I believe there was an article in today's sunday times about mountainbiking in Ireland. Anybody have a link to it or give a brief synopsis of it?
Hang on. Let me pop down to londis and grab the paper. Oh. I forgot it was one in the morning.
Thanks for that useful post. Well done.
Basically a very short article saying that Coillte were planning to build 11 new MTB Trail Centres in Ireland ..... in the future!
Thanks. Were any locations specified? I presume they took full credit for this initiative. Nothing to do with the fact that the mtb community were crying out for this for the last 10 years.
There's also a two page spread in the Sunday slip in tabloid size supplement, basically it's a feature piece by Heather Graham about MTB in Ireland with a few panels on gear and the official tracks around Ireland.
Three new locations mentioned in the other article are Letterkenny, Slieve Blooms and Dungarvan.
Actually, now that I think of it, I have a brother in law that works for Coillte and he was telling me that the main thing holding up the track in the Slieve Blooms is a pair if Hen Harriers.
Personally I'd think with the current situation vis selling off Coillte, they will be doing everything they can to enhance their appeal to the community and reduce the risk of being privatised.
Not sure the "MTB community" really gives a toss about Trail Centres unless they were all of the quality of Ballyhoura! Far more important, IMHO, to sort out the access issues! In theory every time we ride on Coillte lands we are breaking the law!
Good point, but there is potential to make more interesting trails like in Scotland and Wales where you havethem graded blue, red, black etc rather than the sanitised procession that is ballyhoura.
letterkenny and slieve blooms were metioned as locations .only glanced at the article but considering the sleive blooms one has been proposed for years i wouldnt hold my breath. (and dont coilte still have a by-law banning bikers ?)
Here's a scan of the article...
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I think Failte Ireland and the tourist board are playing a bigger part in this than Coillte. They are trying to promote Ireland as an "adventure tourism" destination ala New Zealand. Coillte just happen to be the ones that own the land.
The standards of trail design and building would want to increase dramatically for trail centres in Ireland to be able to compete with the likes of what they have in Scotland, never mind NZ...
Coillte think that tourists will want to come to Ireland for the trails in Ticknock?
They should have a look at a proper trail center system:
Yeah, its a shame, the potential is there but as usual its a case of lions led by donkeys.