This weekend marks a big step in the development of cyclo cross in Ireland and in particular the Munster region with the first round of the “Support your local bike shop” Munster CX league taking place in the grounds of Fota Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Cork City.
This is the first of six races in the series, it’s great to see a large number of clubs adopting cyclo cross, it can be a fantastic introduction to racing as its much safer that road racing especially for youngsters as there are no cars involved and the worst you can do is fall off on a muddy corner
St Finbarrs cycling club have being hard at work prepping the course over the last few weeks, it’s great that cyclo cross can get into such a venue as Fota Island.
Racing starts on Sunday at 10am with the U6’s to the U12’s entry to these races will be on the day and will cost €5
The B race will be at 11:30am and will be for 45min this will be followed 2 mins later by the u14’s and u16’s (enter on the day and online), the A race will be at 1pm and will be an hour both of the senior races will have online entry there will be no entry on the day. The ladies race will start 2 minutes behind the A race and will feature the same prize list that’s available to the men.
The league is being ran by six munster clubs, St Finbarrs, DeRonde, Revolution, Burren, Upperchurch Drombane and Killarney CC. The league is being used to support the concept of supporting your local bike shop as they are very important to the grassroots of our sport and generally play a large role in supporting our local clubs.
The league is being sponsored by the following shops McCarthy Cycles, Pi Cycles, O’K Cycles, Evolution Bikes, and The Big Little Bike Shop please take the time to check out their webites below or more importantly call into them if they are in your locality
Verge are the 6th sponsor of the league. Verge’s back ground is primarily in Cyclo Cross, Mike the founder and owner of Verge is an accomplished cyclo cross rider in the States and this is shown in our custom cycling range as we carry a large cyclo cross range.
We will be at the race with a stand on Sunday so please feel free to call into us and say hello
Entries close tomorrow night so don’t delay and enter here https://fs19.formsite.com/StFinbarrsCC/form1/index.html