The 2023 Cross-Country (XC) National Series gets under this weekend. The Series will feature five action-packed rounds beginning in Co. Dublin on May 7th.
Raced over a mix of fire roads, single-track, and some mountain sections, the high-octane discipline demands the perfect mix of physical fitness and technical skills.
Taking place over short circuits, the discipline also offers a great experience to fans getting up close and personal with the action.
After a successful 2022 edition of the XC National Series, fans are looking forward to five rounds in 2023 as Epic MTB hosts the opening round in Leadmines, Dublin on May 7th.
A Dublin favourite, the fast flowing single track is suited to the true cross-country specialist with tight corners and technical climbs in a stern test for the opening round.
Just two weeks later, Fermoy CC in Co. Cork will host the second round on May 21st. This course is suitable for riders of all levels and includes wide open sections and the more challenging singular tracks.
The series stays in Munster for the third round on June 4th as Killarney CC play host in Fossa, Co. Kerry. Taking place in the unique and beautiful woodland areas around Killarney, the tight and twisty single track sections will challenge all riders.
The penultimate round brings the series back to Leinster as Team WORC host round four in Co. Wicklow on June 18th. Designed by Master XC World Champion and former Olympian Robin Seymour, this venue set in the beautiful Wicklow hills is sure to delight and surprise all.
Bree MTB will host the final round in Co. Wexford on July 2nd, with long climbs and even longer flowing descents, Bree is guaranteed to be an enjoyable but stern test for riders.
The National Series categories range from U8-U16 as well as junior and senior. For those new to the discipline, senior categories S3 for women and S4 for men are raced at a level suitable for beginners.
More information on the Cross-Country National Series can be found here.
2023 Cross-County National Series
- Round 1: Leadmines, Dublin – May 7th
- Round 2: Fermoy, Cork – May 21st
- Round 3: Fossa, Kerry – June 4th
- Round 4: Wicklow – June 18th
- Round 5: Bree Hill, Wexford – July 2nd