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Irish Championships 2013 - Report

Date: Sunday 21 July 2013
Event: Irish National MTB XC Championships
Location: Garvagh Forest
Host club: Carn Wheelers

The 2013 National Mountain Bike Cross-Country Championships took place in Garvagh Forest in the town of Garvagh on Sunday 21 July and was hosted by Carn Wheelers.  The timing for the race was perfect after a 2 week heat wave in Northern Ireland which left the trails bone dry and dusty.  The club had put in a huge effort in creating the trails with lots of variety, from long fire roads allowing ample overtaking possibilities to fast flowing single track, bomb holes, dual slalom descents and only two notable short climbs.  The race village was set up in the abandoned school grounds which had lots of parking for the large attendance (over 250 riders from all across Ireland).  The club would like to thank the Northern Ireland Forestry Service for permission to use the site which had been used the previous year as a round of the Ulster XC series.

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