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Series Standings and Double Points Finish

Check out how the season looks so far.

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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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!

There will be not be any dropped round! All of the points you have will go towards your position after the points from the final round in Carrick have been added in.

Get entered up for Carrick today.

Get Entered Now!

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.

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 TWO | Preview Video

Thanks to the champ for recording this doozy to promote round two of the series.

Lots of work gone into the Mallow DH Track in the wake of storm damage so it’s fresh and fast.

Get entered today! Online entries close Thurs 18th at midnight & there will be a surcharge for day registrations.

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

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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

iDMS Round ONE | Race Report

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Chain Reaction Cycles

Rostrevor Mountainbike Festival in Association with Newry and Mourne District Council
Chain Reaction Cycles Irish Downhill Mountainbike Series #1

The 2nd annual Rostrevor Mountainbike Festival went down a storm on the 8/9th March in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. Almost 500 competitors from all over the country turned up to sample some of the finest cross country and downhill tracks on offer.

The weekend consisted of practice on Saturday for round 1 of the Ulster Cross Country Series and round 1 of the Irish Downhill Mountainbike Series followed by racing on Sunday. For results of the cross country event please visit www.ulsterxc.com and report www.dromaracc.co.uk

Jacob on his new Dirt Orange

Jacob Dickson | Dirt Orange

Riders started arriving on Friday afternoon in anticipation of amendments to last year’s track. Lots of riders took to walking the track before Saturdays practice  and to everyone delight the track had the perfect mix of gnarly natural trail and the best sections of trail centre. On Saturday practice got underway and with the smooth running of the uplift most riders got upwards of 8 practice runs. It was evident from the atmosphere in the finish arena that Rostrevor had hit the nail on the head when it comes to riders needs at an event of this scale.

Michael Cowan on his way through to hecklers rock

Michael Cowan | Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof

Early Sunday morning riders took to the slopes of Slievebane for the last practice session putting the finishing touches to what they hope would be a perfect run.  A timed seeding run was next so that riders would have a good idea how fast they need to go in the final and give themselves a better chance not to catch slower riders. This is how the final panned out for each category.

Colin Ross close call

Colin Ross | Rosco Lines

The future stars of our sport in the juvenile category were out of the start gate first.  Patrick Creane secured 3rd place with Liam Wolfe in runner up position and Joseph O’Boyle taking top honours.

Youth riders  were up next and the top 3 were Eddie Byrne, Jack Crowley in 2nd with Conor Bate taking the win by almost 13 seconds!

Hats off to all 8 of our super vet riders (50+) who tackled the course in some style and putting riders half their age to shame. Victor McMinn crossed the line in 3rd place with Joe Bergin in 2nd but Stephen Graham from Plush put in a solid performance to take the win.

The gentlemen of our sport battled it out in the vet category with John Glover taking a well deserved 3rd place. Chain Reaction Cycles rider Ian McIntyre finished in 2nd place with Potato Bred’s Joe Ward taking the bragging rights in first place.

One of the largest category’s is the sports and competition is always hotly contested. Victor Bell smashed his way into 3rd place for team Moco with Martin Mullan in 2nd but no one could better Christopher McMullan who’s time would have placed him 7th in the senior category.

The tightest racing of the day was in the senior category with only 5 seconds splitting the top 3. Ryan Hurson of team Moco rocked into 3rd place with Team mate Laurence Farrington in 2nd only 0.015 off eventual winner Calum Mackie.

4 women entered IDMS #1 but only 2 managed to finish due to mechanical difficulties. Tara O’Boyle had 2 consistent runs that got her a 2nd place but she couldn’t make up the time difference that local rider Sacha Bickerstaff put in to take the top step of the podium.

Some say its the most competitive category of all but the lads in the masters category had their work cut out with Chain Reaction rider Dale McMullan putting in a solid sub 3 minute run. Only riders to get close were his team mate Steve Jamison in 2nd and Dublin man Dave Egan.

Junior riders are some of the fastest in the country. 3rd place went to Matthew McGlinchey with Alan Connolly in 2nd just slipping under the 3 minute barrier. But in true form and a time that would have put him into 3rd place in elites Dirt/Orange team rider Jacob Dickson smoked the opposition by almost 13 seconds to start of his 2014 campaign.

The big guns were out next. Elite riders were last down the hill and unfortunately for them the weather had started to close in. Thrills n spills was the name of the day. Firsttracksmtb.com team rider James MacFerran had qualified 3rd but only to get a bit throttle happy on his final run and laying in down twice so it wasnt meant to be. Local man and team Green Bikes rider Thomas McCoy had also put in a solid performance in seeding but unfortunately a mechanical on the top section meant he had to freewheel through the thousands of adoring fans and into 8th place. The top 3 in reverse order was Dublin man and Nukeproof rider Greg Callaghan. 2nd place went to a well deserved Stephen McCormack and 1st place went to our current national Champion and Redbull Foxhunt winner Colin Ross.

A massive thanks to all the riders who made the journey, Newry and Mourne District Council, Chain Reaction Cycles club, Dromara Cycling Club, Well Fit cafe, Erdinger, Kafe Krem, marshals, St Johns, Malones ice cream, Rodger for the timing, Nukeproof, Mourne Heritage Trust, MountainBikeNI.com, Forest Service NI and the PSNI. See you all again next year!!

Glyn & Cato

Elite Podium

Elite Podium

Junior Podium

Junior Podium

Master Podium

Master Podium

Super Podium

Super Veteran Podium

Veteran Podium

Veteran Podium

Sports Podium

Sports Podium

Womens Podium

Womens Podium

Youth Podium

Youth Podium

Juveniles1 Podium

Juvenile 2nd & 3rd Place Podium

Juveniles2 Podium

Juvenile 1st Place Podium

Click on the images or follow THIS link to view Demott Sweeny‘s Photos or check out CRCiDMS Facebook Page to see loads more great photos!

See you all at Round TWO in Mallow on the 19th & 20th of April.

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 > http://crcidms.com/images/results/2013/2013iDMSRoundONE_CResults.pdf

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!!!