Bikeweek 2014 – Intro to MTB event @ Derroura Trails

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A nice way to round off our week of events with a Try Mountainbiking event on a sunny morming in Derroura on the longest day of the year.

A great turnout saw about 30 riders out on the trail with a good few newbies getting their first taste of our obsession…..I mean…sport and a full carpark in Derroura for the first time in a long time.

A little trail maintenance was required on the small loop to cut back some of the briars which led to some very surprised tourist walkers as they arrived to find a man passing machetes out of the back of a big red van to a group of waiting lads wearing helmets.

The TripAdvisor reviews should be interesting.

Again, thanks to everyone who helped out during Bikeweek 2014. Great work by all the club members to promote MTB and cycling in general.


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Club Spin – BikeParkIreland – Thursday 26th June


imag004 ConnemaraMTB_logo copyBikeParkIreland is open late Thursdays for the summer and it seems a shame not to take advantage.

The first ConnemaraMTB club trip to BPI will take place next Thursday 26th June from 6pm to 8:30pm. Be there before 5:30pm to allow plenty of time for sign on.

It’s €17 for the session and up need to book online in advance at the link below.

There’s a good mix of trails suitable for riders of all abilities so don’t be shy.




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Fat Tyre Night – Moycullen Bike Works & Unit6

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Another lovely summer evening brought another great Bikeweek event.

Moycullen Woods was full of bikers enjoying the warm weather on a mixture of rental bikes, loaners, full carbon Fat Bikes and yes, that small child on the balance bike again. Little Noah is in danger of becoming the club mascot at this rate.

The skatepark and pumptrack were very popular with lads who are old enough to know better giving it a go. Some were finding themselves back on a BMX for the first time in 30 years and some for the first time ever.

BMX, scooters, skateboards, balance bikes…anything that could roll was trying out the great facilities in Unit6 Skatepark.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out. Eric & Liz from MBW, Padraig and Chloe for running the BBQ, Connemara MTB members for providing trail guiding and instruction to anyone who needed it, Anthony for running the skatepark (along with Scott and Jack for providing instruction) and Garry for the vision and hard work.

One Bikeweek event left in Derroura on Saturday morning 21st June @ 10am for anyone who wants to see what this mountain-biking thing is about. Bikes will be available for hire and there will be plenty of experienced riders around to assist. We’d love to see you there. 10464364_10201379908780071_3326466085083649433_n 10492394_10201379909420087_6181116480120362673_n

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Fat Tyre Night – Merlin Park Woods

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Our events programme got under way last night with an Introduction to MTB event at Merlin Park Woods.
A decent turn out of club members including our Euro MTB Marathon competitors made for a great evenings blasting around the twisty trails in the sunshine.
Garry and Tom led us on an expedition into the wilderness on trails that definitely need some cutting back and a few of us were slightly embarrassed to be out-ridden by a small child on a balance bike.
To be fair, it was a sprint course for him as he’s more used to riding 15k spins so he had the legs for it. :)

Thanks to everyone who turned up and rode. A great way to spend a summer evening.

Next up, Thursday 19th, Moycullen Woods for another Fat Tyre Night on some brand new trails and don’t forget that Unit6 Skatepark is open all evening. The pumptrack has been brushed and is ready to go. Bikes will be available to hire.
See you all there….



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European MTB Marathon Championships – Club Results

Ballyhoura hosted the European MTB Marathon Championships this weekend, the first time a UCI event has been held in Ireland (I think….)

Some of the top names in world mountainbiking took part along with some of our own from Connemara MTB. Stunning weather made for a great weekends racing with some tight racing and close-fought battles.

Well done to all who took part.



Neil Martin: 04:33:45

Garry Davoren: 04:42:22

Niall Waters: 05:59:54

Fran Kearns: 06:01:00

Jay Leavy: DNF as missed cut-off time. Completed 60kms

JUNIORS – 25km

Joseph Clancy: 01:28:43

Matthew Waters: 01:36:26

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