Ireland Mountain Biking

Ireland

Mountain biking in Ireland has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, particularly in regard to trail building. Three fantastic areas that have been purpose designed and built for cycling are the Ballyhoura, Ballinastoe and Derroura trails.

At Ballyhoura, try the Mountrussell loop, approximately 15 kilometres (nine miles) in length. The smooth and fluid singletrack winds through fragrant forestland and gives some nice technical twists and turns along the way with a bit of climbing, making this a better choice for the intermediate to advanced rider.

Ballinastoe is 15 kilometres (nine miles) of fire road and singletrack. Strategically placed pieces of granite and tight switchbacks, not to mention a number of exposed tree stumps, keep riders on their toes and demand excellent speed control. Rocky sections with mildly aerobic ascents provide interest in between sheltered, forested areas of lesser gradients. With its gentle and slower descents, the trail takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

The Derroura is a favoured trail amongst local riders; natural granite single track that snakes through lovely, unspoilt countryside and forest, easy rolling trail, moderate mountain climbs, gentle descents and miles of north shore. Descents on Derroura can be fast, but there is nothing overly technical in the entirety of the trail.

Take to the trails and give them a go! They are three of Ireland’s best.

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