Venues & dates are subject to confirmation.
The information on each venue should be used as a guide only. Each venue has natural trail that changes depending on ground conditions. Challenger category will be on a shorter lap with fewer stages. The stages may be the same as the main race or can be modified.
Round 1 – Castlewellan – 7/8th April 2018
Castlewellan has a reputation as being easy but don’t be deceived. We’ve always thrown in plenty of natural trails and the best parts of the trail centre to challenge any rider. The stages will be somewhat shorter than previous races as we plan to eliminate some of the pedally trail entre finishes, but not them all!!
Main race – 6 x 2-5min stages, 20km lap, fitness 7/10, skill 7/10
Challenger – 4 x 2-5min stages, 14km lap, fitness 6/10, skill 7/10
Round 2 – Bigwood – 12/13th May 2018
Bigwood near Warrenpoint is set in the grounds of the idyllic Narrow water Castle. Always the favourite on the circuit because of the easy transitions and natural flowy singletrack. Some new sections planned as always to keep the locals on their toes.
Main race – 6 x 2-6min stages, 18km lap, fitness 6/10, skill 8/10
Challenger – 4 x 2-6min stages, 13km lap, fitness 5/10, skill 8/10
Round 3 – Rostrevor – 23/24th June 2018
Rostrevor needs little introduction. Many high profile events have made Rostrevor the epicentre for Irish mountainbikers. A mix of natural trail and trail centre with sensational views of Carlingford Lough awaits you.
Main race – 5 x 3-6min stages, 24km lap, fitness 8/10, skill 8/10
Challenger – 3 x 3-6min stages, 16km lap, fitness 6/10, skill 8/10
Round 4 – Tollymore – 15/16th September 2018
Tollymore has it all. 100% natural flowing trails will take you to every corner of the forest. Having a reputation as the best place to ride in Northern Ireland we simply cant go wrong!
Main race – 5 x 3-5min stages, 22km lap, fitness 7/10, skill 8/10
Challenger – 3 x 3-5min stages, 15km lap, fitness 6/10, skill 8/10