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2014 Irish Downhill National Championships

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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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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.

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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.

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

more info here

iDMS Round THREE | Postponed

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

YOUR SPORT NEEDS YOU!

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.

iDMS Round ONE | Results

Check out he results from a fantastic Round ONE of the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series in Rostrevor this weekend. Well done to all involved with the organisation and thank you to all of the competitors.

Results by Category

View in a new window by clicking here.

Download the PDF file .

Overall Results

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Download the PDF file .

You can keep an eye on all of the results from the 2014 series here

Online Entry for iDMS 2014 Round ONE Now Open!

Dan Sheridan on his way to 2nd in Elites

Track description:
The Trail starts high on Slievebane overlooking Carlingford Lough and Rostrevor village. The first few hundred metres are fast natural trail with a few drops, turns and steep shutes before joining ‘On the Pulse’. From here its a rollercoaster ride with plenty of natural sections threw in to keep riders on their toes and the speed and flow of the trail high. Shortly after Hecklers Rock it Joins ‘Mega Mission’ before a nice step down into the finish area if you have the balls!


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Rostrevor, Co Down | 8th + 9th of March


Saturday 8th March 2014
09.00 – 13:00  Race registration.
09:30 – Open practice for all riders.
16:00 – Course Closed.
16:05 – Riders’ meeting. (at organisers discretion)

Sunday 9th March 2014
08:30 – 11:00 Race registration.
09:00 – 10.45 Open practice for all.
11:00 – Timed seeding run followed by one timed race run.
16:00 – Last Elite racer down.
16.30 – Podium

The race is limited to 250 riders and at the organiser’s discretion an additional fee of 15euro must be paid for late entries if taken on the day.

A full racing licence must be produced at registration. Day licences will be available at the event at a price set by Cycling Ireland (20 euro/ £17). If you do not have your licence yet an email or letter from your club or C.I. is required. No excuses!

All enquiries regarding entries to Email: Catherine@thinkstudio.co.uk


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Rostrevor, Co Down | 8th + 9th of March


Here’s some valuable information on the BDS for next year.

Did you know that for this year you can enter directly via the BC website without a BC license or membership.
The link to enter the BDS.
The British Downhill Series (BDS) is the world’s leading national downhill mountain bike series and attracts 320 of the world’s fastest racers to Great Britain. The series is affiliated with both British Cycling and the UCI, offering a wealth of UCI points, Schwalbe Tyres are offering £10,000 in prize money with other sponsors delivering £20,000 worth of prizes. Monster Energy will be onsite fuelling the athletes all weekend.

The 2013 season saw 13 out of 14 of the UCI Elite Teams attend at least one round with riders such as; Gee Atherton, Steve Smith, Greg Minnaar, Loic Bruni, Sam Blenkinsop, Marcelo Guiterrez Villegas, Sam Hill, Danny Hart, Matt Simmonds, Nick Beer, Andrew Neethling, Markus Pekoll, Faustin Figaret, Brook Macdonald, Steve Peat, Marc Beaumont, Josh Bryceland, Brendan Fairclough, Joe Smith, Adam Brayton, Harry Heath, Bernard Kerr, Ben Reid and Cedric Gracia all putting in at least one appearance.

The top flight women also race the BDS, come and race with Rachel Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Floriane Pugin, Tahnee Seagrave, Fionn Griffiths, Emmeline Ragot, Emilie Siegenthaler, Casey Brown, Morgane Charre, Steffi Marth, Jess Stone, Alanna Columb, Traharn Chidley and Rachael Walker.

Dates and Venues
Round 1 29/30 March Antur Stiniog, North Wales.
Round 2 10/11 May Fort William. Scotland.
Round 3 31 May/1 June Ae Forest, Scottish Borders.
Round 4 28/29 June Llangollen, Mid Wales.
Round 5 13/14 September Bike Park Wales. South Wales.

Entry Procedure:
The race is pre entry only and entries go live on the British Cycling website at 09:00 on Saturday the 4th of January at 09:00.
British riders must hold a British Cycling race license with a valid membership in either silver or gold and have scored 100 BC points in 2013.
International riders of all ages/categories are welcomed to enter the BDS via the British Cycling website. You must present a valid race license from your National Federation at race registration.
Race Categories and running order for both seeding and race runs: 
Juvenile
Youth
Grand Veterans
Veteran
Master
Women
Elite Women
Junior
Senior
Expert
Elite
2014 Race Schedule:
Friday
13:00 Venue open for team pits, parking and camping.
15:00 Course open for on foot inspection only.
15:00 Commissaire course walk.
18:00 – 20:00 Race registration.

Saturday
08:00 – 11:00 Race registration.
09:30 Open practice for all riders.
18:00 Course Closed.
18:05 Riders meeting.

Sunday
08:30 Open practice for all riders.
11:00 Timed seeding run followed by one timed race run.
17:30 Last Elite racer down.
17:45 Podium.

For up to date information on the series, checkout the BDS Facebook page:
Si Paton
Race Director for the BDS – British Downhill Series

Editor – Pinkbike.com
Mobile 07968 229 359

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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