal of the Irish Cyclo-cross Development Squad is to see improvements in international competition with the longer term aim of making an impact in World Championship and World Cup events.
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