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Tadhg Killeen is among the riders selected for the Team Ireland squad that will compete at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup the weekend after next (Photo: Damian Faulkner)

Cycling Ireland has selected 17 riders for the national team that will take on international opposition at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Dublin the weekend after next.

The riders, many of whom rode the recent European Cyclocross Championships in France, will compete in the events for junior men, junior women, U23 men and elite women.

Cycling Ireland said the selection was made by its Offroad Commission. While there will be other Irish riders in the races, they will compete in their club kit.

Aine Doherty, Aliyah Rafferty and Greta Lawless make up the junior women selection while six Team Ireland riders will take to the line in the junior men’s race; Joseph Mullen, David Gaffney, Conor Murphy, Cameron Henry, Michael Collins and Cal Tutty.

In the U23 men’s race, Dean Harvey, Jamie Meehan, Travis Harkness and Tadhg Killeen get the nod. An U23 women’s selection will compete in the elite women’s race. That team is comprised of Caoimhe May, Darcy Harkness, Roisin Lally and Doirean Kileen.

Adult tickets for Sunday’s race cost €17.50 while children under 12 years old can attend for free. However, you must book the children’s ticket online. You can book adult and free kids’ tickets by following this link. There are no tickets required for Saturday week, when the amateur and underage racing takes place on the same course the pros will ride the next day.

Cycling Ireland is hosting the day of amateur racing on Saturday, which will be a unique opportunity for riders to race around an international cyclocross course 24 hours ahead of the pros, U23s and juniors. The schedule of events on Saturday is as follows:

  • 12:00-12:40pm – U14 & U16 boys and girls races
  • 1:05-1:45pm – Senior, Women, M40, M50, M60 races
  • 2:00-4:00pm – Official UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup training

The Dublin round is just one of five rounds of the 2023-24 UCI Cyclocross World Cup that will have official World Cup racing for U23s, male juniors and female juniors.

The inclusion of junior and U23 racing is a major boost to the fixture – not that any boost was needed – and is a real vote of confidence by Flanders Classics in the Sport Ireland Campus venue, which will once against host the racing, and in the level of support for world class cyclocross in Ireland.

The move also offers a fantastic opportunity for up and coming Irish riders to compete on home soil on an Irish team against the best U23 and junior cyclocross riders in the world.

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