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OFF-ROAD EVENTS Last Updated: 9 Sep 2021 - 8:01:40 PM

Garden Shed UK – Ribble – Verge Sport, confirmed for Clonmel cross
By Ciara O’Shea, Cycling Ireland
3 Sep 2021,

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Garden Shed UK – Ribble – Verge Sport, first international team to confirm participation in Cross Clonmel



The UK based team Garden Shed UK – Ribble – Verge Sport have confirmed that they are sending a strong team of junior riders to Clonmel for UCI racing on the 17th of October. The team was launched in 2019 with the aim of supporting Junior and U23 riders and helping them progress to professional teams, previous riders Katie Scott and Dan Barnes both graduating to UCI teams.

Team principle Debbie Young said they are very excited to be sending 3 junior riders to Cross Clonmel. The aim is to chase as many UCI points as possible early in the season to help all riders qualify for the World Championships later in the season in the USA. Debbie also stated that they were very appreciative of the fact that Verge Sport were the teams clothing sponsor since its inception and were keen to support a race that Verge Sport were so heavily involved in running.

Oli Akers, winner at the Koppenbergcross and Youth National Series will spearhead the team and will be joined in the junior men's race by Nathan Smith who was 9th at Tabor World Cup last year. Former U14 national champion Libby Bell will take part in the women’s junior race.



Press Release 27 August

UCI racing will come to the Co Tipperary town of Clonmel over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of October with the first edition of the world ranked Cross Clonmel. The race builds on successful previous editions of the race that was part for the Munster Cyclo Cross league and will be hosted by Clonmel Cycling Club.

As the only world ranked cyclocross event to be held in Ireland in 2021 this will be the biggest race in the country and will look to attract riders from home and abroad in search of valuable world ranking points.

The race will be held in Powerstown Park in Clonmel the famous racehorse and coursing venue which provides an ideal setting that gives a challenging course and ideal transport links to make sure its not a long way to Tipperary!

There will be UCI ranked races on the 17th for junior men and womens and elite men and women. There will be a large focus on underage racing during the weekend with a full complement of underage age races on both the 16th and 17th. There will be M40, M50 and M60 races and support races on the 17th as well as an additional support race on Saturday the 16th for all categories who want a leg loosener before the big races on the Sunday.

The races have attracted sponsorship from a broad range of companies who will be announced shortly.

Entries will open soon on the Cycling Ireland portal, any international riders who wish to take part are asked to get in touch with race organiser John Dempsey on j.dempsey@vergesport.com



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