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Round THREE of the UCI DH World Cup & the Irish.

Round THREE of the UCI DH World Cup was in Fort William, UK at the weekend.

Elite Men – Results

Rank Name   Result
1 Troy BROSNAN 4:36.580
2 Samuel HILL 4:38.239
3 Danny HART 4:38.656
4 Aaron GWIN 4:39.096
5 Gee ATHERTON 4:39.722

Full Mens Elite Results – here on the UCI website.

Full Junior Men Results – here on the UCI website.

Elite Women – Results

Rank Name   Result
1 Emmeline RAGOT 5:12.624
2 Myriam NICOLE 5:21.334
3 Tracey HANNAH 5:26.600
4 Emilie SIEGENTHALER 5:31.191
5 Jill KINTNER 5:35.618

Full Womens Elite Results – here on the UCI website

You can watch the 2 hours & 12 minutes On Demand replay of the RedBull live coverage here.

Here’s some qualifying highlights.

How our lads fared.

Dan qualified for the final with his qualifying run putting him into 63rd. Dan then finished 61st in the final, he improved slightly on his qualifying run time.

Orange Dirt World Team rider Jacob Dickson finished fantastically in the Juniors category with a final position of 17th. This was Jacobs first World Cup and he is only going from strength to strength!

Chris & Seanan both finished their qualifying runs but were unable to secure a place in the final.

Unfortunately, Kelan had mechanical issues and did not finish his qualifying run.

Elite Men

Rank Name Result
61 Dan SHERIDAN 5:00.576
93 Christopher MCGLINCHEY 5:05.713
122 Seanan O’RIORDAN 5:11.681


Junior Men

Rank Name Result
17 Jacob DICKSON 5:06.53

You can follow Dan & Kipper on the rest of their world race adventure at the Nukeproof Junior Team Page Facebook/NukeproofJuniorTeam.

Keep up to date with Jacob Dickson and the rest of the Orange Dirt World Team headed by Ben Reid on their page Facebook/OrangeDirtWorldTeam.

Best of luck to all of the Irish Downhill riders competing in the next round of the UCI World Cup in Leogang, Austria next weekend.
Keep it lit!

iDMS Round Three | Cancelled

Firstly, apologies for such delays in informing you all of what the h*** is going on. We have been trying to secure a venue for round 3 on the 24th / 25th of May.

Unfortunately, any options for holding the race have not come to fruition and so, with less than 2 weeks to the date. Round three of the iDMS will have to be cancelled.

We would like to offer sincere apologies but please understand that every effort has been made in an attempt to avoid cancellation.

It’s not all bad! There is some great news on the horizon for our Downhill National Championships in July. Stay tuned for some great news in the coming weeks.

FlexoMedia’s Coverage from Round TWO of the iDMS

Check out FlexoMedia’s great edit from the second round of the iDMS near Mallow.
Have a happy, bicycle filled, weekend!

iDMS Round TWO | Results

Here’s the results from Round TWO of the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series on Mt. Hillary near Mallow, Co. Cork.

Results by Category

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Overall Results

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Thanks to all the competitors, helpers and whoever paid off mother nature! Full report along with FlexoMedia’s coverage to follow soon.

iDMS Round THREE | Postponed


It has now come time for me to inform you all of some sad news, I’m afraid.

Farymount Farm MTB have had to postpone their round of the iDMS in May as they will not have their grounds ready on time, they fear. It is likely that they will take up the running of Round FIVE in September, but this is yet to be finalised. Stay tuned!

Talks have been had with Coillte already in resolving a suitable venue for the event to go ahead and news of that will follow as soon as I learn it. It will however, then be neccessary to find a suitable club to run the event. It’s not hard to do but time is short!

I need to know what clubs are willing to and able to run races. If you are in a position to offer your clubs services to run races, or even if you want to discuss what those requirements are, now is the time to make contact. eMail me HERE


In the mean time, don’t forget to get your entry in for Round TWO in Mallow. Entries will remain open for another week, but will cut off at midnight on Thursday the 17th April.

