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2014 Irish Downhill National Championships Report

‘If Carlsberg did Irish Championships’ This was the quote of the weekend and that pretty much sums up the whole event. Even with the thrills, spills, knocks and bangs of racing there was not one person went home without a smile on their face.

When something needs done it must be done 100% is the philosophy taken by the organisers of the biggest event on the Irish downhill calendar. Chain Reaction Cycles club, the Newry & Mourne District Council and First tracks MTB teamed up to deliver what is arguably the best downhill race this country has seen to date. 200 riders and copious amounts of spectators took to the slopes of Slievebane in Rostrevor during the weekend of the 19/20th July and boy they did not disappoint. With all the talk in the pits about a challenging track, riders were keen to get practicing on Saturday morning. Steve Bell and Deejay O’Hare went into ‘rider down’ overdrive as riders tried to pick their way down the fresh loamy steep turns. By lunch time most people got to grips with things, lines got dialled in and the pace was getting faster.

On Sunday morning riders made the most of the 2hr practice window to put the finishing touches on their runs. At 11am sharp the race kicked things off with the seeding runs, this is always a good gauge for how much riders need to push for the final run. Tension was mounting in Rostrevor Forest as riders made their way to the top for a 2pm start. As the first riders dropped in the noise of the Nukeproof cowbells could be heard rattling through the valleys encouraging riders to push things right to the limit! Riders that purchased day licences and riders with full licences competed in the open race while riders with a full Irish licence had the opportunity for a placing in the Irish National Downhill Championships.

Open Irish Championships:

The young guns in the juvenile category were going at it with local ripper Ben Clerkin missing out on a podium spot by one position. All the practice before the event paid off for Joseph O’Boyle in 3rd place. While Liam Wolfe snapped at the heels of Ronan Gahan in first position.

Run times in the youth race would have placed the winner Jack Crowley in 6th place in elites. This shows us the depth of talent we have here on our island. Fresh back from his BDS campaign Conor Bate crashed his way into 2nd place with a big off on the last jump. Another impressive result was Alistair Baron in 3rd on a borrowed bike at his first downhill race, great skills so watch this space. In 4th place and certainly worth a mention was Jack Devlin. Tipped to be a star of the future Jack fell out with a tree during a massive crash on Saturday and was lucky even to be riding a bike.

With a category full of rockstars the super vets blasted their way down the track with times that would put many a young fellow to shame. Joe Bergin set the early pace with Derek Cowan in 4th. The top 3 consisted of Tony Marshal, Brendan McEneaney and Brian McCluskey at the top of the box.

The men with all the experience in the veteran category have had many a battle over the years through different categories. Being super competitive nothing beats a mid life crisis more than the bragging rights of winning the biggest race of the year. Stephen Davidson got there early on Friday for a track walk and all his efforts got rewarded with a 3rd place. Chatty man and fastest qualifier Joe Ward ended up with 2nd while the ever slimming racing snake Ian McIntyre put a stormer together for the win.

One of the closest fought battles for a podium position was in the sport category with only 4.5secs separating the top 3 positions. It was anybodys race but Martin Mullan left with the bronze medal. Dublin man Sean Glynn knocked 15secs of his seeding run time for silver. The gold medal was awarded to a hard working Victor Bell. These boys have all earned the right to move up categories next year.

The senior category has always got a bunch of lads that spend more time building sand castles on Cranfield beach so next year the elite field should grow an inch or two!! The top 11 riders all sneaked under the 3 minute mark but with some crashing during final runs the top 3 looked like this. Back on form after a nasty knee injury Kyle Nelson scored a podium spot. Kevin Coughlan put 2 consistent runs together for a 2nd place. Top step went to the Newry’s newest recruit Laurence Farrington.

The ladies had some serious racing going on over the weekend with nerves getting the better of some riders. It was a steep learning curve on a steep track but there is nothing like a good race to gain some experience. Rosella Pellegrino crashed hard on the top section but soon got up and going again. Rostrevor local Chloe Cumming racked up some big crashes during practice and seeding but got it together for the final and put down a smooth run for 4th. Enduro specialist Orla McClean kept it tidy for 3rd. Sacha Bickerstaff had some big crashes over the weekend that would have stopped many a good rider. A steady run got her a silver medal. Tara O’Boyle had a great weekend, she looked fast and confident every step of the way and got rewarded with a well deserved gold medal. Something tells me there will be some close racing with this lot in the future. Keep having fun girls!!

