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2014 Irish Downhill National Championships

Powered by Chain Reaction Cycles & Newry & Mourne District Council

Sponsored by: Acti-Snack, East Coast Adventure, Erdinger, FirstTracksMTB.com, Fit Chef, Muc-Off & Think Studio

Date: 19/20th July 2014

Location: Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co Down.

The 2014 Irish National Downhill Championships is set to become bigger and better than ever before at Rostrevor. Following on from a very successful IDMS in March the organisers have taken the feedback from the riders and a few big changes are in store. It’s all about rider experience and a track that is worthy of a National Champion. More natural trail has been introduced along with the best sections of ‘On the Pulse’ and some jumps thrown in for some air time. There will be no course preview video as most of the track does not exist yet and it will NOT be open for practice until the weekend of the event to give riders a level playing field. We will be regularly be posting pictures on our Facebook pages to keep riders updated on progress.

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Kilbroney Park is situated half a mile outside Rostrevor village. From Newry take the A2 for approximately 9 miles. From Belfast (1hr) take the M1/A1 to Newry before taking the A2 via Warrenpoint. From Dublin (1.5hrs) take the M1/N1 to Newry before taking the A2 via Warrenpoint.

Postcode- BT34 3AA

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All competitors must use the ‘Mountainbike’ car park that is situated 200m on your left after entering Kilbroney Park.

Where to stay:
Camping is permitted for competitors on Friday/Saturday night only at the Mountainbike carpark. Extra staff will be put on during the weekend to accommodate this occasion. Can we please ask competitors to keep the noise to a minimum and respect nearby residents and other park users. No open camp fires are permitted, however disposable bbq’s are allowed. Please place tents on the grass behind the car park – NOT in the Car Park. There will be no electric/ water, but portaloos will be supplied. Please do not use up more space than needed.

For other accommodation- VisitNewryandMourne.com/accommodation

Race village:
Situated at the Mountainbike car park. Registration, catering, mechanics and various stalls.

(Please note in particular the underage armour rule) on the Rules page

Fit Chef will be supplying hot food and beverages at the Race village and also the Kilbroney cafe situated at the main car park is open all weekend. There are a variety of cafes and restaurants in the area and there is a Spar shop in the village.

First aid:
There will be a fixed First aid point situated at the bottom of the course and a crew on course. Please contact a marshal if you need assistance.


0900 -1400 registration

0930 – 1600 practice


0900-1100 registration

0900-1045 practice (full runs only)

1100 seeding run followed by race run

1700 (approx) prize giving

Course description:
High on the steep slopes of Slievebane a new start will be cut into the side of the mountain. The roll in gets riders up to speed fast before hitting the first set of doubles. After this a berm will catch riders before dropping down into a very steep left with a catch berm at the bottom. From here it will be very technical with roots and stumps to catch riders out and a few more turns before joining the IDMS#1 track at the first hip jump. From here it follows the trail with a drop off and some tight technical corners. Heading down the steep shoot before the first fire road crossing the tracks goes right and jumps down into the woods. A few corners and a steep loose rocky shoot brings riders on to ‘On the Pulse for a couple of high speed bermed corners before heading back into the technical stuff. At the second fire road crossing riders hang right and drop into some natural challenging corners before joining ‘On the Pulse’ for its best bits. From here its berms and rock gardens until riders are met with their adoring and roaring fans at ‘Hecklers Rock’. Full throttle for the next straight as riders hit rock gardens, steps and doubles for the big dogs. Then it joins ‘Mega Mission’ for the last table top and finishes as fast riders double the last few rollers.


Juvenile 13/14

Youth 15/16

Junior 17/18

Sport 19+

Senior 19+

Elite 19+

Masters 30-39

Veterans 40-49

Super Veterans 50+

Junior women 13-18

Senior women 19+

All women will be put in the same category on the day if numbers are low.
To calculate the category you are in simply subtract the year you were born from 2014

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To be awarded a podium position in the National Championships riders must have a UCI IRL code on their license and must also be current Cycling Ireland members (or a member of another UCI affiliated organisation) and hold an appropriate license for the discipline in which they are competing.

Day licences are available at the event and cost £18 or €20. These are for those wishing to compete in the “Open Champs” – not the National Champs as outlined above.

Bike wash located in the main car park and tokens can be purchased in the office under the cafe.