2023 sees the second year of the National Cyclo-cross Series. This year there will be 6 rounds. Each round will be held on one day. It is expected that the course will be available for practice on the day before each race. The series will be overseen by the Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission (CIORC).
The dates for this year’s competition are shown in the table below.
|1||Sun 17 Sept||Ulster||VC Glendale||Falls Park, Belfast|
|2||Sat/Sun 14/15 Oct||Munster||Clonmel CC||Clonmel|
|3||Sun 22 Oct||Connacht||Westport Covey Wheelers||Westport|
|4||Sun 12 Nov||Munster||Upperchurch Drombane CC||Drombane, Thurles, Co Tipp|
|5||Sat 30 Dec||Leinster||Bellurgan Wheelers||McCrystal Track, Co. Louth|
|6||Sun 7 Jan||Leinster||Team WORC||tbc|
For the national series, all 6 rounds will count. Riders in categories Under 14, Under 16, Women, Senior men, M40, M50 and M60s will be part of the series.
Within the Women’s race the sub category of Masters Women will be identified on the results. This should then match the current medal categories for the national championships.
Host clubs can have an adult Support race as well as races for Under 6s, Under 8s, Under 10s and Under 12s. These won’t count towards the national series.
For the National Series events, the Support race is for those with mountain bikes or gravel bikes with tires greater than 33 mm wide.
|09:00||Course open for practice||09:45|
|09:50||Under 6s fun race||09:55|
|11:00||Prize giving for U8, U10, U12|
|11:00||Course open for practice||11:20|
|11:20||Call up Women, U16, U14||11:30|
|11:30||Race Women, U16, U14||12:25|
|12:25||Prize giving for Women, U16, U14|
|12:25||Course open for practice||12:45|
|12:45||Call up for Junior, M50s, M60s, Support race||12:55|
|12:55||Junior, M50s, M60s, Support race||13:45|
|13:45||Prize giving Junior, M50s, M60s, B' race|
|13:45||Course open for practice||14:05|
|14:05||Call up for Senior, M40s||14:15|
|15:15||Prize giving for Senior and M40s|
Standard fees for the series will be
Adults – €20 / £17
Juniors – €15 / £13
Under 14/Under 16 – €10 / £8.50
Under 12/Under 10/Under 8 – €5 / £4
Under 6s – €1 / £1
On top of this will be the Eventmaster fee.
Top 3 riders in each of the following categories will receive a National CX Series award.
• Under 14 boys
• Under 14 girls
• Under 16 boys
• Under 16 girls
• Women [top 3 Junior, top 3 senior and top 3 master]
There will also be support races for Under 6s, Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 12s and a Support race (mountain bike, gravel bikes?).
Gridding for Rounds 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be based on UCI points and then points from the overall series. Round 1 would only be based on UCI points.
Age categories for cyclo-cross 2023-2024
|Age category||Year of birth|
|Under 8s||2016, 2017, 2018 etc.|
National Cyclo-cross Championships
The national series will count towards the gridding for the national cyclo-cross championships, along with the results from the provincial cyclo-cross championships.