XMTB News

6th May 2008

Tomorrow Wednesday 7th will be the start of the clubs weekly ride outs. We will be meeting at Castle Park Bangor at 6.45pm and will be covering basic bike set up and safety checks. If we have time we will go for a ride around the woodland and do some coaching, finishing around sunset at 9.00pm. The following Wednesday we will test it all out at Belvior for a time trial over some tricky single track.

23rd April 2008

Following a great days racing at Castlewellan the club would like to thank all the competitors for taking part and in particular all those who have contacted the club to comment on how much they enjoyed the event. Congratulations to all the winners. Xmtb, as many are aware, is made up of unpaid volunteers dedicated to running professional,safe,fun events for all age groups. The club thanks all those who helped out on the day to ensure all involved enjoyed the event. We hope to meet with NIFS in the near future regarding the standard of the course and planning of other events so we would welcome comments regarding the venue. Our aim is to improve on what we have built up over the years so please tell us what we need to do. Results for all races and overall placement is on K Cup site. Report can be downloaded here

17th April 2008

Race schedule is now complete and can be downloaded, the course is in great condition and is now mud and thorn free thanks to the many members that have worked all over the weekend to drain and clear the course. We have been assured by NIFS that the course will be free from fallen trees by Friday so all is in place for a grand finale to the K Cup series, Sign on will be open from 1-3 on Sat during practice and then on Sunday from 10am. Please download the race schedule for times and costs in advance as the ladies doing sign-on are also responsible for timekeeping and need to work very fast to be in many places at many times! Looking foward to an action packed weekend.   

13th April 2008

K Cup course now finished and feedback from testers is very good. Just that tree problem! We have had to re-site the U8,U10 course to an area up at Moorish Tower as there is simply nowhere else safe due to double booking of Archery event, we hope parents will understand given the time restraints. The main thing is that the competitors are safe and have fun at the event. Map for course can now be downloaded.

Don't forget our club meeting is Monday 14th @ 8pm, We will be deciding on marshal points and if you cannot attend the meeting and can help us on race day please contact us to let us know. We need marshals for race starting at 12 lasting about 1 hour 15 mins and then the main race starting at 1.30 lasting about 2 hours 15 mins.

12th April 2008

Many thanks to the members who worked on the course today, a lot of work was done and the revised course is now almost complete. We still have 2 trees to be removed and have been assured by NIFS that they will be gone before Friday. We have still to finalize an under 8s 10s course so bear with us. We hope to finish the main course on Sunday 13th and also have a ride around it, so if you want to learn the course then feel free to join us from 11am to 5pm. The revised course map and route description can now be downloaded, please note that this map is for the purpose of the race only.

9th April 2008

This weekend we will be working on our course at Castlewellan Forest Park in preparation for round 4 of the K Capital cup race on Sunday 20th April.

 Due to a double booking for that weekend we have been informed by NIFS that an archery event is taking place in the area on the left hand side of the fire road 150mts past the start line stretching to the top of the road at the car park. This will mean we will have to reroute the main course in 2 separate areas if the race is to run, the under 8s and 10s course will have to be created in a new area to the right hand side of the start line. The club voted at an extraordinary meeting held last Thursday to attempt to do the work this Saturday and Sunday, we need a lot of help to be able to submit the final route to the commissarie on Monday. We will be there from 10.30 to 17.00 on Sat and Sun. Also feel free to take your bike down and have a ride around the course that is just great! Think of it like a smoke break but better for you.

Club meeting this Monday 14th @ 8pm at Malone Rugby club. We hope to finalize all details for marshals and timekeepers for Castlewellan.

28th March 2008

Our Sunday ride out will meet at Knock crossroads for a start at 10 sharp, maybe a spin over to Bevior or down the coastal path, Robbie is the boss!

15th March 2008

Update: Due to very bad weather forecast for Sat morning we have decided to change our meeting at Castlewellan to Monday 17th. Moneyscalp ride out starts at 11am Sunday morning. We are meeting at Castlewellan Forest on Monday 17th at 10.30 to finalize the K Cup course to be held on April 20th and give people a chance to try out the best trail in Ireland! We will guide you through the main course as well as the under 12 and 14s course. As well as inviting cyclists we need people to inspect the course and  remove debris with a rake (supplied). This is a good opportunity for parents to see what your kids have to ride over and encourage them along the way.

12th March 2008

The club is putting together our calendar for our Wednesday night race and ride outs to start in May and run to the end of August. We will be using venues such as Castle Park, Ice Bowl, Belvior, and Stormont Grounds, if you have any ideas regarding venues or format please contact the club before Monday 17th,or post your ideas on the forum.

 

29th Feb 2008

Tomorrow (Sat) we are meeting at Castlewellan Forest for a pre ride of the K Cup course, all members are welcome to attend. Starting at 10.30 from the rear car park. On Sunday we will again meet up at Knock Rd car park for a ride out at 10 sharp! Robbie sharp! 

