2023 Downhill National Series Launch
The 2023 Downhill National Series (Irish Downhill Mountainbike Series) is set to kick off on May 27th and 28th.
The mountain biking discipline is among the fastest growing in the sport with the fast and furious nature making for a thrilling spectator experience.
And the country’s top Downhill mountain bike riders will compete in the series in 2023, which will be held over three rounds.
The first round, hosted by Gravity Bike Club, brings riders to Carrick Mountain in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow on May 27th and 28th.
A regular venue on the Irish downhill scene, Carrick is known for being one of the longer tracks in the series with a mix of high speed sections linking up big jumps and technical challenges.
In Round Two, the focus switches to Shronaboy Farm, near Killarney in Co. Kerry, as Tralee Bay Mtb and Killarney Cycling Club co-host on August 5th and 6th.
The final round takes place in Bree, Co. Wexford as Bree Racing brings the curtain down on the series on the weekend of September 9th and 10th.
Riders will race for points in an overall series, with races taking place across several categories ranging from U14 and U16 boys to junior, sports, senior and elite men, women and masters men categories M30, M40 and M50.
Cycling Ireland Off-road Commission Downhill Coordinator, Bernie Commins, said:
"Carrick is a thrilling venue that never fails to challenge and push competitors to their limit! It kicks off an exciting and punchy season with three class downhill-racing weekends to look forward to. We are also delighted that this year, for round one, three female juniors are signed up to race, and 11 senior females will compete too, including Leah Maunsell and Hannah Mullin. We hope this interest and participation continues."
"A big thank you to Gravity BC, hosts of the first race, whose volunteer members have been working very hard to get the track running smoothly. Riders are not going to be disappointed."
More information for Round One is available here. Entries are now sold out for the opening round due to popular demand.
More information on the 2023 Downhill National Series is available here.
2023 Downhill National Series
Round 1: Carrick, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow – May 27th & 28th - Enter here
Round 2: Killarney, Co. Kerry – August 5th & 6th
Round 3: Bree, Co. Wexford – September 9th & 10th