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Second notification of the Off-road Commission’s AGM

This is the second notification of Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission Annual General Meeting (AGM).  This meeting will take place on Saturday 21 January 2017 – Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport.  Meet at 11:30 with start time at 12:00.
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iDMS Round FIVE | Online Entry Closes at Midnight.

The 2014 iDMS will close out with a bang with round FIVE at Carrick on the 27th & 28th of September and to make it even more worth while, were offering double points for the win!
Online entry closes for Round FIVE, Wednesday, the 24th of Sept at midnight!

You can check out who’s entered HERE

If you don’t see your name on the list, you can check and see if there is part of your registration to be competed HERE or contact IrishDownhill@Gmail.com to query your entry.

Carrick, Co. Wicklow | 27th + 28th of SeptemberENTER NOW

Carrick has been host to some great racing from a variety of host clubs. It is held high as one of the best courses in the country and should prove a fantastic venue to close out the series.

Timing will be Tag Heuer live timing, provided by Voilla Timing.

Medical cover in the form of ambulance on both days and an advanced roaming paramedic.

Catering will be available both days! Ulla & Kurt, aka “The Germans”, will be on site filling us with some of the best food you will find at any race along with fresh coffee, teas, soup.

On-the-day entries will be accepted but there will be a €10 surcharge so make sure you get entered before hand.

You must have your number board from the iDMS rounds, if you have competed already this year. Failure will result in needing a replacement board at a cost of €10.
New entries get a number board when signing on. The BLUE national championship number boards will not be accepted.
Your number MUST be legible, if your board’s numbers are not legible please speak to a member of the race organisers team.

Practicing the course prior to the event will lead to your disqualification if you are caught! There will be no bending of this rule. The venue at Carrick depends heavily on the kindness of the local residents, we must respect their privacy in the lead up to the event.

Online entry will close, Wednesday, the 24th of Sept at midnight.

Carrick, Co. Wicklow | 27th + 28th of SeptemberENTER NOW

Two of the local Glenealy lads – Rory O’Kelly and Roy Kenny – put this together for us. They have assured us they did not peek once and weren’t practicing the course.

That’s a joke, obviously, the guys at GravityBC.com asked them nicely to make this video for us!



08:30 – 13:00 Race registration.
09:30 Open practice for all riders.
16:00 Course Closed.
16:05 Riders’ meeting. (at organisers discretion)


08:30 – 13:00 Race registration.
09:00 Open practice for all.
11:00 Timed seeding run followed by one timed race run.
17:30 Last Elite racer down.
17:45 Podium


Carrick, Co. Wicklow | 27th + 28th of SeptemberENTER NOW

Gearing UP Off-Road | Instructor Course

The next Gearing Up Off-Road Instructor Course is been run this weekend the 20th/21st of September. Limited places left.

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The Gearing Up Off-Road instructor training is of two days duration.  Day 1, focuses on each of the sessions with time being spent on basic mountain biking techniques. The morning of Day 2 will provide the candidates with the opportunity to deliver a Gearing Up session to their course colleagues.  Candidates who do not hold a Mountain Bike leadership award will gain some basic leadership skills on the afternoon of Day 2.

The intention is to provide a basis for a limited range of leadership in a restricted location that has been previously risk assessed. This experiential section of the course is not intended as a substitute for a recognised Mountain Bike leadership award. The intention is to allow Gearing Up Instructors to include a ride as a part of each Gearing Up sessions.

On satisfactory completion of the Gearing Up instructors course, candidates will be able to operate as a Gearing Up Off-Road Provider running the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme and complete any administrative functions associated with the programme.


Individuals wishing to deliver the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme are required to hold a Cycling Ireland coaching qualification or a Mountain Biking Leadership qualification prior to attending training.
Where an individual attends and passes the Gearing Up Off-Road course with only a foundation coaching qualification they will be qualified to deliver the programme but only with a qualified Gearing Up Instructor who has a Level One or Leadership qualification. Therefore they can only Instruct on their own on completion of the Level One or Cycling Ireland Trail Cycle Leader course.

Individuals will be required to complete the Gearing Up Off-Road Instructors Course. This course consists of two days (16 hours) training. Upon successful completion of training and approval by Gearing Up Off-Road Tutor individuals will be qualified to deliver the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme.

Updated DH Series Standings

Following a few amendments, here are the standings for iDMS 2014.

