2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Dublin U23 And Junior Races Preview

The Elite Men and Women's UCI World Cup races might be the main event on Sunday, but fans will be treated to junior men and women as well as an U23 men's race throughout a busy morning of racing at the Sport Ireland Campus.

As well as host of rising international stars, 13 riders will represent Ireland in the three races as the best Irish riders fly the flag on the world stage. 

The day starts with the junior men's race (9:00am) and junior women's race (10:00am) before the U23 men's race (11:30am) before moving onto the elite races in the afternoon. 

Here's everything you need to know about the U23 and junior races at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup:

Course Information

Following a successful premiere of the World Cup in Dublin last year, there'll be few changes to the course in 2023.

A new fan zone beside the pit area has been planned while the sand pit has been moved to a different part of the course.

The Contenders

Tibor Del Grosso (U23 Men)

Del Grosso emerged victorious in Troyes last weekend and is the rider to beat in the capital on Sunday. But with big names such as Cross Clonmel winner Michels Jente and Emiel Verstrynge also set to start, Irish fans are in for a treat when thhis one sets off in the capital. 

Stefano Viezzi (Junior Men)

The Italian star picked up the win in Troyes in the first round of the UCI World Cup junior races in Troyes last weekend and will be among the riders to beat when the junior men's race kicks off a busy day of action. 

Cat Ferguson (Junior Women)

One of the most promising junior riders in the world on both the road and cyclo-cross, Ferguson is among the star names in the junior women's race that is sure to whet the appetite for U23 and elite action later in the day. 

Ireland Team

13 riders will represent Ireland in the junior and U23 races on Sunday, including a four-strong U23 men's race team, a talented junior women's trio and a contingent of six riders in the junior men's race. 

The Ireland Team Announcement can be found here. 

Start Lists

Start lists are available here. 

More information about the 2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Dublin can be found here.