BREE Hill will be scoring a first for Wexford this year when it hosts that National Mountain Bike Championships (Downhill) on July 24.
Securing the competition date is a great achievement for the members of Bree Mountain Bike Club who have been racing on the hill for over 10 years.
The forthcoming national championship event will see the best riders in Ireland coming to the Wexford course over that weekend in July.
The current national champion, Jacob Dickson, is currently competing on the international stage at the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup series.
However, while the July event will firmly put the national spotlight on Bree this month will see the hill host another national event, round 4 of the National Points Series XC race.
A spokesperson for Bree Mountain Bike Club commented to the Enniscorthy Guardian: “This is one for the weight weenies, a real sufferfest of climbing, lots of climbing, and flowing descents.”
The event will take place on Sunday, June 19, and comes in the wake of the recent Grass Roots Enduro event which took place last month.
Securing three national events for the hill is a major coup for the local club but it's also a testimony to the fact that Bree is renowned across Ireland as one of the best mountain bike locations in the country with a really diverse network of trails.
“While many races have been hosted by the club down through the years, 2022 is the club’s biggest year to date with three national level races,” said the spokesperson.
“The main event will be the National Championships in July, in a beautiful corner of our county,” he added.
A new trail has been specially designed for that event and the skill, speed and dexterity on show from Ireland’s elite riders will offer an incredible spectacle for bikers and non-bikers alike.
“Spectators are welcome to both events and Bree MTB is always happy to welcome new members,” said the spokesperson.