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K Cap Cup XC Mtb, Bunclody 7th April 2019

K Cap Cup, Bunclody, 7th April 2019

Racing795 hosted Round 2 of the exciting K Cap Cup cross country mountain bike series in Deerpark Old near Bunclody on Sunday. Round 1 was held in Belmont Demesne, Round 3 will take place in Djouce next Sunday, 14th April. Sign up here.

There were races for all ages from under 6, all the way up to over 60s. Top honours went to Klaudia Bajolek in the senior ladies race, with Robin Seymour taking win for the senior men.

Racing795 had some success on home ground. Lorraine Byrne came second in the ladies race while Ross Moorhead and David Conway were first and third in the men’s B race. David Furlong and Jamie Conway also placed well.

Junior racers Jamie Conway and Isobel Furlong both won in their age categories, and Orla Conway was second in her race.

Full Results (provisional)

Photos by Gareth Gibbons available here

Racing795 would like to thank:

Robin Seymour and Evan Ryan for inviting us to be part of the series and helping to organise.
Mark Kenny, sponsor of the K-Cap series.
Coillte for the venue.
Noel and Avril Deacon for the parking. 
John Lambert and Slieve Bui MTB for the use of their equipment to prepare the course.
Tim from Woodbrook Coffee for keeping us all fed and watered.
All the competitors young and old.
All the trail workers, and most especially, the marshals who make every 795 event a happy place to be.

Don’t forget to sign up for Round 3 –  which will be hosted by EPIC MTB on Sunday 14th April
Learn more at the K Cap series Facebook page


A few of the podium photos:



Event Info

Racing795 has a thrilling course lined up for 7th April, with some testing climbs and classic singletrack.  The lap is approximately 7km. “A” riders will do 3 laps while the “Bs” will do 2 laps.  Preliminary timings suggest that race duration will be similar to Belmont, i.e. in the ballpark of 1hr 30mins for most riders.

Timetable for Sunday 7th April, 2019

Sign-on from 9:30
10:30 – U6 & Strider race
10:45 – U8 race
11:00 – U10 race
11:15 – U12 race
12:30 – A/B/Youth/Ladies races

Venue Map (click image to enlarge)

Course profile

Directions from Dublin to Round 2
Follow the M7/M9 from Red Cow out of Dublin. Where the M7 and M9 diverge keep left for the M9, signposted Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny. Next take Junction 5 off the M9, keeping left to head for Bunclody. You are now on the N80 for about 20 mins, passing through the village of Ballon. Driving down the hill into Bunclody take the right turn towards Mt Leinster opposite Supervalu. Event location is 5 km out this road at the first Coillte forest entrance. Please follow marshal directions to parking.

Maps: Red Cow to Bunclody | Bunclody to Race Venue




Lorraine Byrne hits the podium!

NPS XC round 1 in Slade Valley

Race report by David Furlong

“The usual R795 order remains the same in the S3 ranks, McElwee, DC, me, Jim. Ciara had a puncture and Miron did good in his first S4 race. of course Lorraine was the star, on the podium in 3rd (aren’t you on Facebook…. :o ). Rudolf, now back racing with EPIC was 3rd in S2 which was a great achievement in a really tough category

Hard race in good conditions, great to be at it again…now for more training, I’ll catch them feckers before the year is out!

Results: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dwqf0vc729o37 … _IMBRC.pdf“”

Lorraine Byrne on her way to capturing 3rd!

Lorraine Byrne on her way to capturing 3rd!

Ballyhoura – Biking Blitz Race Series 2014

Race report by Nigel McCord

Myself , Keith , Lorraine and Miron headed off this morning on our 2 and a half hour spin down ( big thanks to David F for a loan of his bike trailer ) , weather was brilliant all day , great talks on the way with the lovely scenery of snow capped mountains .

Arrived with enough time to do a small rece run and warm up of the final piece of single track , unfortunately we took the easy turn off on the final exit corner which would be me and Keith’s down fall later in the race .
Race starts and Brian was away with the Super Pros , Miron headed off on his charge and was in my sights for 3\4 of the race , Lorraine and me followed with Keith following up the rear . after awhile we were spread out and i tried to reel in Miron but he was gone .. I got a feckin cramp on the first section of Boardwalk and had to stop up for awhile , mean while Lorraine took a nasty fall with Keith following , she said to him to go on . he started on his charge and reeled me in on the final km , all I heard behind me was `Well Lad` …. he scared the be jasus out of me , OK pressure on now we flew along with me trying my best not to make a mistake and give him the lead , then he over shot a fire road cross over and I thought I was save , but bang there he was back on me wheel pushing me on and shouting …. ` First chance I get I,m taking ya …. Lad ` …. Then last turn 100ft from finish the final push up the loose gravel which we missed on our rece run ,I jammed in high gear and bike stops , Keith drives to the left and bang he’s off the bike jammed in gear also , next thing the 2 of us are running flat out up the hill and across the finish line with the crowd cheering …. Ah just brilliant it was . I think Keith got me by a wheel length , Miron was there waiting for us . Lorraine arrived soon after very sore , and then Brian a bit later in the Pros . overall a bloody great day and one to always remember . and yes Barry Byrne this Club defininty sucks you in ……….


