High octane fun for bike riders of all ages.

Raced over a mix of fire road, singletrack, and some mountain sections, the Cross-Country (XC) National Series requires the perfect mix of physical fitness and technical skills.

2022 Cross-Country National Series

DateEventPromoting ClubLocationEnter
30.04.2022XC National Series Round 1Ards Cycling Club
Newtownards, Co.Down-
22.05.2022XC National Series Round 2Killarney Cycling Club
Killarney, Co. Kerry-
05.06.2022XC National Series Round 3Northwest MTB
Union Wood-
19.06.2022XC National Series Round 4Bree MTB
Bree Hill, Co. WexfordHere
03.07.2022XC National Series Round 5Mullaghmeen Mountain Bike Club
Mullaghmeen, Co. Westmeath
23/24.07.2022XC National ChampionshipsBellurgan WheelersBellurgan, Louth

Round 4

Date: Sunday 19 June 2022

Enter Here

Venue: Bree Hill, Co. Wexford

Host club: Bree MTB

Course location
Address – 2A Irish St, Craane, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Co-ordinates – 52.444624, -6.634885
Google Maps – here

Course Description:

First ever XC at Bree and we’re delighted to welcome the NPS Series. The race will start on the fire road climb, staying left at the well-known quarry drop before turning right into the “badger” area of Bree forest. A looping off-camber climb here will bring riders across an enduro trail back onto the fire road for a short section before climbing to the open area at the top of the hill. From here, the first bit of descending begins, down the start ramp followed by a sharp left onto the Kilmore trail. This is mainly flow until it crosses an old fire road onto a more undulating short section. After this, the riders will ride up the Beeches trail. This is a challenging climb with some tech features and real punchy sections. The riders will, climb almost to the top of the hill once more before making a left to join a fast, classic Bree descent, with a few rock gardens, swooping corners and steep sections – all rollable. The loop re-joins the fire road above the car park and off we go for another lap! Total distance is just over 4kms with 180 metres of ascent.

Race Timetable: 
09:00 – Sign on opens
10:00 – Under 6s fun race
10:15 – Under 8s
10:30 – Under 10s
10:50 – Under 12s
11:15 – Prize giving for U8s, U10s and U12s
12:00 – Under 16s, Senior 4 men, Senior 2 women, Senior 3 women, Under 14s
13:30 – Prize giving for U14s, U16s, S2 women, S3 women and S4 men
14:00 – Senior 1 men, Juniors, Senior 1 women, Senior 2 men, Senior 3 men
15:45 – Prize giving for S1, S2 and S3 men, Juniors and S1 women


Senior beginners (S3 women – S4 men)

The sport will only grow when we attract new people to give cross-country racing a ‘go’.
As per 2019 both the Senior 4 men and Senior 3 women have a reduced entry fee as per a proposal passed at the 2017 Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission AGM.
As per 2019 the Senior 3 women’s race will share the Under 14s course as per a proposal passed at the 2017 Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission AGM.
Both the Senior 4 men and Senior 3 women’s races should last less than 60 minutes.
Under 6 race
The Under 6s race is just for fun. It is an introduction to off-road racing. It is all about the achievement of starting and finishing. If your child can complete the course with ease and is ready for the next challenge please have them try the Under 8s race instead. There is no lower age limit on the Under 8s race.

Practice times
For the main course
09:00 – 11:45
13:15 – 13:45

The venue will be open from 9:00 am on Sunday 19 June 2022.

Note: There is no practice allowed on any other day before the race.

Location of Registration and opening times:

Sign on will take place at the race village, at the turning circle area on the first fire road on reaching the upper car park area. Signage will be in place to direct riders to the race village and sign on area. Sign on opens at 9:00 am on Sunday 19 June 2022.
Sign on closes 15 minutes before the start of the call up for each race.

Race numbers:

Race numbers will be supplied by the organiser which should be placed secured onto the handlebars in a way which makes it clear for timekeepers to read. Riders must not cut, fold or mutilate race numbers. Race numbers must be handed back at the completion of your race.

Gridding will be based on the results from the series to date.

Registration Closes: Friday 17 June 2022 (8 pm)

Notes: Ensure bicycles are in good working order and that bar-ends have been fitted.
No electric bikes or motorised bicycles permitted.
No cyclo-cross bicycles permitted.

First aid location: An ambulance will be parked at the car park
Prizes: Medals for top 3 boys and girls in Under 8s to Seniors. Under 6s to Under 12s to also get a goodie bag.
Car parking: Follow instructions from marshals.
Toilets: Portable toilets will be on site.
Bike wash: No
Catering: Bad Ass Catering (http://www.badass.ie/) and a coffee truck in the race village
Gazebos: Are welcome close to the course

Race organiser: Philip Nugent (email)
Contact number: 00353 – 87994066


Senior Men

Senior 117+5 laps1:30hrs maxElite / Top level racing
Senior 217+4 laps1:30hrs2nd category racing
Senior 317+3 laps1:15hrs3rd category racing
Senior 417+2 laps50minsIntroductory / Beginner Category

Senior Women

Senior 117+4 laps1:30hrsElite / Top level racing
Senior 217+3 laps1:15hrs2nd category racing
Senior 317+2 laps50minsIntroductory / Beginner Category


Under 1614 - 152 lapsYouth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 14 or 15 years old on the 1st of January in the current year.
Under 1412 - 131-2 lapsYouth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 12 or 13 years old on the 1st of January in the current year.
Under 1210 - 111 lapYouth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 10 or 11 years old on the 1st of January in the current year
Under 108 - 91 lapYouth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 8 or 9 years old on the 1st of January in the current year
Under 86 - 71 lapYouth category (boys and girls) This category is for riders who were 6 or 7 years old on the 1st of January in the current year

Youth riders compete on a short course – Under 14’s may be allowed to compete on the full course, this is determined by the hosting club.

To align with the UCI criteria for race durations, Junior boys can compete up to SENIOR 2 MEN*, and Junior Girls can compete up to SENIOR 2 WOMEN*.

Points & Scoring

Separate rankings apply across senior, junior and youth categories for men and women.

20th +1

Please contact cross.country@offroadcyclingireland.ie with ranking queries.

Images by Gareth Gibbons