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offroad

offroad

Off Road cycling is the discipline of cycling where riders use specially designed bikes to cycle in rough terrain or cycling trails. Within offroad cycling there are various types of subdivisions and many events. It is a fun a sociable area of the sport, where skill and precision are relied on. 

The four main disciplines of Off Road cycling that are active in Ireland are: 

Cross Country Mountain Biking (XC) where cyclists ride on bikes that are designed primarily around cross country racing. With an emphasis on a combination of climbing, speed and endurance the bikes tend to be both lightweight and efficient. XC Mountain Bikes have evolved from being steel hardtail frames with rigid forks, to the full suspension bikes that are most commonly used today.  

DUMMIES GUIDE TO CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKING HERE

Downhill Mountain Biking (DH) is an adrenalin fuelled Off Road discipline, where the main focus is travelling down technical, tricky and steep descents as fast as possible. The bikes used in DH tend to be very strong, with a large amount of sag to get ample traction to go fast over bumpy trails.   

DUMMIES GUIDE TO DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING HERE

Enduro Racing is a form of downhill mountain biking that is both challenging and enjoyable. An Enduro race essentially consists of timed downhill stages and untimed transfer sections that can be ridden at a rider's leisure. Although in some Enduro races there are certain time limits on the transfer sections, it is only the times during the downhill stages that are counted, with the rider who completes these sections in the shortest time being the winner.

DUMMIES GUIDE TO ENDURO RACING HERE


Cyclocross (CX) is a discipline of Off Road cycling that usually takes place in Autumn and Winter. The riders use bikes that are a cross between road racing bikes and mountain bikes - insofar as the frame and handlebars resemble a road bike, but the tyres are like skinnier mountain bike tyres. They generally use disc brakes also. A cyclocross race is usually run as laps of a circuit, with an emphasis on the rider's aerobic endurance and on their bike handling skills. 

DUMMIES GUIDE TO CYCLOCROSS HERE


View Off-Road Website

The below events / dates are provisional only

  • training peaks
  • Kukri
  • spin11
  • Event Master
  • mpcc
  • bluecubes
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