Excitement is building ahead of the first-ever UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup stage to be hosted in Ireland on Sunday December 11th. The best in the world will take on a special purpose-built course in the Sport Ireland Campus in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
With exceptionally strong demand for tickets, it’s set to be a brilliant occasion for all ages to attend and enjoy an action-packed day of racing. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Dublin:
Adult tickets will cost €15 in online presale until December 10th and are available to buy here.
Tickets will be available on the day for €18.
Children under the age of 12 years old can attend free of charge without the need for a ticket, an I.D. for proof of age may be required.
Women’s Junior Race – 9.30 am
Men’s Junior Race – 11.00 am
Women’s Elite Race – 12.40 pm
Men’s Elite Race – 2.10 pm
*All times are local time.
The start lists for the Cyclo-cross World Cup races are expected to be published on Tuesday, December 6.
However, Team Jumbo Visma rider Wout Van Aert has confirmed his Cyclo-cross programme for the remainder of the year, with the Dublin stage included in his schedule for the rest of the year.
Van Aert is one of Cycling and Cyclo-cross’ brightest lights and has been in flying form over the past year, winning a remarkable nine of his ten Cyclo-cross events last winter.
A prolific road cyclist, the Belgian comfortably won the Tour de France points classification along with three stages over the summer.
World Champion Tom Pidcock has also joined the list of high-profile names on the start line.
One of cycling’s rising stars, the 23-year-old is Olympic champion in cross country mountain biking and won a stage at the 2022 Tour de France.
Pidcock and Van Aert are expected to be right at the forefront of the action on December 11th in a star-studded line-up in Dublin.
In the elite Women’s race, an array of talented riders is set to descend on Dublin. Series leader Fem Van Empel of the Netherlands will be looking to extend her advantage over compatriot Puck Piterse. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado has scored consistently throughout the series lying in third place after seven rounds and is also expected to line up in Dublin.
Spectators will have access to parking at the M3 Parkway Dunboyne and TUD Blanchardstown on a park and ride basis, more information on specific parking arrangements for ticket holders will be emailed directly to ticket holders.
There will be no available parking for spectators on the Sport Ireland Campus for the event. A free shuttle bus service will be available for drop off & collection from the Sport Ireland Campus for the duration of the event for ticket holders availing of the external carparking facilities.
Disability parking is available on the Sport Ireland Campus and is located at the FAI building.
There will be limited availability for camper parking on the Sport Ireland Campus for the event. A link will be made available to avail of this parking in due course with a small fee applicable.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIONS
- 38 or 38A – from O’Connell Street/ Hawkins Street in the City Centre to Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.
- N4 – from POINT VILLAGE to Snugborough Road
- 40D – to Rosemount Business Park
Maynooth service from Connolly to Maynooth stops at Castleknock train station.
35 minute walk to Sport Ireland Campus
There will be a Fan Zone area located right beside the Cyclo-cross World Cup course with music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Skill Zone: A Skill Zone will offer children a chance to practice their cycling skills under the tutelage of Cycling Ireland coaches. Bikes and helmets suitable for children under 12 years old will be provided.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
There will be a food & beverage offering in locations across the Sport Ireland Campus for the duration of the event.
See below the map of the event site, further information can be found HERE