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"NI Trails in the World" Eugene Laverty

Posted on October 14, 2014 @ 9:27 AM in Mountainbiking

In case you missed it, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails hosted World Superbike Championship rider Eugene Laverty last weekend. We thought we'd catch up with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki man from Toomebridge to find out what he makes of Northern Ireland's new mountain bike trails. 

Eugene Laverty

Was this your first time on the Rostrevor Trails? If so, what did you make of them?
I love going mountainbiking with my friends whenever I get the chance to return to Northern Ireland. Davagh Forest is our local so I've ridden there quite a few time whereas this was only my second time at Rostrevor. I love the red route as the way back down is a great reward for the tough climb up to the top.

Eugene Laverty

How does Rostrevor compare to other places you’ve mountain biked before?
In my eyes Northern Ireland is the best place in the world for mountainbiking. Strangely enough I don't get as much enjoyment when conditions are perfect as I find the trails more fun when they're a little slippery. More often than not the trails in Northern Ireland have some moisture on them which makes for much better riding conditions than dry, dusty trails.

Eugene Laverty

Should we expect to see you racing mountain bikes as well as superbikes in the future?
I'm improving every time I ride but my friends will assure you that I'm no aspiring pro MTB'er! I find it good for my sport because it's a great workout going both up and down hill. You need to keep your wits about you on the fast downhill sections and so it's good to keep my mind alert between races. I firmly believe that riding a bike of any sort, be it with an engine or without, helps to develop my bike handling skills.

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Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

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

1 comment has been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Andrew on October 14, 2014 @ 5:51 PM

Where are the New trails? Reds? Blues?

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