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Ballinstoe Bike Trail

posted 29 Jan 2018, 11:45 by Kevin Monaghan
For anyone looking for a different slant on cycling there is a fabulous option open to you just over an hour’s drive from Mullingar via the M50 and the N11. Ballinstoe Bike Park is situated a short drive south of Kilmacanogue and if you bring your own bike it is absolutely free. Last Sunday a few Wheelers headed east to this great amenity and enjoyed a thrilling day out crisscrossing the various trails on offer in this designated off-road area.

The spin was organised by Steve Franzoni who commenced proceedings by giving the group a quick brief on how best to negotiate the trails safely. Given that those in attendance were mostly novices at off-road cycling this was a great way to start and considering the terrain we had to traverse it was a good job everybody took a the advice on board. 

Whilst the trails in Ballinstoe are very doable they certainly do require full concentration if one is to get to the finish in one piece. From the start point there is a nice long drag to gain some elevation for the first descent and to get the legs pumping, Once the group rose up above the tree line everyone enjoyed a fast but free flowing drop through some forest along a nice bumpy and rocky trail ending at an amazing view out over the Guinness estate on the shores of Lough Tay. The wind here was so strong it took everybody’s strength to simply stand up straight and so, after a quick photo it was time to get cracking on the next segment of the hilly Wicklow landscape.

After a good two hours in the saddle it was time for some sustenance so tea, coffee, soup and sambos were the order of the day for everybody. This windy and slightly cold picnic brought an end to an great day out so thanks to everybody for the company and a special mention to Steve for organising the spin. If you are interested in off-road cycling have a look at the Outdoor Escape Facebook page for more details.

Wheelers enjoy a break at Ballinstoe Bike Park
Wheelers enjoy a break at Ballinstoe Bike Park