Over the last number of weeks, the Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission has been engaging with event organisers and the Sport Ireland Expert Group, through Cycling Ireland, towards securing suitable and approved arrangements for the Provincial and National Cyclo-Cross Championships.
This included the Commission making adjustments to the calendar to reduce the amount of movement by people and ensured commitment from event organisers on implementing the Covid-19 protocols for their events.
Continue reading Provincial and National CX championships not going ahead and no Worlds team
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission, in consulation with the host clubs, has made the decision to postpone the provincial cyclo-cross championships from Sunday 6 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021.
Connacht: Hosted by: Westport Covey Wheelers – Venue: Westport
Leinster: Hosted by: Biking.ie – Venue: TBC
Munster : Hosted by: Greenmount CC – Venue: Limerick Race Course
Ulster : Hosted by: Island Wheelers – Venue: Windmill Park, Dungannon
The National Cyclo-cross championships are due to take place on 9/10 January 2020 at Palace Demense in Armagh hosted by Square Wheels (as of the date of this announcement).
The scheduled date for the provincials was felt to be too close to the lifting (hopefully) of restrictions and moving the date closer to the national championships would better prepare riders. Naturally, with the ongoing pandemic, these dates may have to be changed.
A tough weekend of racing at the World Cyclocross Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland (1-2 Feb 2020).
In the Junior Women’s race Lucy O’Donnell finished 26/46 with Roisin Lally 43/46
In the Junior Men’s race Darren Raffery finished 42/64
In the Under 23 Men’s race David Conroy finished 49/50
FROM CYCLO-CROSS CO-ORDINATOR PAUL BIRCHALL
“The ruts have filled in, the bridges are gone and the aircraft are in the air again at Dübendorf, Switzerland. They Irish Team and Supporters have left their marks on the World Champs stage. Well done to everyone involved, most of all to the riders who made us so proud of where we come from David Conroy, Lucy O’Donnell, Roisin Lally and Darren Rafferty. 2020 promises to be an even bigger year for Irish CX.
Thanks Djouceman for the video here“
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission has selected 4 riders to compete at the 2020 World Cyclocross Championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland (1-2 Feb 2020).
Darren Rafferty (Junior men)
Lucy O’Donnell (Junior women)
Roisin Lally (Junior women)
David Conroy (U23 men)
We wish the team success. You can see the race schedule on the event website here
Sunday 12 January 2020 was day two of the Cycling Ireland National Cyclo-cross Championships hosted by Ballina Cycling Club at Enniscrone in County Sligo. A fine day with clear blue skies and winter sun. Conditions were still very muddy underfoot with lots of running required to get around the course.
There were four races today:
Race 1 was for the Junior men
Race 2 was for the Masters men (M40, M50 and M60)
Race 3 was for the Women (Seniors and Masters)
Race 4 was for the Senior men
There was a period of practice time before each race and an award ceremony immediately after each race.
Continue reading Super action at Day 2 of the 2020 National Cyclo-cross championships
The 2020 National Cyclo-cross championships kicked off with the Youth championships on Saturday 11 January at a great site at Enniscrone in County Sligo. Host club Ballina CC have been hard at work created a great course using the many grass banks. The course was held around the edges of a wide expanse of grass with historic monuments on the top of the hills. Spectators were able to see almost all of othe course from one vantage point. However, the night before the race took place there was torrential rain which turned a great riding course into a very muddy one. On race day there was light rain to start but it did dry up to leave a mild day.
Continue reading Exciting racing at the Youth National Championships in Co. Sligo
The 2020 Irish National Youth Cyclo-cross Championships and the Irish National Junior/Senior/Masters Championships are both being held at Castlefield, Enniscrone, County Sligo. The Youth Championships are on Saturday 11 January 2020 and the Junior/Senior/Masters Championships are being held on the Sunday 12 January. Both events are being hosted by Ballina Cycling Club. There are non-championship youth support races on the Saturday as well. 2020 licences are required and entry is via the Cycling Ireland Azolve portal. Registration closes on Sunday 5 January 2020.
A technical guide for the event is given here.
Gridding list – here
A list of entries to date – here
If you are having trouble registering for the nationals, review the following check list
a) are you registering before the cut off date (Sunday 6 January 2020)? If yes,
b) have you got a 2020 competition licence from Cycling Ireland? If yes,
c) has your licence got “IRELAND” as your nationality? If yes,
d) are you registered under your own account on the Cycling Ireland website? [Parents: if you are looking to register your child in the race, you must log in using their account]
For those in a Cycling Ireland registered club, you can ask your club secretary to register you for the event.
If the above does not solve your problem please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A team of four junior riders were selected for last weekend’s European Cyclocross Championships in Silvelle, Italy. The young team, all participating in their first major cyclocross event, were Roisin Lally, Darcey Harkenss (Junior women) and Ciaran Dixon and Darren Rafferty (Junior men).
Continue reading Mucky conditions at the European Cyclo-cross Championships
Best of luck to the Irish team who are out at the European Cyclo-cross championships which are taking place in Silvelle, Italy. Competing are: Junior men – Darren Rafferty and Ciaran Dixon, Junior women – Darcey Harkness and Roisin Lally with Team Manager Andy Layhe.
Continue reading Team Ireland at European Cyclo-cross championships
The Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission is seeking expressions of interest from Junior male and Junior female riders to compete in the 2019 European Cyclo-cross Championships which are being held in Silvelle, Italy 9-10 November 2019. (Event website)
A maximum of four riders would be sent to the event (less if riders do not meet the criteria) along with support staff.
Continue reading CX – Expression of interest – European Championships