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Glyn O'Brien: Bring on the Hunt!

Posted on September 27, 2013 @ 11:21 AM in Mountainbiking

With the Red Bull Foxhunt taking place in Rostrevor this weekend, we caught up with local MTB legend Glyn O'Brien from First Tracks MTB to chat a little bit about the #rbfoxhunt and how he reckons the first summer has gone for this new flagship trail centre on the shores of Carlingford Lough, Northern Ireland. 

Red Bull Foxhunt

Looking forward to the Foxhunt this weekend? Third last time round, what do you reckon your chances are this year?

Yeah I have been looking forward to this one all season. There has been a lot of hype and with the huge entry list its obvious I am not the only one getting excited. 3rd last year was great for me on a track that didn't suit my style. This year its a full on downhill track so with a decent start who knows.

Have you been able to get up for a sneak preview of this year’s course? Thoughts?

I had a few test runs down it last week!! One could be tempted to ride a downhill bike with the nature of most of the track but with the start being so important its a tough call. Its nearly a 500m drop from the top of Slieve Martin down varied terrain so throw in 350 odd riders and you got a whole lota fun. 

Rostrevor, Courtesy of Think Studio

Image courtesy of Think Studio

You’ve had plenty of time to soak up everything the new trails in Rostrevor have had to offer this summer. On reflection, how do you feel these trails compare to other venues you’ve ridden across the world? 

Its hard not to be biased as I have been riding in Rostrevor most of my life and its right on my door step but biking sure has taken a turn for the better. Its cool to chat to people on the street and they have all heard about the new trails. People have really embraced the fact that mountain biking is for everyone and it has given so much back into the local economy. Rostrevor has surpassed all expectations in its first season but its important we stay ahead of the game.

Major MTB magazines are waxing lyrical about Rostrevor with thousands of people flocking to these trails every month. What do you think lies ahead for Rostrevor?

Geographically Rostrevor is in a very good position and it has a lot going for it outside of biking. I believe with the introduction of a phase 2 and developing a more extensive trail network we can create something very special. Blue and green graded trails are needed to attract beginners and families. A pumptrack and skills area is a facility that people now expect at every major trail centre so this should be implemented straight away. Rostrevor has always been renowned for its downhill tracks so additional tracks would be a welcome sight for repeat custom. Rostrevor has already proven itself with major events being ran successfully there. I hope this continues as  its fun to celebrate to the wider communities what is on offer.

Practice for this weekend's Red Bull Foxhunt takes place in Rostrevor on Saturday with the main event starting at 1pm on Sunday. Spectators are more than welcome so be sure to get down to the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails to check out this unique race.  


Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland ...it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

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