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5 Festive MTB Treats

Posted on December 18, 2018 @ 3:19 PM in Mountainbiking

1. Sign up for the Christmas Trail Quest at Castlewellan Forest Park

This fun yet challenging quest takes you around the Castlewellan MTB trails, alongside the stunning scenery of the surrounding Castlewellan Forest Park. The quest will give you the opportunity to test your MTB skills, as well as planning, navigation, and teamwork.

A 2-hour maximum event, the Quest is suitable for Novice and Experienced cyclists alike, and you can enter as a Solo rider or a Team of any number (including families).

Find out more about this event here, and you can book online by following this link:

Essential details:

  • Friday 28th December 2018; 10:00-13.00
  • £10/£7 advanced booking online only - ***closing date extended to 5pm on the 27th December*** - PLEASE NOTE PRE-BOOKING IS REQUIRED THIS YEAR

For friends not questing (your team support), whilst not out and about spectating, the Life Adventure centre will be open with fire roaring and both fresh coffee and free Wifi flowing!

As a Quest participant you'll also get complimentary use of the trailside centre with changing/hot showers and access to the cosy coffee dock with free Wifi.


2. Visit a new trail centre this Winter

Why not visit a new MTB trail centre that you’ve never been to before this Winter in Northern Ireland? Whether it’s one of the national trail centres like Rostrevor, regional centres such as Blessingbourne, or a local MTB facility like Tollymore, there’s plenty of mountain-biking opportunities to explore in Northern Ireland.

There’s also two brand new trails in Gosford Forest Park that are officially opening to the public in January 2019. Start the New Year off by exploring two brand new trails. Discover the wider Gosford Forest by following the Green or Blue graded family mountain bike trails, including optional technical sections, a Skills Loop and a Pump track.

Check out the trails here!


3. Ride out with the squad to the local

Meet up with friends that are home for Christmas or maybe take a friend out to the trails that hasn’t mountain-biked before – then treat yourselves to a few après-ride pints and well well-deserved grub. Remember that the trails are 100% free to use, and you can check trail conditions before you go on

MountainBikeNI has a range of suggestions for food and drink options available here that are close to the three National MTB trail centres in Northern Ireland: Davagh, Rostrevor, and Castlewellan, alongside suggestions for accommodation if you want to stay over close to the trails.


4. Vote in the MountainBikeNI Awards

The MountainBikeNI Awards celebrate the very best of Mountain Biking in Northern Ireland.  This year, MountainBikeNI has teamed up with official sponsors Chain Reaction Cycles to showcase all things great about Mountain Biking in Northern Ireland. 

This year we have also included two brand new categories; “Best Squad Leader" which recognises the person in your group always hounding friends to get out on the bike; and “Trail Centre You’re Most Looking Forward to Riding”. 

Vote here for your favourite MTB trail sections, favourite MTB cafes and accommodation, best MTB event of 2018 and more to be in with a chance of winning a Garmin VivoSmart Heart Rate and GPS Activity Tracker.

Voting closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 6th January.

Good luck to everyone nominated!


5. Enter MountainBikeNI’s competition to win this amazing prize!

Win 3 Top Prizes from Chain Reaction Cycles! Fill in your details here to be in with a chance of winning a Muc-Off Premium 3 Step Valet Kit; a LifeLine Pavo 2000L Front Light, and a LifeLine Aero Beam 25 Lumen Rear Light.

The winner will be selected on Monday 14th January at 12pm and will be contacted via email.

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

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