Have a look and see how you are doing and what you need to do to steal the win! Or make sure you have a comfortable margin.

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Download the PDF file .

The 2014 iDMS will close out with a bang with round FIVE at Carrick on the 27th & 28th of September and to make it even more worth while, were offering double points for the final round!

Get yourself entered today!

You can check out who’s entered HERE
If you don’t see your name on the list, you can check and see if there is part of your registration to be competed HERE or contact irishdownhill@gmail.com to query your entry.

keep checking the CRCiDMS Website for more info.

Gearing Up Off- Road Mountain Bikers Instructor Courses


*****Gearing Up Off- Road Mountain Bikers Instructor Courses*****
**Ballyhoura, Co. Limerick – 20th/21st September 2014**
**Meelmore Lodge, Co. Down – 18th /19th October 2014**
**9am – 6pm both days ** €120 or £100**
*Pre-Requisite – CI coaching qualification or MBLA qualification*


If you are interested in attending this course please email for an application form to coaching@cyclingireland.ie

Places are limited to 10 participants. For more information please click on this link. www.cyclingireland.ie


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
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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

Upcoming MBLA (TCL) Courses

Cycling Ireland is delighted to introduce to you the NEW Mountain Bike Leaders Awards (MBLA) Scheme.  2012 will see Cycling Ireland offer a New Leadership Qualification in Mountain Biking in the form of a NEW Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Award.  Please find below details of upcoming Trail Cycle Leader Course (TCL);


Cycling Ireland MBLA Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Courses

Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Date:  20th and 21st of October 2012

Venue:  Roundwood Parish Centre, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 7pm

Tutor:  Tarja Owens


Roundwood, Co. Wickow

Date:  10th and 11th of November 2012

Venue:  Roundwood Parish Centre, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 7pm

Tutor:  Tarja Owens


Newcastle Co. Down

Date:  10th and 11th of November

Venue:  Meelmore Lodge, 52 Trassey Rd, Newcastle, BT33 0QB

Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 7pm

Tutor:  Ian Bailey

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New Dates for MBLA Courses

Cycling Ireland is delighted to introduce to you the NEW Mountain Bike Leaders Awards (MBLA) Scheme.  2012 will see Cycling Ireland offer a New Leadership Qualification in Mountain Biking in the form of a NEW Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Award.  Please find below details of upcoming Trail Cycle Leader Courses (TCL).


Cycling Ireland MBLA Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Courses

Date:  14th and 15th of July
Venue:  Meelmore Lodge, 52 Trassey Road, Newcastle, Down, BT33 0QB
Saturday and Sunday:  9am till 7pm

Date:  15th and 16th of September
Venue:  North of Ireland, Venue, TBC
Saturday and Sunday:  9am till 7pm

About the Cycling Ireland MBLA Scheme

The Mountain Bike Leader Awards (MBLA) was developed by Scottish Cycling (SC) in conjunction with the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE) in order to provide a framework and qualification for leaders to deliver mountain biking as a safe and enjoyable activity. The MBLA Scheme facilitates a non-competitive experience of mountain biking for groups of people with wide ranging abilities and aspirations. MBLA encourages participation in mountain biking through group led activities. Continue reading New Dates for MBLA Courses

2012 Cycling Ireland Fees

The various fees for 2012 have been published by Cycling Ireland
The fees document can be viewed HERE

Fees include such aspects as

  • Member licence fees
  • Day Licence fees
  • Club affiliation fees
  • Championship fees
  • Letter of indemnity fee
1. Restricted Competition refers to Track, Off-road, BMX, Bicycle Polo or TT specific domestic licences.
2. “Attached” refers to being a member of a Cycling Ireland affiliated club, “Unattached” refers to not 
being a member of a Cycling Ireland affiliated club;
3. Members are advised that Provincial Executives set their own levies.
4. Exchange rate to be used for sterling will be the average for the year to 31st October 2011.
The main changes from the 2011 fees are:
A €5 increase on all Senior Licences.   The rationale for these increases is primarily the need to cover the 
base costs of serving members and provided new services/facilities, by way of example insurance costs 
alone have increased from €93k in 2010 to €140k in 2011
That the club sponsorship fee is removed as it is a penalty on clubs who have used their initiative to raise 
funds, other affiliation fees to remain unchanged.
For 2012 Juniors will be categorized separately, with JR in their licence (if they take out a full competition