19/05 NPS #2 2024

Date: Sunday 19 May 2024
Event: NPS XC Round 2
Venue: Leadmines, Dublin
Host club: EPIC MTB

Course location
Address – Carrickgollogan Forest, Murphy’s Lane, Barnaslingan, Co. Dublin
Co-ordinates – 53.220534, -6.168973
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Google Maps – here

Course Description: (required)

Start will be on a gravel track heading uphill with the leadmines chimney on the horizon. At the top of the hill you head into the trees for some rooty single track. Twisty, berms, jumps, rocks on the descent. Out onto wide fire road before heading into a technical climb which is wide enough for passing. Lung buster. Back into the trees for some more single track. Lots of it with tight turns and narrow gaps between the trees. More climbing and then a technical downhill. Cross the lane and into the trees again. Lots and lots of single track. A challenge to maintain speed and few places to take a drink. Out onto the gravel path for a sprint finish to the line.
Course video – here.


There is no camping on site. We ask you to (where possible) leave your campervans at home for this round. The road access is narrow, and we want to minimise the impact on the local community.

Race Timing: Laptop timing for Under 8s up to Seniors

Race Timetable: 
09:00 – Sign on opens
10:00 – Under 6s fun race
10:15 – Under 8s
10:30 – Under 10s
10:50 – Under 12s
11:15 – Prize giving for U8s, U10s and U12s
12:00 – Under 16s, Senior 4 open, Senior 1 women, Senior 2 women, Senior 3 women, Under 14s
13:30 – Prize giving for U14s, U16s, S1 women, S2 women, S3 women and S4 open
14:00 – Senior 1 open, Juniors,  Senior 2 open, Senior 3 open
15:45 – Prize giving for S1, S2 and S3 open and Juniors


Under 6 race
The Under 6s race is just for fun. It is an introduction to off-road racing. Parents can run alongside. It is all about the achievement of starting and finishing. If your child can complete the course with ease and is ready for the next challenge please have them try the Under 8s race instead. There is no lower age limit on the Under 8s race.

Practice times
Saturday 18 May 2024 between 14:00 and 16:00
Sunday 19 May 2024
For the main course
09:00 – 11:45
13:15 – 13:45

Riders must have their race numbers on their bikes before they go out to practice.
The venue will be open from 8:30 am on Sunday 19 May 2024.
Note: There is no practice allowed on any other day before the race.

Location of registration desk and opening times:
Sign on will take place at the race village. Signage will be in place to direct riders to the race village and sign on area.
NOTE: There are no registrations on the day – only race number collection.
The registration desk opens at 9:00 am on Sunday 19 May 2024.
Riders must collect their race number at least 15 minutes before the start of their race.

Race numbers:
Race numbers will be supplied by the organiser which should be placed secured onto the handlebars in a way which makes it clear for timekeepers to read.
Riders must not cut, fold or mutilate race numbers.
Race numbers must be handed back at the completion of your race.

Feed / Technical Assistance Zones (F/TA):
We will have 2 feed / technical zones on site. Before the finish line, and on the lower fire road.

Gridding will be based on UCI points and the results from the series to date.

Pre-registration: – Open 
Closes Friday 17 May 2024 (8 pm)
Link to registration is given here.

Notes: Ensure bicycles are in good working order and that bar-ends have been fitted.
No electric bikes or motorised bicycles permitted.
No cyclo-cross bicycles permitted.

First aid location: An ambulance will be located on the fire road, near the finish line.

Prizes: Medals for top 3 boys and girls in Under 8s to Seniors.  Under 6s to Under 12s to also get a goodie bag.

Car parking: There are 2 carparks on site. Parking is limited. Please park responsibly. Please car pool or ride up if you can.
Toilets: Portable toilets will be on site.
Bike wash: No
Catering: (required)
Gazebos: We have NO space on site to accommodate Team Gazebos.

Race organiser: David Meredith (email)
Contact number: (tbc)