Cyclo-cross coaching at the new Skills Zone at NSC Dublin

This weekend sees a milestone in Irish cycling with the inaugural use of the new Cyclocross Skills Zone at the National Sports Campus in Dublin. 

The opening of the venue, coincides with the visit of two time European Champion Helen Wyman who will be hosting a cyclocross coaching session at the venue on Sunday 18th August from 9am. 

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Two riders selected for UCI Cyclo-cross camp

The UCI has confirmed selection of two Irish riders to attend their Cyclocross training Camp in Aigle in Switzerland (1-6th October 2019). Best of luck to Lucy O’Donnell and Darren Rafferty.

Each year the camp is hosted by a top international cyclocross coach or former CX professional. Previous versions have seen Sven Nys, Rudy de Bee and Sven Vanthourenhout passing on their experience and knowledge to the riders.

DH and XC National Championships

The Irish Downhill and Cross-country National Championships are both being held over the weekend of the 20/21 July 2019. Deadline for entry for both events is Sunday 14 July 2019.

The Downhill Championships are being held at Kilbroney, Rostrevor Co. Down by Rostrevor MTB Club. A Technical Guide for the DH event is given here. More details can be found on www.irishdownhillseries.com/.

The Cross-country (XC) National Championships are being held at Tracton Woods in Co. Cork by MBCC. A Technical Guide for the XC event is given here. More details can be found on www.irishxcnps.ie/.

Warm weather and fast trails for the Enduro National Championships

The 2019 Irish National Enduro Championships took place over the weekend of the 22/23 June at Ravensdale Forest, Co. Louth hosted by Chain Reaction Cycles / First Tracks. This event doubled up as Round 3 of the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup and had also been used for Round 1 of the series. The event was also a qualifier round for the Enduro World Series (EWS).
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XC – Expression of Interest – European Championships

The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from male and female riders to compete in the 2019 European Cross-country (XCO) Championships which are being held in Brno, Czech Rep 27-28 July 2019. https://www.mtbbrno.eu/program

A maximum of two riders would be sent to the event (less if riders do not meet the criteria) along with support staff. The race categories would be Junior, Under 23 and Elite riders.
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A great start to the XC NPS series

The first round of the Irish Cross-country Mountain Bike National Point Series took place at Davagh Forest, Co. Tyrone, on Sunday 19 May 2019. Course designers from the host club, Carn Wheelers, are well used to the venue but had to do some amendments this year due to construction of the Dark Sky Observatory due to open in spring 2020. This had a direct impact on the original start/finish area as well as car parking. The new start/finish was moved to one of the tarmac roads a short distance away. Riders gathered at the venue from early morning from all over Ireland. The day remained largely dry, but overcast with light rain on occasion.

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