Irish National Cyclo-Cross Championships 2018

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NDCC were represented by three intrepid riders at the 2018 Irish National Cyclo-cross Championships at Glencullen Adventure Park, County Dublin, on Sunday 14 January 2018. Ray Brownfield rode in the M40 race, with Kevin McDowell and Brendan Kirk riding in the over 50s. The cyclo-cross track at Glencullen had been converted from an old golf course (a sign of the times) with numerous off-camber sections, sand pits and some very challenging gradients. Competitors agreed it was a great set-up, producing one of the toughest races of the year! Weather conditions for the Sunday started out dry with light winds, but this changed towards midday when a strong north westerly started to blow cold air across the site. Ground conditions were described as ‘heavy’ with energy sapping mud in all parts of the course. Over seven laps, the brutal conditions took their toll on both riders and bikes, with many riders swapping to a second bike in the pits after every other lap. Huge congratulations to all three NDCC members who rode exceptionally well on the day, and a special mention to Kevin who entered every race this season.

Ray Brownfield – 17th/57
Kevin McDowell – 26th/32
Brendan Kirk – 28th/32


Images Courtesy of Toby Watson