The ‘getting on a bit’ but ‘still acting the young fella’ lads in the Masters category love putting on a show. These lads do not hang about and competing in the biggest category a sketchy run could quickly drop you down the ranks. A fully loaded field that would have made up a typical elite category not so long ago this is how the top 3 panned out. Relatively new to downhill with a background in moto x and enduro Ian Coates styled it up with a 3rd place. Dave Egan has a wealth of experience and always applies the pressure whether its enduro or downhill, this time a silver medal was hanging around his neck for all his efforts. Top of the box and a very tired Glyn O’Brien was as equally pumped with a gold medal as he was to see everyone leave after the event with a huge smile!

An unusually small junior field did not hold these lads back from embarrassing most of the elite riders. Made of rubber and coming out of the gate guns blazing is just how these lads roll!! Brian Mackin just pipped Dan Priestley into 3rd place. Matthew McGlinchey bounced his short travel machine down the hill into 2nd. The biggest winning margin of the weekend by 21.352 seconds!! was Jacob Dickson. In the thick of his World Cup campaign he was always going to be the man to beat especially with a goal to be fastest rider of the weekend. He didnt quite achieve this but there is plenty more to come from the “Ginga Rippa”!!

The fastest lads in the country always hang it out and are never happy unless they are winning. This always makes for exciting racing and great spectating. If you were standing anywhere on the track or at Hecklers Rock the tension in the air made the ground shake. Rider after rider stormed through with a glimmer of hope in their eyes but there is always just one winner. The rest of the guys just have to go back to the drawing board and dream up some excuse! In 5th place Jack Sparrow’s stunt double Seanan O’Riordan impressed all the ladies on his way to 5th. British mini bike champ, enduro extraordinaire and i-phone stopwatch silver medallist James McFerran won practice and landed himself with a 4th place overall. Slick pilot Stephen McCormack threatened the fastest time of the day after 2 consistent fast runs and rode away with a bronze medal. Fastest qualifier and all around nice guy Christopher McGlinchey pulled the fun bus in from a very busy season to stamp some authority on the biggest race of the year but came away with a silver medal. After a shaky start to his weekend Colin Ross put it all together when it counted. Under a lot of pressure he recorded the fastest time of the weekend and won the Irish Downhill National jersey. You could tell from the relief and smile on his face he wanted this one and rode like it was ‘All or Nothing!’

A huge thanks to all our sponsors, without you we could not have done it. Chain Reaction Cycles, Nukeproof, FirstTracksMTB.com, Think Studio, Acti-snack, Muc off, East Coast Adventure, Amphibia, Erdinger, Fit Chef…Cheers guys!! Also hats off to everyone who helped with making an event that will go down in history for gravity racing in Ireland. Newry & Mourne District Council, Chain Reaction Cycles club, FirstTracksMTB.com, Mountainbike N.I., St John’s ambulance, Cycling Ireland, the trail grafters (way to many too mention but what a job!!), all the marshals (we keep going back to the same guys each time because they do a heck of a job!) Kev Ryan, Peter Hughes and a special mention to the one armed bandit Cato McCann for all her hard work in the lead up to/ during and after the event!!

To see the full Irish National Downhill Championships results visit http://crcidms.com/?p=732

Juvenile 1st Ronan Gahan – Gravity BC 2nd Liam Wolfe – Gravity BC 3rd Joseph O’Boyle – Team Moco
Youth 1st Jack Crowley – 021 racing 2nd Conor Bate – Team Moco 3rd Jack Devlin – Team Moco
Veteran 1st Ian McIntyre – Chain Reaction Cycles 2nd Joe Ward – Potato Bred 3rd Stephen Davidson – Plush MTB
Junior Women 1st Sacha Bickerstaff – Vitus Factory Racing Senior Women 1st Tara O’Boyle – Team Moco
Masters 1st Glyn O’Brien – FirstTracksMTB.com Nukeproof 2nd Dave Egan – 3rd Ian Coates – Cycle Inn
Junior Men 1st Jacob Dickson 2nd Matthew McGlinchey 3rd Brian Macklin
Elite 1st Colin Ross – Vitus Factory Racing 2nd Christopher McGlinchey – Chain Reaction Cycles 3rd Stephen McCormack – Gravity BC
Credit to:

Dont forget to get entered for iDMS Round FOUR

16th + 17th of August

Bree, Co. Wexford

You can enter here. http://crcidms.com/?p=760

Pre-Registration for CycloCross National Championships closes tomorrow at 10am

A friendly reminder to all those Riders interested in partaking in this Sunday’s Nation CycloCross Championships that pre-entry for Sunday’s race closes at 10 am tomorrow (Wednesday 9th of January)

You can pre-register here and get more information on the Event, Course and Venue here



Conor Farrell – Off-Road Commission Secretary





Team W.O.R.C. confirmed to run XC Nationals in Djouce woods, Co. Wicklow

Team W.O.R.C. have been confirmed to run XC Nationals in Djouce woods, Co. Wicklow on Sunday 22nd July.

More information will be published here as it is made available.

