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XC National Champs 21st July

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

The Cross country National Championships take place on the 21st of July in Garvagh forrest, Derry.

The Course

The low level, forest floor course has everything you could want from a XC course: short sharp technical climbs, fast flowy singletrack, plenty of fire roads lots of passing opportunities and we have added even more technical features than last year. The course itself, aside from the fire roads is all natural forest floor so expect to see the same mud, roots and rocks as last year but thankfully Garvagh holds up well in poor weather conditions so don’t let a few days rain put you off! The course is approximately 3.6 miles long and has about 40% fire road. There is around 500ft of climbing and descending per lap; no long sustained climbs but there are a few short sharp kicks on technical singletrack and a long drag from the start finish area.

The start finish area will be adjacent to the school grounds where there will be ample parking and direct access from the school grounds to the course. The U8s, U10s and U12s will all have their own dedicated junior course which will be just challenging enough for the more capable kids but not overwhelming for them either. This course will be centered around the start/finish area, will be convenient to the car park and facilities in the school ground and will be excellent for spectators as they will be able to view the whole kids’ course from the one spot. (more)



The course will be taped and open for practice on the Saturday (20th) afternoon before the race from 1PM to 6PM. You must park in the school grounds and sign on to be able to practice.


Race categories

Championship Classes

U12, U14, U16, JUNIOR MALE 17-18, JUNIOR FEMALE 17-18, ESPOIR – U23, MASTERS – U40, VETS – 40+, ELITE MALE – 23+, ELITE FEMALE – 23+


Support (non-champ) Classes



Race Timetable

09:30 – sign on opens (see note 2 below)

10:45 – Under 6 / parent assisted / fun

11:00 – Under 8s race

11:15 – Under 10s race

11:30 – Under 12s race

12:00 – Under 16s, Under 14s, non-championship races for Senior 4 males and Senior 3 females

13:30 – Prize giving (1)

14:00 – Elite male, Elite female, Veterans, Masters, Junior male, Junior female, Espoirs, Experts (non-championship race)

16:00 – Prize giving (2)



Fees (GBP or EUR equivalent)

U6, U8, U10, U12 – £2

U14 + U16 – £5

JUNIOR – £10




The event will be pre-entry but pay on the day. You MUST pre-register for the Championship classes but you will be able to enter a support class on the day.

Sign on for each race will close 15 minutes before the race is due to start. You cannot compete in any Championship class under a day license but will be able to take part in a Support class.

A minimum of 6 pre-registered riders per category is required in order for the category to be assigned a National Champs status.

You can only compete in a Champtionship category if you hold a valid Cycling Ireland license and are of Irish Nationality (IRL code in your UCI code ie: IRL13041981). You cannot compete for a National title on One Day License.

If you don’t have a Cycling Ireland license you can still race any of the support races, one day licenses will be available to purchase on the day.

Pre-registration for the event has now opened HERE (closes on Sunday the 14th at 18:00)

Remember if you wish to compete in one of the championship classes, you MUST pre-register (payment on the day).



For more information contact Stephen Law at steveolaw@hotmail.com or 07849495282




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