Ready to take your mountain biking to a new level? Our mountain bike training course for the advanced rider enables the rider to hone their skills and deal with problem areas. To a large extent this training course is tailor made for the particular group and allows for a more personalised programme to benefit the rider as much as possible. The majority of the day is spent on single track and will focus on advanced techniques such as line selection, large drop offs and riding at speed. Course schedules are posted in the Events Section. To book a place on our courses please complete the form in the bookings section.
It can be daunting starting anything new. We have put together our beginners section to help you get started. We outline what you need to wear, bring and check before you set off on your first mountain bike trail. I genuinely believe that the best place to start is with your local club. People come to mountain biking with very different levels of skill.
We know a great deal of people on the trails are not members of a cycling club. Although our site is geared to non club members, we do believe that a great place to start for a beginner is with a local club. A club is also indispensable if you intend racing. We list over forty Irish mountain bike clubs from Antrim to Wicklow. So If you need to find your local club you can find it on MountainBiking.ie.
In response to the increasing demands for recreational forest use by mountain bikers, the Irish forestry company Coillte have developed a small number of purpose built mountain bike trails in some of their forests around Ireland. There has been widespread recognition throughout Europe of the importance of recreational forest use. So to some extent this box has been checked now by Coillte. We at MountainBiking.ie have ridden these trails and bring you reviews of Ballinastoe, Derroura, Ballyhoura and Portumna Trails and their facilities aswell as GPS Maps and Directions.
Mountain biking existed in Ireland for about 20 years before Coillte developed their professionally designed, purpose built trails. There are a dozens of trails that were used over the years, in some of the most breathtaking landscapes that Ireland has to offer. To ignore them would do Irish Mountain Biking a disservice and it would not accurately reflect mountain biking in Ireland. However as these trails are on privately owned land we cannot disclose their whereabouts and we cannot recommend that anybody uses them. Sufficed to say that these trails are built, used, removed, abandoned or worn away throughout the country regularly. Often their sections are quite elaborate and technical. When used by a novice they are unrideable but when the skilled rider takes to them true skill and athleticism is revealed.
One way to start riding the trails without shelling out a lot of cash for a mountain bike is to take one of our Try-It! guided mountain bike sessions. Just book your course and we will meet you on the trail with a top mountain bike and safety equipment.
I've been living in Sweden for the last seven years and when a mate of mine suggested going mountain biking on a recent return to Ireland, it seemed like a great idea. Now, here's the thing - mountain biking looks easy but if you're coordination and balance is atrocious as mine, the sport is a bit trickier than you might think.