Mallow, Co. Cork | 19th + 20th of AprilENTER NOW

2014 iDMS Dates and Venues.

Hello and welcome to another edition of Save the Date!

 The 2014 iDMS is shaping up to be an exciting year.
So far we have secured a number of venues and dates for five rounds
and our National Championships





Rostrevor, Co. Down.

March 8th & 9th

Round TWO

Mallow, Co. Cork.

April 19th & 20th



May 24th & 25th

Round FOUR

Bree, Co Wexford.

August 16th & 17th

Round FIVE


September 27th & 28th





Rostrevor, Co Down

July 19th & 20th

Information on the 5th and final round of the iDMS will be available in the coming weeks.

Details on our National Championships will follow shortly.

So there you have it. Keep tuned in to and like us on

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If you have any queries about the series, or would like to help out the series then
drop me an email by clicking HERE!

Prizes, the AGM, BMX-ing and cake, I have been told!

This is a general notice about Prizes and Prize Givings and AGM’s and all other things you need to be at, or don’t, depending on who you are and or how much you care..

There will be an AGM this coming Saturday, the 19th of October. This is the Off-road Cycling Ireland AGM. There, we will discuss such things as; how the season went last year, how we would like the season to go for next year, the people that we would like to have representin’ us in making decisions that affect us along with what those decisions might potentially be..
You need to be a member of Cycling Ireland to have your say and have your club delegate speak for you and your club, talk to your club officials and work out your opinions NOW..

If you cycled your bike quickly enough and kept it between the tape, you’re due a medal or a trophy or a jersey for your accomplishments, along with the finest pat on the back and jealousy from all your peers.

If you hold a current (2013) Cycling Ireland license, within a UCI ranked category (Elite, Master, Junior and Veteran Categories, I think..) Then your Championship Medal and your National Champion Jersey will be awarded at the Cycling Ireland Awards Night on the 2nd of November.
If you are one of these people, you will be notified by Cycling Ireland so stay frosty and keep calm!

If you competed in your national points series, the IDMS, and have finished within the top 5 in your category then you should get your fine self along to the AGM this coming Saturday, the 19th of October, for after the AGM there will be prize givings for the Downhill and Cross Country Series winners.

The BMX trophies / plates will be handed out on Sunday, the 20th of Oct. after the last National (NPS) Race in Cherry Orchard (DC BMX).

If you didn’t win, don’t be a sour sam about it! Get yourself along and show some support.

Here are some links for you to click on..
Information on the AGM
Location of Roundwood, where the A G M is.
Location of the AWARDS NIGHT
Tickets for dinner at the AWARDS NIGHT There is a Prosecco reception.. lets wreck the place ;)
Info on the BMX NPS Final Race

Race Coverage from iDMS Round One in Mallow

Flexo Media Race Coverage

2013 iDMS Round 1 from FlexoMedia on Vimeo.

And Here We GO!!! Chain Reaction Cycles Irish Downhill Mountainbike Series 2013 Round 1 Mt Hillary.

Tommy McCoy Leading the train BOOM Photo: Owen Franssen

Tommy McCoy Leading the train BOOM Photo: Owen Franssen

After a winter of planning and scheming with all parties involved we ended up in Mt Hillary near Mallow for Round 1 for Round 1 of the 2013 CRC IDMS being hosted by the 021Racing Club on what could be the best Downhnill Course in the country which was Primed and ready after some trojan work by the Trail fairies after 6 years out of action, few rocks, Ok a LOT of rocks here and there, bit of Gravel here to carry speed and cut back the brush there and she’s alive again.

