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Carrick course preview video

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!

iDMS Round FIVE | Online Entry Open

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

Entries Close Today for Bree Hill

Don’t miss out on your last chance to enter online for iDMS#4 in Bree

Online entries close tonight at midnight

Bree Hill | 16th + 17th of AugustENTER NOW

hosted by: Bree MTB

more info here

iDMS14 Round FOUR Preview | Bree Hill


Bree Hill, Co. Wexford | 16th + 17th of AugustENTER NOW

The trail fairies up on Bree Hill have been relentless in their efforts to give you new and challenging features and a spectacle to see for any spectator. This is a race not to be missed!

See the picture below, showing the changes to the course.


 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.

Bree Hill, Co. Wexford | 16th + 17th of AugustENTER NOW



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


For more details check CRCiDMS

Bree Hill, Co. Wexford | 16th + 17th of AugustENTER NOW

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.

Entry Open for iDMS Round FOUR in Bree, Co. Wexford


2014 iDMS Round FOUR

16th + 17th of AugustENTER NOW

Bree, Co. Wexford

More info to follow shortly.

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.

Enter now on SiEntries

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

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-


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

Enter now on SiEntries

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.

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.