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The Difference You Can Make In Mountain Biking

Posted on September 1, 2016 @ 1:50 PM in Mountainbiking

Mountain biking and volunteering are not necessarily something that you might immediately think go hand in hand. Yet in the last month alone we've had several stories of the positive impact that it has had in the mountain bike world.

What some may consider to be a fairly simple act of volunteering makes a real difference. John Howard, the trail ranger for Davagh Forest recently explained the importance that trail volunteers make.

"There is a great trail network in Davagh, with a lot of kilometres of riding... so to maintain trails, it's very important to get volunteers on board, especially on the red trails where it’s more remote and harder to get the materials in.

 

John went on to say that because of the volunteers that helped on Davagh Dig Day, they were able to shift "Up to 13 tonne" of dust and stones onto trails, to help repair them. There's no doubt that it's hard work, but the payoff that all mountain bikers get is enormous.

The pictures below from the recent Castlewellan Maintainence Day show our most recent batch of volunteers. You’ll notice two of them look a little younger than usual; Jack and Oliver had a great time and – despite falling foul of a wasp nest – are eager to come back to help out at the next session.

 

Another significant story comes from something which you might have seen on our social media.

Cross Country for Cavan was an event set up initially by Michael Crone, to help raise money for a potentially life changing operation for Cavan O'Neill; the three-year-old son of a friend of his, who was born with a type of cerebral palsy.

 

Michael set about riding every trail in Ireland, north and south, and asked other riders to do the same while raising funds for Cavan. With the help of Michael, and everyone who joined him, Cavan met his target and is now awaiting his operation.

You can follow his journey here.

Mountain biking in Northern Ireland has come a long way in the past few years, since the first official trail opened at Blessingbourne Estate. In part because there was already a strong network of people working together early on. Our volunteers help to keep our trails well maintained and the presence on them strong. They support good causes and help each other out.

 

To join the team, visit the MountainBikeNI website.

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

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