Please read this note from Cycling Ireland re; CI National Championships Procedure

Note that this event will be ONLINE REGISTRATION only.

The hosting club/offroad commission will provide Online Registration for the National Champs event.
Online Registration will open approx 4 weeks before the event, and will close 1 week before the event.

A minimum of 6 pre-registered riders per category is required in order for the category to be assigned a National Champs status.

After Online Registration closes, the hosting club will advise which of the provided categories it intends to provide as National Championship categories.

Important Notes:

You are NOT allowed to enter or register for a National Championship event under a One Day licence.

You are NOT allowed to enter or register for a National Championship event if you do not have an IRL UCI code designation on your licence.
(The UCI Code definitively advises a riders Nationality as submitted to the national federation).

A rider can change their UCI code, eg; GER to IRL, anytime during the year, providing passport proof is submitted and verified by CI, but, that rider will not be eligible to win a medal in a National Championships until the following year.


CI National Championships Procedures

Please see below news item from Cycling Ireland re; National Championships.

A further update will be issued upon the review of the submitted Offroad rules additions to the Cycling Ireland procedures.

National Championships Procedures

( Excluding Youth Championships)


1) Entries must close at least 7 days in advance.


2) Entries only accepted from those with an IRL code.


3) Minimum of 12 entries for event to go ahead, 6 for junior championships, with medals and championship jersey. In the case of team events e.g. team pursuit, then a minimum of 6 teams comprising riders from the same club / team must be entered. (see pt 5 below).


4) If less than 6 starters (individual or teams as referred to in 3 above) then whilst the event will still be a National Championship only the following awards will be made,


4 or 5 riders 1st and  2nd place medals only.

3 or less riders 1st place medal only

No jersey awarded in either of above.


5) If the discipline has less than 3 same discipline events promoted during that season then no jersey awarded. (e.g. hill climb)


6) For the podium ceremony only a presentation jersey will be used.


7) A rider can only be awarded one championship jersey in any one year.


8 ) A log to be maintained by the CI Logistics Officer of championship entries, number of starters etc.


9) Winner to contact CI Logistics Officer following the event to claim jersey if the appropriate criteria is satisfied.


10) Championship events with less than 6 entries or less than 6 starters for two consecutive years will be removed from the list of Championship events.


11) A written submission must be made by a commission to the Board for the reinstatement of a championship event or introduction of a new championship event.  Such a submission must be made prior to 31st December for inclusion in the following year’s list of events.


12) If accepted by the Board then such an event will be deemed to be a “demonstration” event.


13) The Board will appoint an observer to report on the “demonstration” event in order that a decision can be made as to the validity of the event to go forward as a championship event.

Tree Disease Risk Forces Cancellation of XC Nationals at Tollymore

Per a previous update posted here,  the tree-disease P. ramorum has shown a very significant risk of spreading to  Tollymore forest (advised by N.I. Forest Service), which would force cancellations of any events there this year.

Banbridge CC who were looking forward to hosting the event in July regret to advise this update, and have withdrawn from hosting the event in the hope that there will be time to find another club who can host the event.

No alternative venue was available to Banbridge CC unfortunately.

The Offroad Commission would like to invite submissions from clubs for the XC National Champs, please email offroad.commission@gmail.com.

XC Champs and XC Marathon Champs 2012 Confirmed

The Offroad Commission are pleased to announce that the 2012 XC Champs and XC Marathon Champs 2012 hosting clubs and locations have now been confirmed.

Banbridge CC will host the XC Champs in the excellent Tollymore venue, which was used in 2011 for a technical and fast-flowing round of the XC NPS.

Team Ballyhoura will host the XC Marathon Champs in the extremely popular Ballyhouras trail centre, which was also host to the 2011 XC Marathon Champs.

With the kind permission of the UCI, the date for the XC Marathon Champs this year has been pulled in to late August, in order to align better with the Irish XC race season, which in turn will result in larger race higher attendance and even more competition in the various categories, it may even mean that there’ll be warm sunshine all day!


A big thanks to Banbridge and Team Ballyhoura for stepping-up to organise these prestigious Irish XC racing events!


2011 XC Marathon Champs Sunday 18th Sep.

Reminder to all that the last XC event of the year is on Sunday 18th Sep!

Get yourselves down to Ballyhoura for one last great race before the end of the year!

Team Ballyhoura mountain biking club is proud to present the 2011 XC Marathon Championships on Sunday the 18th September 2011 in the Ballyhoura Mountains!
The Ballyhouras is home of the longest purpose built singletrack in Ireland, 90km of track built and managed by Coilte.
Team Ballyhoura have incorporated the best of this purpose built track and also some of the best natural trails and features this area has to offer.
Full details on the dedicated website here.
Online Registration here.
See who has already registered here.

