All-Ireland BMX Championship at Ratoath BMX Track 29-9-13

October 3, 2013

All Ireland BMX Championship 2013

Ratoath had an All-Ireland of its own.Yes that’s right, the All-Ireland BMX Championship it was held on Sunday the 29th of September. 100 riders turned up to compete from all over the country North, South, East and West it was a great turn out. Racing Family’s turning up on the day, with lots to do, a Bouncy Castle, Girls V Boys Dancing Competition with the help of our local DJ and of course the Strider Race for our younger stars. 


Once again, all the prayers paid off with the sun shining down on Shay McNally, factor 50 for him for the next race. The racing kicked off with the under 6 Boys showing how courageous they are heading down the first straight at full pace. It was a great battle with a full gate (8) heading into the first corner, in the end it was James Wood who took first place it must a proud day for Mam & Dad to have the youngest All-Ireland BMXer living in their House well done to all the guys.

The under 7 boys were next. Guess what happened Paddy Power wouldn’t even give you odds on Corey not wining, next it was Callum Clancy, Charlie Jackson and Cal Gilmer. Under 8 Boys saw more close racing it was Adam Gillen’s first ever race he finished 4th overall Ruben Smith (ECR) took the win Jack Nally 2nd Ruben Byrne 3rdand Alex Hall just behind Adam. Under 9 boys was won by Ryan Quinn from DC BMX then Lee, Aaron, Calvin and Niall Davis who got bucked off his horse on the first straight in one of the Moto’s it was good to see him back for the last race well done Niall what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Boys 10 was won by Morgan Kearney, Cian O Sullivan 2nd Zack Costello 3rd and Luke Kennedy from Lisburn BMX club in 4th  

Under 11 boys Daniel Barker won all his Moto’s taking his All-Ireland medal home to his hard working Daddy the other riders finished in this order Ross Callaghan, Shane Rowe, Alex Nally, Adam Jackson, Lucas Kane and Nathan Hall.

Boys 13 saw Kate Larkin mixing it up with the boys so no pressure lads, Kate did brilliantly all day and like we said before, we need more Girls racing, so bring a friend Boys and Girls, this race was won by Adam Davis, Leon Curley 2nd and Jason Rowe in 3rd

Junior Men (11 riders) this was a new age group for the Championship with some great racing, the guys were pushing themselves to the limit it was great to see how smooth the were over the jumps, well done Lads the 1st place medal and the number one jersey went to Eoin Corrigan we will be seeing him at the Cycle Ireland Awards. Aaron Edwards was second then Aaron Steacy, Killian, Sam, Aaron Kelly, Jake, John, Adam Fynes, David smiler Dorney and Tom Gordon. 

Next up the Under 7 Girls ( 6 Riders) this was a great group to watch the girls did us proud never giving up and pushing right  to the end. Shanna Byrne (DC) took first place followed by Chloe Steacy (DC) Chloe Byrne (DC) Ava Wyer (Rat) Skyla Nally (Rat) and Ava Quinn (Rat).Girls 8-10 had 5 riders it finished up like this Abby Steacy(DC) got first then Shauna Rowe (DC), Aimee Smith (ECR) Jade Gaffney (Rat) Alannah Carolan (Rat)

Senior Women: We had a great turn out of ladies. After a days coaching from Allison Murphy the Girls were ready for anything, well  maybe not Katie O Neill she finished 1st and got her green jersey for Jnr Women, Silvia Gallagher also got the green Jersey for the Snr Women,Alex Malone was third then Kate Rudd, Kayleigh Gibbons, Eilish Bradshaw and Jenny O Grady. Most of the Ladies had their first ever BMX race in Ratoath today and boy did they do well so hurry back Girls we want to see more.

The Elite Men

The 30 + guys joined up with the Elites to make this day a day to remember with 19 Riders in the group it made every moto an exciting one, it all came down to the A Final in the end. On the gate we had Eamonn, Lar, Ilmars, Ian, Kevin, Rod, Chad & Jackson. The gate dropped and Eamonn had nearly a full bike length by the bottom of the start gate  Lar knew he was going to have to dig deep and he pulled off a great move going into the first berm, the rest of the pack was bunched up right behind them, Kevin had a fall on the second straight Chad and Jackson had to move around him which split the group now the big guys had the track to themselves it was Lar, Eamonn, Ilmars, Rod and Ian going into the third straight. Lar held on and took the WIN followed by Eamonn, Ilmars, Ian, Rod (30+) Chad and Jackson. Well done to all 19 riders for taking part and for putting the future of BMX firmly in the minds of Cycle Ireland.


So that’s it now just to say thanks to everybody who helped out you know who you are. Oh ye there was a Cruiser race ” enough said”… It was great to see parents and friend cheering on the riders, you could see peoples jaws dropping when Stephen Kane and Skyvidpro were taking shots on the third straight of our guys showing their skills I couldn’t pick all the photos so log on to our FB page to see the rest.

Thanks to Shay McNally and all the crew, a special mention to Go-Pro Gillen get well soon we miss your shots. Thanks to Cycle Ireland for supporting Irish BMX.

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