Ballinastoe Biking Blitz 2014

Biking Blitz – Matt Seebach wins Baggy Shorts Category (1 full lap)

Race Report by David Furlong, 2nd February 2014

bikerMatt Seebach winner - Baggy Shorts Category - 1 full lap

We set off in Brian’s Venga Bus, trailer in tow, loaded up for action. Lots of talk of ass-whuppin etc… and Little Dave in the back suckin on his energy potion aka some 99c Aldi rice yoke. Brian Mc in the zone behind his dark shades giving nothing away, Tully all focused and Nigel with his big happy smile

We arrived and parked in the bestest muckiest spot, met our fellow travellers Ciara, Lorraine and Miron. Off to the start, heart attack city. DC was gone like the hottest of snots, the rice potion working a treat. Next Brian mC, then Tully and me.

Great close racing,for me I gradually reeled my man in and snook past him. DC and Mc were long gone. Deadly buzz of tight racing, having not done any mtb racing in 2013 it was great to be back!

In the Baggy Shorts, Nigel and Miron were a few mins apart, and Ciara on her debut performing admirably. Unfortunately Lorraine was caught out by mechanicals. But the biggest news was new member Mat Seebach taking the win! And local lady Sinead Walsh taking 2nd in the Ladies.

Thanks to Brian for driving and allowing us to wreck his van and my fellow travellers and clubmates for a deadly day out. Looking forward to the season ahead!

Now off for the wine and cheese…


Mt Leinster MTB Challenge – Results and thanks.

Thank you to everyone who came and took part in the Racing795 Mount Leinster MTB Challenge. It was an absolute pleasure to welcome you all to Bunclody.

We were blown away by the speed of the S1 racers at the sharp end. They just can’t help it, racing is in their DNA. “Not a race? I don’t understand.”

We were equally blown away by the achievements of some riders at the other end of the field. OK, they might have taken four hours to get around, but in another life they might have spent Sunday in bed or on a barstool.

Most of all, we were delighted with the way everyone got into the spirit of it. Fast or slow, tall or small, at the end of the day we’re all mountain bikers riding great trails in a beautiful country. It’s good to do it together once in a while.

Finishing times | A selection of photos

We’d like to thank…

Coillte, without whose ongoing support there would be no Racing795 MTB events

The Millrace Hotel for letting us take over for the day.

Spot prize sponsors:
Mount Wolseley Hotel
Rivers Edge Bar and Grill Bunclody
The Millrace Hotel
Giant Bicycles Dublin
Kenny’s for Bikes Enniscorthy
Revolve Bike Shop, Gorey.

Minx Design and Hogan Print for the event posters.

The Offroad Commission, in particular Maciej (Max Power) Staroniewicz, for online registration support.

SuperValu Bunclody for food supplies.

Order of Malta, Wexford Unit for providing ambulance cover.

Pat Kiely and the trials bike marshal team.

Wexford County Council for the traffic cones.

The Sun for shining.

Our own marshals. The best bunch of people one could ever have the privilege of working with.

XC NPS Round 5, Slade Valley, Dublin – 9th June 2013

Pushing through the pain! Photo: Adrian van der Lee

Rudolf Brinkman was our sole representative in this fast, dry, dusty race. The conditions obviously suited him as he came in a very impressive 7th place in the tough S2 category. What a difference a year makes, welcome back Rudolf! Here’s his brief summary of the race.

“Well the sun was out, the trails were dusty and there was some great racing in each category.

The start was very dusty with all the riders racing up the first fire road climb. Managed to get past a good few riders which meant I wasn’t eating dust any more. At this stage we dropped into a fast flowy descent on the open mountain followed by a new section through the wood. Fast fire road descent for a short while and more of the same type of descending with little jumps, bridges and berms.

There were a lot of roots on the track. With the super dry conditions this meant you could hit the roots hard and carry speed through the sections. Tyre pressure was crucial for that reason, too soft and you risked getting a blowout. To hard and the loose conditions on the descents could have you losing your front wheel. Well you wouldn’t “lose” it! The tyre will lose grip and you end up on your face!

4 laps in blistering heat and plenty of battles going on. Thanks to Conor of MAD who did my bottles. I couldn’t have done it without the feed zone. Drank nearly 2 liters of water during the race.

I had a good race. No crashes and felt good through the whole race. Managed to keep off 3 racers on the last lap. IMBRC did a excellent job designing and preparing the track. With the nice weather it was like racing somewhere in Spain.”


XC NPS Round 3, Ticknock, Dublin – 12th May 2013

Up and over – Rudolf and his new 29er (Photo by Peter O’Toole)

[Report by Rudolf Brinkman]

DC, Brian Mc, Ross and myself headed up to do this round of the XC National Points Series. This time it was in Ticknock Dublin. This trail is well known by a lot of mtb users because its a purpose built trail. The MAD trail builders used very little of this trail so it was a proper XC track. Steep technical climbing, wet and rooty descents followed by some rocky up and down bits.

I was starting in S2 for four laps. DC, Brian and Ross who were in the S3 catogorie were getting ready to do three laps.

To thin out the field there was a horrible road climb in to the first bit of single track. I was way in the back before hitting the first bit of track. With 4 laps in mind and a steep technical climb I was gonna ease into the first lap. That worked I started passing riders and kept my distance from riders in front of me before hitting any single track. Here I could close the gap and annoy them. Then slowly ride away on the climbs. On the third lap it was time for a gel. I only bought these a week ago and hadn’t had a chance to test them. It was disgusting and managed only a 1/4 of the gel, the rest went on the ground (sorry I couldn’t face putting a 3/4 full gel wrapper in my back pocket). On I went on the last lap and managed to pass two more riders getting me into a 15th place.

Brian stayed ahead of the chasing posse and Dave passed Ross on the steep road climb near the top.

Great 1.5 hr racing and a super xc course.

Thanks to Brian Yeates and son Ben for blowing the horn in support, just as we were hitting a fast bit of single track. Brilliant!!!