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as any Trail Builder knows its never that easy but the 2 training days held in the venue over the winter showed the weak points and they were promptly touched up. back to the race and despite the mercury dipping to -4 in the morning Saturday turned out to be a cracker, Blue Skies and sun, no wind and a track running super fast after the last week of dry weather.
so fast the Riders who had been used to the track in the wet after the training days had to readjust fast to coming into stuff a whole lot faster than expected resulting in some tree hugging antics on the first few corners.
the track itself could be best described as split into 4 sections, first woods being fast and flowey not too technical but still requiring some creative lines on some corners, into the second woods and it got a bit nastier with nice big stumps and roots everywhere to catch ya and spit of off line, out of that,small sprint down the fire road (or sit and shake the hands out if there already suffering from arm pump) and into the open section of about 150 meters of a rock and root garden that fully tested any damping in the forks from there into the gully which wasn’t much smoother but come race time got a bit hairy with the clouds and rain finally arriving making the clay soil a bit like ice in places. get through that and a few more tight switchbacks and your spat out into the final fire road spring to kill the legs, best time was 2.48 which is a good bit longer than any DH raced in recent years in Ireland so a lot of people got a wake up call I think.

Conor Bate on his way to the Win Photo, Martin Crowley

Conor Bate on his way to the Win Photo, Martin Crowley

onto the racing and in the Juveniles Kyle O’Connor came in 3rd place, Ollie Cornforth showed whats he’s capable of with a good second place but was just pipped to the win by Conor Bate who came in with a great time of 3.21.


luke cornforth and his crazy double Photo: GrRANA energy

luke cornforth and his crazy double Photo: GrRANA energy

in the Youth it was last years National Champ Tommy O’Sullivan from Killarney taking 3rd place behind Nukeproof’s Ben Kennedy but it was Luke Cornforth taking the win on a borrowed bike with a time of 3.05.

Tara O'Boyle on her way to the win

Tara O’Boyle on her way to the win Photo: Martin Crowley

Next up was the Women’s Class which again was underrepresented but Sacha Bickerstaff and Tara O’Boyle took on the challenge and gave it socks, Tara took the win despite being very worried pre race about her young competitors pace.
in the Super Vets it was Chain Reaction Cycles Derek Cowan taking 3rd place behind MBCC’s Pat Hurley and and Team Ballyhoura’s Joe Bergin taking a well deserved win.
onto the young lads in Vets and it was the flying welshman Gary Williams in 3rd place after an Interesting run, 2nd went to 021 racing’s Darrell McGrath in his first race in Vets but the convincing win went to Chain Reactions Ian McIntyre with a time of 3.18

Steve Jamison followed by Ian Mac and Dale McMullen the Gully Section

Steve Jamison followed by Ian Mac and Dale McMullen the Gully Section

in the masters it was Steven Jamison taking 3rd place behind Tomel Panszczyk but it was another win for Chain Reaction with Dale McMullen taking the win by 2.5seconds with a time of 3.09.
next up was the Sports class where Mark Morris From Bree Racing took 3rd place, Darren Stanley took 2nd place and the win went to Stephen Kelly.

Michael Lee on his way to winning Seniors Photo;GrRANA energy

Michael Lee on his way to winning Seniors Photo;GrRANA energy

In the seniors it was Bree Racings Bobby St Ledger on that day Glow Identiti taking 2rd place, Cian Clarke from North West MTB taking 2nd and the win went to Michael Lee by just .41 of a second with another 3.18.2

Junior Podium

Junior Podium

in the Juniors it was Gravity BC’s Scott Marshall taking 3rd place behind Green Bike’s Thomas McCoy and on top of the box for his First win was 021Racings Alan Conolly with a 3.09.

Philip Atwill on his way to the win Photo: GrRANA energy

Philip Atwill on his way to the win Photo: GrRANA energy

now onto the big boys in Elite where Colin Ross decided not to jump to masters and keep the young lads honest and proved his pace with a 2.52, good enough for 3rd on the day. Second place went to last years National Champ Ewan Doherty with a 2.50 but the win went to the raiding party from Team Madison/Saracen’s Philip Atwill who took the win by 1.66 seconds with a time of 2.48.


Kyle Styling it for the camera’s

as for the craic and scandal, who left with a win but with a crushed helmet after leaving it UNDER the van on the way home, how amazing was the feeling when you nailed the open section fast on Saturday in the dust, yes DUST at an Irish Race! how sickening was it for the junior rider who got to the start for the race run only to find a slow puncture had him snookered. how crazy was Cam’s Hat on Sunday, think it properly scared some riders! how nice was it to leave the site on Saturday with all your gear still clean and good to go for Sunday,.

full results are here >

the Next round of the IDMS is on in Rostrevor Co Down on the long weekend of May 4/5th on the new trail centre DH track which is Currently being Built which looks savage, Bring it on!!!

