2024 Esports National Championships Preview

The 2024 Esports National Championships are fast approaching as we look forward to action this Saturday, February 10th.

Hosted on Zwift, the event is an approved National Championships following its successful demonstration in 2022 due to Esports ever-growing popularity throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It's been an exciting season of Esports as Cycling Ireland hosted the 2023/24 Winter Series, in partnership with Racing Without Borders. Featuring 12 rounds over a variety of Zwift routes, some of Ireland's top Esports riders enjoyed a busy winter of racing. 

And for riders who prefer the social element of virtual cycling, the ongoing Cycling Ireland Esport Social Rides give riders a chance to get on the bike in a non-competitive environment and have included a host of special ride leaders including Lara Gillespie, Ronan Grimes and Alice Sharpe. 

But it will be fast and furious this weekend as we look forward to what should be another successful Esports National Championships.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2024 Esports National Championships:

Date & Time

The 2024 Esports National Championships take place on Saturday, February 10th.

Racing will take place in the afternoon with the women's race at 2:05pm and the open race at 3:35pm (Irish time). 

Categories & Start Lists

Two Championships races will be run; combing junior, senior and masters riders:

  • Esports National Championships (Open)
  • Esports Women's National Championships

Richard Barry and Colin Clavin head an exciting open race start list while in the women's race, Joanna Patterson and Marine Lenehan are among the big names set to compete.

Esports National Championships Start Lists

Course Preview

The Scotland Rolling Highlands course will see riders in the Open Race take on three laps over a total of 31.9km. The riders in the Women's Race will complete two laps of the course to cover 23.1km. 

A challenging course over undulating hills replicating the famous Scottish highlands, each lap takes in just under 9km featuring a grand finale 600m uphill sprint to the finish.

Only the strongest riders will prevail in each race to be crowned Esports National Champion on Saturday afternoon.