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Mountain Biking Memories

Posted on December 2, 2020 @ 11:24 AM in Mountainbiking

Memories have a funny way of slipping away from us unless we think about them from time to time. With Christmas approaching rapidly (and in the backdrop of that thing we'll not mention), we thought it was a good time to look back at some of your favourite memories on the bikes. Get the mulled wine out and enjoy some notalgia as told by you guys!


Oh the stories I could tell about how mountain biking has changed my life and is now keeping my four year old son fit and entertained during C19. I lived in Tenerife for 8 years which is where I got into mountain biking.

I went on a tour from the top of Mount Teide (the Volcano) down to the sea. Weirdly I ended up doing it as a job with tourists part time and fell in love with mountain biking. Through a chain of events I ended up back in Belfast and began work as a youth worker and again, oddly, I completed a course to become a CTC MB trail leader and would regularly bring young offenders out on all the trails in NI day and night trail riding. As well as doing it for my own sanity and the pure joy and thrill of it.

My favourite memory has to be bringing my son AlfieBear down to the Castlewellan trails for his first ever session to see how he would get on. We started at the pump track and his interest began...

Not going to lie, Alife already looks more confident here than I was my first time round a pump track

We never left the pump track for over an hour and then toured around the lower level trails. He absolutely loved it and has really taken to it. I was super chuffed and so proud. He has now been mountain biking in Castlewellan, Barnett Demesne and Tollymore to name a few. I wonder is he to young to do the 27k red trail in Rostrevor?

I love what MTBing has done and continues to do for me and my family - the wife also loves it as she gets to stay at home and watch the Housewives of Harlem or something!

Happy Trails Peeps.



I haven’t been into MTBing for that long but this day up at Davagh Forest has been the best so far. Can’t wait to return.

Sometimes it's the simple days out that can mean the most.


My favourite memory was definitely riding the downhill tracks in Andorra with my 7 year old son!



Any day I'm out with my son and the old boys - but this one beats them all. It was my son's birthday, we took a lads trip to Rostrevor, taking my sons birthday cake up to Kodak Corner.

(We wouldn't have believed it if we hadn't seen the evidence - amazing that it stayed in one piece!)

This picture just makes us happy.


We had a super day out on hired e-bikes from Life Adventure Centre at Castlewellan early in October. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to zip up the hills and trails round Castlewellan lakes.

E-bikes have become a game changer for getting more people onto the MTB Trails

Certainly something I couldn’t usually do if I relied on my own puff!  



Besides my KOM at Yellow Water last week it has to be Redbull Rampage in 2003! Still buzzing!

Anyone else feel their palms get sweaty if they stare at this too long?

Glyn is still rocking the MTB world - check out his Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup.



Just that one time in band camp, when I did 4 days in the Alps. Haven’t got on a bike since, scarred for life!

Despite the fear in Liam's face here, he's still following MountainBikeNI on Facebook, so we reckon he secretly enjoyed it!

You can follow us too! Tell us about any of your future memories - find MountainBikeNI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

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