2013 Winter League ¦ Fairymount Farm ¦ Race Report

This year the Irish winter series has been moved south from its traditional home up north with new venues added but it still gives new riders a taste of Downhill racing without the pressure of the full iDMS experience and for the seasoned riders, it serves as a way to show who has been putting in the hours over the off season and who has been putting in the pies.

With the first race of the two race series held last Sunday, at a new venue on the race calender and one we will be returning to on a regular basis, Fairymount Farm just outside Roscrea, the track DH2 has been in action since last summer and has had a LOT of weather proofing over the winter in preparation which, given the wet weather, ended up with a hardpack base covered by a nice layer of greasy mud which on race day was drying and getting tackier by the minute, on any small hill there was always going to be a lot of pedaling to be done to get a good time, the Key was quite simply rail the berms, keep it smooth and sprint out of everything resulting in a lot of tired looking bodies crossing the Finish line.

To the racing! It was the Juveniles off first. Gerard Walshe taking 3rd behind the youngest of the Cornforth clan, Ollie Cornforth, bagging himself a good 2nd place, but the race win went to a flying Conor Bate.

Next up was the Youth class, which had a strange look to it with Jacob Dickson a no show and Luke Cornforth off form only getting himself a 4th place, 3rd went to Luc Hannnah, 2nd to Daniel Priestly and the win by a good margin to the tank that is Ben Kennedy on his Nukeproof Mega, which was notably the only class to have an Enduro bike win despite the speculation they might be faster.

In the Super Vets it was Tony marshal taking 2nd with Ballyhoura MTB’s Joe Bergin taking his First win.The Vets saw Cregor himself, Craig Elliot taking 3rd, the track builder and Organiser in Cheif Gerry Grimes took time out to  get a race run in and bagged himself a 2nd place with the flying Welshman Gary Williams taking the win.

Onto the new lads in Sports it was Michael Ryan in 3rd, Barry Travers 2nd and Rob Quinn taking the win and promoting himself to the Senior Class in the Process.

Speaking of seniors it was Shane Doolin taking 3rd, Bree MTB’s Bobby St Ledger 2nd and Colin O’Leary taking the spoils

The Masters was to be a case of rebel domination with the Big Man, Richard Thornhill taking 3rd place, his 021racing  teammate Wesley O’Connor in 2nd and Rory O’Keefe taking the win, showing last year’s efforts in running the series hasn’t slowed him down, to make it a 021racing podium.

In the juniors it was Green Bikes, Tommy McCoy taking 3rd, last year revelation Stephen McCormack taking 2nd on is small bike and Ben Irwin taking the win on his V10 in style

As for the big boys in Elites. It was tight at the top with 3 riders on the same second, Dan Sheridan was the loser in that battle, being pushed into 4th place and only losing out by .5 of a second from Gavin Kelly in 3rd and Rob Davis in 2nd and the win goingt to Christopher Kipper McGlinchy on his Nueproof Scalp but just .6 of a second ahead. So the top 4 riders were within 1.2 seconds, a sign of some good racing to come we hope.

The quotes and craic winner, for me had to be “There Still Coming” from the staff in the fast food restaurant in Roscrea with a room full of Downhillers and more still arriving, the chant of “Ricardo, Ricardo” had me puzzled as well, how scary are the beeps at the start line,  always gets you no matter how long your racing, how annoying was it for the 2 Youth riders who got no seeding run because they  didn’t have the full body armor on. Who said the Enduro Bikes were faster up there? It’s not the biggest of hills but as the results showed you’re still faster on a Proper Downhill bike, even more so on the rougher more gravity fed tracks to come.

Finally, a huge thanks to the lads at fairymount for the amount of effort and work that went into the track and the setup in Fairymount, well done to Gerry Grimes and John Kennny for all their effort there. Stay tuned for news on Round Two in Bree on March 10th. and dont forget to get your entries in. HERE