Best of luck in the race!!

2011 Irish Downhill National Championships Preview

Nokia National Downhill MTB Championship 2011


On July 23/24, Epic DH & Flow Racing are teaming up with Nokia Ireland to bring you the biggest event on the Downhill calendar. The Nokia Irish Downhill National Championship will be held in the very fitting venue of Carrick Mountain, near the village of Glenealy in Co. Wicklow.

This venue is well known and liked and has been tried and tested at both NPS and Championship levels. It is without doubt one of the most demanding, yet fun tracks on the Downhill Circuit. Home to the National champs back in 2009, we are delighted to be bring the biggest downhill event of the year back to this truly deserving Championship track.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year Nokia have come on board not only to give each top rider a brand new nokia N8 jam-packed with exclusive champion content and apps; but to be the first to film the entire national championships using mobile phones. Nokia N8s are multitalented smartphones with an astonishing 12mpx Carl Zeiss Camera, HD video recording, HDMI out, Dolby Sound and Free Voice guided navigation, to name a few of its advanced features.

Nokia N8

More at http://www.nokia.ie/ie-en/products/phone/n8-00/
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2011 XC MTB National Championships

Team-Worc is proud to host the 2011 Irish XCMTB National Championships in the excellent setting of Killruddery demesne on Sunday 17th July.

Kilruddery Preview 1 from StuArt galloway on Vimeo.


You are NOT eligible for a Championship medal when racing under a One Day licence!


The following are the championship categories that have been confirmed as being run on the day:

  • Elite Men
  • Elite Women
  • Masters Men
  • Veterans Men
  • Junior Men


Please click this link in order to Register Online for this event


Back to a super fast and flowy course with the usual mix of fast singletrack, tough climbs, rock gardens and bombholes
We are working hard to improve what we have used in previous editions with some new twists.

We are running the following categories in line with the UCI MTB categories;
Elite Men, Elite Women, Master, Veteran, Junior.
This differs to the current NPS format due to current UCI category requirements, but we will run with Senior 3 and Senior 4 categories for people outside of the race distances of the championship categories.
The course should be about 20-22min for the elite riders which we aim to give the following laps:

Event Schedule


Under 8 and Under 10 11:00am

Race 1

12.00 Senior 3 Men & Senior 2 Women & Junior Women 3 laps
12.02 Senior 4 Men & Senior 3 Women 2 laps
12.04 Under 16 2 laps
12.08 Under 12/14 Alternative course

Race 2
14.00 Elite men 5 laps
14.02 Elite women 4 laps
14.04 Juniors 4 laps
14.06 Masters 4 laps
14.08 Veterans 4 laps

Online Registration will be available shortly and is mandatory for Race 2.
There will be no on the day entry for Race 2 categories!

We will accept on the day entries for Race 1 with a closing time of  11am (ie; 1 hour before Race 1 start).

More info:

On Sunday there will be a Clown doing face painting and balloon animals, plus gourmet coffee and Burgers from 10.00am.

Saturday pratice:

  • Gates will be open from 12:30 to 16:00. Please do not arrive before 12:30 as the gates will be shut and the roadway into Kilruddery is quite narrow. Sign on and number pick up will be available once the gates are open
  • Only riders who have recieved their number boards will be allowed on the Nationals Course and Helmets must be worn at all times
  • Bike Demo from 13:00, only on the demo loop.


  • Gates will Open at 09:00am
  • Number pick up and sign-on on from 9-11am
  • Kids Entertainment: 12-3pm

We will have some support from some of the cycle shops for our National Championships, some of them will be demo-ing their bikes on Saturday from 1.00 and Sunday morning.

We will have a nice loop to try them out on.
The following bike shops are scheduled to be present:

  • Cycle Inn [Ktm/Giant]
  • EuroCycles [Focus/Felt/Corratec]
  • Cycle Superstore [Lapierre]
  • Think Bike [Trek]
  • Bespoke Cycles
  • Chain Reaction Cycles should have there demo truck and demo bikes available
  • Piranha {Bike Wash/Bike Cleaning Products]


From Dublin/North-
Take the Bray South/Greystones exit off the n11 and follow directions for greystones.
DO NOT take the entrance to Killruddery house and gardens but continue taking the second exit off the next roundabout onto the r761 towards Greystones.
The race will be signposted off this road.

2011 XC National Champs Change of Venue

Please note that the 2011 XC National Champs (Sunday 17 July) will now be held in Kilruddery, Bray.
Kilruddery has been host to the XC Nationals and also to a round of the K-Capital Cup and has proved an excellent MTB racing venue.
Race organiser and chief trail-builder Robin Seymour advises that a lot of the existing trails are still intact and work will focus on optimising the current trails for fast and exciting racing.
This is a race definitely not to be missed!