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Meet your Trailhead Providers: Rostrevor

Posted on July 30, 2014 @ 12:23 PM in Mountainbiking

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails: East Coast Adventure

Founded in 1992, East Coast Adventure is one of Northern Ireland’s leading outdoor activity providers and opened their trailhead services with the launch of the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails in the summer of 2013. Located in the main car park, beside the Kilbroney Park Café, East Coast Adventure offer a range of mountain bike hire, tuition courses and the official uplift service for Rostrevor’s two Downhill Trails, Black & Red Cross Country Loops.

We caught up with East Coast Adventure’s Operations Director, Ian Cumming, to find out a bit more about Rostrevor’s official trailhead provider.

Ian Cumming

So Ian with the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails open just over a year now how have your team at East Coast Adventure settled in?
Our Team at East Coast Adventure have got to know the local riders well and formed relationships with many of our local service providers and stakeholders. We've created a great camaraderie amongst mountain bikers and have the one and only “Micheal” The Legend as the most famous uplift driver.

What was it that made East Coast Adventure passionate about setting up these trailhead services? Are you a mountain biker yourself?
I have been mountain biking since 14 years of age and over the years have developed a love for the sport, which has taken me all over the world racing and travelling. East Coast Adventure delivered mountain biking to our customers over 15 years ago originally based from “Big Wood” in the Narrow Water Estate and so it is great to be back in the sport again.

Ian Cumming

Are there any highlights that stand out from your first year operating at the Rostrevor trailhead?
We were able to provide uplift services to the Red Bull Fox Hunt and the World Police and Fire Games which were world class events not to mention Ireland’s IDMS National Championships all of which brought many spectators and followers of the sport out in force. The success of our young sponsored riders in Scotland and the kids “Mucky Pubs” Club have also been a real highlight for us.

idms rostrevor

Your uplift service caters the two downhill trails but do you find XC riders also using this service?
We noticed over the past 12 months that many cross country riders use the uplift service to skip out the initial big climb so they can enjoy the trails which offer spectacular views over Carlingford Lough. 

Your team are clearly passionate about mountain biking so are you doing anything to encourage younger kids to get involved in the sport?
East Coast Adventure has taken a group of five young riders each from different areas across to Scotland for the Scottish Power Mini Downhill Competition this year.  They had four weekends to compete in time trials in an effort to secure podium positions.  All five were successful and qualified and we gained two seconds and one forth position in the final which took place in Fortwilliam over the weekend of the UCI DH World Championships.  This was a great achievement and proved that with correct coaching and dedication a lot can be achieved especially by young people only new to the sport.

UCI World Cup

What lies ahead for East Coast Adventure?
We would like to see a lot more world class events taking place on the Rostrevor Trails as this promotes the trails and brings local and International visitors to the area.  We will continue to work with local clubs to develop the youth side of the sport in both downhill and cross country. East Coast Adventure wants to continue to provide a high level of service and welcome repeat customers and for the 2015 season, add downhill bikes to our fleet of mountain bikes and hopefully increase our uplift provision as demand increases.  We’ve recently opened Pod Accommodation to complement our Bunk House facilities and run a transfer service from here to the trailhead daily for visiting mountain bikers.

East Coast Adventure currently offer Bike Hire @ £20 per afternoon and £30 per full day in Rostrevor including helmet, pump, tube and repair kit. The uplift service operates seasonal service hours all of which are on their website www.eastcoastadventure.com. They offer tuition courses catering for children and adults with an interest in mountain biking and bike fitness with  bike maintenance, trail map reading, safety on the mountain and other aspects of using the trails is covered on each course.

Photos: East Coast Adventure & Dermot Sweeny

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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