May and Dawson Solo to Victory at the 2023 Cross-Country National Championships

Posted in: Cross Country
By Gavin Quinn, Communications Officer, Cycling ireland
Jul 24, 2023 - 6:14:50 PM

Caoimhe May and Chris Dawson soloed to victory at the Cross-country National Championships on July 23rd at Bellurgan Park.

Hosted by Bellurgan Wheelers, both May and Dawson retained their national titles from 2022 in impressive style.

Caoimhe May

Right from the start, May opened up a lead which grew bigger with each lap to ultimately take a convincing lead. The Orwell Wheelers rider has shown great form winning each round of the National Series that she competed in. Junior rider Áine Doherty finished in second place while Hannah McClorey rounded off the podium.

Chris Dawson

Dawson proved much too strong for his competitors finishing some five minutes ahead of his nearest rival. It was a much closer race between Dean Harvey and Darnell Moore with Harvey taking second place in the end by 21 seconds.

In the junior men's race Travis Harkness and Curtis Neill had a tight battle over the first two laps with Harkness leading the race however an unfortunate mechanical in the third lap cost him dearly. Neill went on to take the win, with Harkness finishing in second place and Jake White in third place.

Faith Robinson took victory in the U16 girls race while Curtis McKee won in the U16 boys race.

It was a close battle between Rian McCrystal and Caleb McGreevy with McCrystal taking the win in the end in the U14 boys.

In the masters categories, Lindsey Watson won the M30 category, Brian Melia picked up the M40 win while the M50 category winner was Robin Seymour. In the M60 demo race, David Lawless took the win.

Images courtesy: Inpho Photography

Full results can be found with link at bottom of page.

2023 Cross-country National Championships Preview

Excitement is building ahead of the 2023 Cross-country National Championships, hosted by Bellurgan Wheelers on July 22nd and 23rd.

Taking place in Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth, along a tough and demanding course, the best cross-country riders in the country will do battle for the honour of being crowned an Irish national champion.

A host of non-championship races across youth categories will take place on Saturday, July 22nd, to kick off a bumper weekend before nine national championships categories ranging from U14 to senior men and women as well as the M40, M50 and M60 categories on Sunday, July 23rd.

It's been an exciting cross-country season so far with the successful running of the Cross-country National Series (Irish Cross-country National Points Series) in a host of venues around Ireland as riders now target the prestigious national champion's jerseys across a variety of categories.

More information on the 2023 Cross-country National Championships can be found in the Technical Guide here.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the championships:


Bellurgan Park, Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 FP86, Ireland.

The sign on will take place in centre of the Bellurgan Park. Non-championship races: The registration desk opens at 4:30 pm on Saturday, July 22nd.

Championship races: The registration desk opens at 9 am on Sunday, July 23rd. Riders must collect their race numbers no later than 15 minutes before the start of each race.

Race Schedule And Practice Times

Race schedules for Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd



Quotes Corner

Bellurgan Wheelers said:

"Bellurgan Wheelers are delighted to be hosting the National Championships once again. Bellurgan park is a gem of a course, and we feel very lucky to be able to use it. Good luck to all the competitors."


Full Results

Full results can be found link here...