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Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail

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J4444 wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom34 contributions15 helpful votes
Relatively inexperienced MTB rider with only a few hundred miles under my belt - escaping the family for a few hours did (most of) the white route. There are definitely some slogged out miles up tracks especially on detours but the varied single track trails more than make up for it and suck you in to just going a bit further! Much of it is indeed quite pedally, but there are some long (gently) downhill sections that keep you out the saddle, a couple of pump sections, some north-shore type bridging and a few nice (small) features. Main trails (green, brown, white) were all rollable - there were folks out there with even less experience than me but I’d imagine some of it (small drops/rock gardens) might have been a bit too exciting for them at times and required a couple of walk arounds. Thought about taking my 7 year old on the green loop but glad I didn’t - think it would have been too much for kids not already well drilled in single track - the name is confusing as it’s definitely not green by UK trail standards. If I did it again I’d take in to account how pedally some of the single track is and adjust my route to my fitness for that so I could have enjoyed the final single track elements more. Hire was great - very relaxed - friendly folks, £1,000 bike for £40 a day is a bargain and the one I took out was immaculately maintained. Spent just a couple of minutes running through the bike - not everyone has ridden a 1x set up with a dropper and UK brake set up (other way round to much of the world) so seemed a sensible use of time given there were folks from all over the world there that morning some of whom I suspect hadn’t been on a bike since they finished their last paper round 30 years ago. They also told me to go and ride around the carpark for as long as I wanted until I was sure the bike was all ok (which it was).
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Date of experience: August 2020
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wilson12 wrote a review Aug 2020
dublin21 contributions10 helpful votes
great trails for all levels - went with 2 adults and 3 children (aged 13, 10 & 7) - the Greenwood loop was perfect for the whole family, although very challenging for the 7 year old . The skills loop is great for the smaller ones aswell
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Neil M wrote a review Aug 2020
Portmarnock, Ireland43 contributions32 helpful votes
This is the best fun ever! Travelled with myself, wife and 12 and 10 year old kids. There are multiple trails but we did the 17km one. Bear in mind that the rule of thumb is 1 MOUNTAIN KM is the equivalent of 3 road KM so doing the 17 is 50k in the road. The uphills are tough but manageable, the downhills are awesome and exciting, you travel in fear and exhilaration in equal amounts. We also went back the. Ext day and did the 6k for a quick spin and it’s good too although short! Bring plenty of water, a bit of lunch, some hardy kids and you can’t go wrong. At the end of it you are so tired you can hardly speak but afterwards the reminiscing is great!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Neil B wrote a review Jun 2020
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Heard about these trails from other cyclists and it sounded good. I made the long trip from county Longford. Suffice to say the trails are exactly as you would hope and I brought my own mountain bike which is recommended if a dedicated cyclist. The outward trails are very long with features that coerce you to keep going on and on. Even though you think you should start to turn back, the next trail (say from brown to white, white to blue to red) looks so tempting that it's hard to resist. Can easily find yourself overstretched with not enough energy or fitness to return to the start as the trails are just so long in length. However, more signage has appeared that directs the exhausted cyclist to a shortcut "way home" . The area is 25square miles of terrain with all sorts of historic trails that is described nowadays as enduro. Need plenty of liquid and energy bars to do the course. Most fit mountain bikers need two days to complete the whole course. Most of the trails are in neighbouring county Cork and has many entry points apart from the Trailcentre entrance in Greenwood (Trailriders).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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noel g wrote a review Jan 2020
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions14 helpful votes
My first visit here.It is well designed and quite challenging. I did the 17k loop. There is a sign at the start advising you to bring suitable clothes, food and water. This is sensible advice and should be heeded. Once out there is a definite feeling of remoteness.However your attention will be fixed on the trail and magnificent countryside. Well worth a visit. Can't wait to go again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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