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2014 iDMS Round FIVE | Carrick Mountain, Co. Wicklow

Gravity BC and the iDMS are delighted to announce that the fifth and final round of the 2014 iDMS will be held in Carrick, Co. Wicklow.

27th & 28th of September

More info and online entires to follow shortly.

Here are some videos for your Friday to get ya in the mood!

2012 iDMS round FlexoMedia Coverage.

CregorNews headcam run, what a finish!

thank you, blackfalcon01

Here’s one from the champs in 2011!

thank you, cheasyrider

Part 1 and 2 of coverage from the 2010 NPS race in Carrick.


Good stuff from TheDave223</>

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

Check out Flexo Media’s Page Facebook.com/FlexoMedia.ie and Dermott Sweeney Photos on Facebook and keep your eyes on crcidms.com for all the info on the next round in Bree, Co. Wexford on Aug 16th & 17th.

2014 Irish National Champions

The 2014 Irish Downhill National Championships results are in..

What a weekend!! Well done to all who competed.

2014 Mens National Irish National Champions.
left to right: Ian McIntyre, Veteran; Glyn O’Brien, Master; Colin Ross, Elite; Jacob Dickson; Junior.

National Championship Titles have been awarded to the following:
Elite Men | 1st – Colin Ross, 2nd – Christopher McGlinchey, 3rd – Stephen McCormack
Master Men | 1st – Glyn O’Brien, 2nd – Dave Egan, 3rd – Ian Coates
Veteran Men | 1st – Ian McIntyre, 2nd – Joe Ward, 3rd – Stephen Davidson
Junior Men | 1st – Jacob Dickson, 2nd – Brian Macklin, 3rd – Dan Priestley

Elite Women | 1st – Tara O’Boyle
Junior Women | 1st – Sasha Bickerstaff

Juvenile | 1st – Ronan Gahan, 2nd – Liam Wolfe, 3rd – Joseph O’Boyle
Youth | 1st – Jack Crowley, 2nd – Conor Bate, 3rd – Jack Devlin

Full list of 2014 National Downhill Championships Results.

View in a new window by clicking here.

Download the PDF file .

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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Facebook-
Facebook/RaceMountainBikeNI , Facebook/FirstTracksMTB.com or Facebook/IrishDownhill

Directions:
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

Google map-

http://goo.gl/maps/Ga1oX

Parking:
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.

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

Catering:
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.

Schedule:
Saturday-

0900 -1400 registration

0930 – 1600 practice

Sunday-

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.

Categories:

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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General:
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.

This just in, the National Champs Course Description.

2014 Irish Champs Track Description

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The track for 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.

picture

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.

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Thanks Dermott Sweeney Photography for the photos.

Entries and full race preview to follow shortly.

2014 Irish Downhill National Championships

The iDMS is delighted to officially announce that the 2014 iRISH DOWNHiLL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS is to be held in Rostrevor, Co. Down.

Glyn and Catherine from FirstTracksMTB.com has been working hard with the Chainreaction Cycles club and Newry and Mourne District Council to secure what is shaping up to be a fantastic event with another new start to the track, which will prove well worthy of our national champion!

Camping will be included & Uplifts will be provided by East Coast Adventures and additional tractors and trailers.

Here’s the footage from Round ONE of the iDMS Series filmed by Ronan aka FlexoMedia to get you in the mood!

Entries will open shortly and a full track description will be online soon!
Stay tuned.

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!

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

What

Where

When

RoundONE

Rostrevor, Co. Down.

March 8th & 9th

Round TWO

Mallow, Co. Cork.

April 19th & 20th

Round THREE

CANCELLED

May 24th & 25th

Round FOUR

Bree, Co Wexford.

August 16th & 17th

Round FIVE

TBA

September 27th & 28th

 

 

 

NATIONAL CHAMPS

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 www.crcidms.com 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

The 2013 Cycling Ireland Awards Night

What: The 2013 Cycling Ireland Awards Night
Where: O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2
When: 2nd November – 7pm
Location: Alexander Hotel Location

The 2013 Cycling Ireland Awards Night will take place on the 2nd of November in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel in Dublin city centre. As this is the 25th anniversary if the federation, we want to make this evening as special as possible, as see as many members as possible along for the evening.

Throughout the evening national medalists will be presented with their medals, and the recipients of the Members Awards will be announced. To celebrate the 25 year anniversary, the new Cycling Ireland Hall of Fame members will be unveiled on the night.

CEO of Cycling Ireland Geoff Liffey said “It’s been a fantastic year for Irish cycling, with really positive performances from riders across the board. Cycling is currently at an all-time high, with participation in the sport continuing to boom. We also have cyclists back on the podium at the world level which is leading to an increased profile for the sport in Ireland. It’s a pleasure to be able to host an event where past and current cycling stars are present, and we are inviting people to come and join in this celebration.”

Tickets for the dinner can be bought online HERE until Friday 25th October, or until they have sold out. Tickets cost €50 and must be bought in advance of the event. Tickets will not be available at the door.

What: The 2013 Cycling Ireland Awards Night
Where: O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2
When: 2nd November – 7pm
Location: Alexander Hotel Location