21st Feb 2008

Surprise surprise ! A brilliant Rd 4 report from the great Andy Potts here also final point standing can be downloaded, Our Sunday ride out this week will start at Knock Rd crossroads, meeting at the Northern Bank car park to depart at 10 am. We will head down the coastal path and try and take a run into Helens tower, please note this is for members over 16 and will be a 3-4 hour run. We hope to have our Wednesday night rideouts calendar finalized shortly and this will run from April to September for all ages.

17th Feb 2008

Another great days racing at Bangor, many thanks to all that attended our series of races and from the feedback today it seems a good time was had by all that took part. Sadly Castle Park may not be around next year due to some sort of Olympic water feature being built but in true MTB thinking Never say Never! Results from today can now be downloaded. Andy Potts may do a report on round 4 but I think he burned out on round 3 ! Remember to keep an eye on the K-Cup site and Xmtb will run the best race of the year on Sunday 20th April 2008 at Castlewellan Forest Park.

Link to K  Capital

10th Feb 2008

Results from Round 3(updated 12th Feb) are now available for download. We have also updated the points standing. Remember mass start in all races next week. NO HANDICAPS. Study your performance and look at who you have to stay in front of, Good luck.

Report on Round 3 by Andy Potts here

Super Duper Report on Round 3 by Andy Potts here

Next Xmtb club meeting 11th Feb @ 8pm Malone Rugby club

9th Feb 2008

Looking foward to another great days racing at Castle Park Bangor, the weather forecast is for a dry calm day. On the course it will be far from calm as everyone will be hoping to pick up as many points as they can in the last handicapped race before the final event on Sunday 17th Feb. Hope to see you all there tomorrow, remember you can still enter a race at this point and have a bit of fun and experience real cycling, that is Mountain Bike Racing.  

 

31st Jan 2008

We have now compiled the points for the Bangor series after 2 rounds, please note that while a handicap will apply to round 3, none will apply to the 4th and final round on 17th Feb. Download by link on left. Map for Castlewellan can be viewed here. The car park is at the junction of Leitrim Road and Lake Ave on right hand side. ( website will not be updated for the next 4 days due to software updates)

 

27th Jan 2008

Report (epic) on Round 2 by Andy Potts Here

Another great day of races at Castle Park, results can now be downloaded. Remember this is a handicap race series so the times include real ride time also. No race next Sunday, but back for 2 more rounds on 10th Feb and 17th Feb. Prize giving will be after main race on the 17th at about 2.30, with lots of prizes for the winners and the underage riders will all be awarded a prize for their great sportsmanship.

The club will be running regular Sunday runs for over 16s during the year, our first run will be this Sun 3rd at Castlewellan forest park, we will meet at the rear car park and set of at 11am sharp. Will post map and more details soon.

26th Jan 2008

Don't forget Round 2 of Bangor winter league tomorrow, action starts at 11.30 for under 8s and 10s. At 12.00 the under 12s  and under 14s race starts. The under 16s and adults go elbow to elbow at 1pm and then tea coffee juice and bic's for all at about 2pm.

20th Jan 2008

Well done to all who took part in Round 1 Bangor League, very muddy but great fun. Results can now be downloaded. Looking foward to next week when you can do it all again in the opposite direction!

Great report from Andy Potts here

17th Jan 2008

 If you are racing on Sunday please remember to bring with you a completed Xmtb membership form, parental consent if under 18 and your 2007 Cycling Ire licence or licence number for 2008. (existing or future Xmtb members) We are hoping to meet on Sat 19th at Castle Park to clear the glass and debris from the course, all members welcome to join in. Gloves and rakes supplied, bring your own lunch.

12th Jan 2008

 The K Capital Cup website is now up and running. If you want to do a series of races in Ireland this is the one to do with huge entries and great venues. Our club will promote the forth and final round at Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 20th April 2008, last year it attracted almost 200 riders! We will post all details as soon as we finalize approval with the relevant councils.

 

4th Jan 2008

Xmtb Winter League at Castle Park Bangor

Xmtb will be running a Winter League during Jan / Feb 2008 at Castle Park Bangor. This league is great for newcomers to have a go at mountain bike racing and there will be plenty of advice on hand on the days of the races, Dates are as follows:

Jan 20th, Jan 27th, Feb 10th, Feb 17th. All Sundays starting at 11.30. Sign on and practise from 9.30 to 11.00. Race for under 8 and under 10s start at 11.30, entry fee is 2. Race for under 12 and under 14s start at 12.00, entry fee is 4. Race for under 16 and adults start at 13.00, entry fee is 5. Helmets must be worn at all times while on course. All riders under 18 must have a parental consent form completed. Day licences will be available on the day. Please note that all under 18 riders can get a Cycling Ireland racing licence free with just a fee of 3 for one year insurance. See links on left to download. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions.

16th Dec 2007

Any member with material, photos or reports wishing to publish on club website is welcome to submit to club via our email info@xmtb.co.uk

You can now renew your 2008 CI license on line. If you hold a 2007 license then do not apply for a new license but log in as member and request a 2008 license. If you do not have your log in details please email the club for update. New members need to join Xmtb and then apply for a new license. Remember under 18s need to submit a parental consent form, .C I will now accept Pay Pal on line. If you have any questions give me a ring or email the club, good luck.

 

 

 

 

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