Ireland to host 2011 Single Speed World Championship

Ballyhoura trail in Shannon confirmed as venue

The 2011 Single Speed World Championship will be held at Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails in Ireland’s Shannon region.


The event, which takes place on 27 August, is expected to attract 500 competitors from more than 30 countries. They can use any type of bike, so long as it only has one gear.

This year’s race was held in Rotorua, New Zealand and was won by local rider Garth Weinberg (Niner/Bike Vegas team), who rode a Niner Air 9 Carbon 29er mountain bike.

To win the right to host the 2011 event, Tomas Madigan, joint CEO of Sports Ai, had to compete in a sports event in New Zealand, where he beat rivals from South Africa and Italy.

Madigan said: “Since 1999 the event has attracted participants from throughout the globe and we’re delighted to be able to bring hundreds of competitors to the south-west next August, bringing a much needed boost to the local economy.”

Ballyhoura mountain bike trails, located on the county borders of limerick, tipperary and cork in ireland, will host the 2011 single speed world championship:
James Porteous

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails, located on the county borders of Limerick, Tipperary and Cork in Ireland, will host the 2011 Single Speed World Championship


UK championships

In other fixed- and single-gear news, the 17th UK Singlespeed Championships will take place in South East England in 2011, at a venue and date that are still to be confirmed. 

Heading the organising team is Aidan Harding, who has ridden both the 2,745-mile Tour Divide and the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational on a singlespeed.

The race will apparently include “all your favourite Bs: beer, beards, bikes, bizarre competitions and a bloody good time”. For details, visit