Rostrevor Mountainbike Festival riding into Rostrevor

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
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From this Spring, Mountain bikers will be a familiar sight throughout Northern Ireland. Excitement has been building with the forthcoming opening of 4 world class trail centres and they will put Northern Ireland firmly on the map of top mountain biking destinations. Rostrevor will be offering 26km of red/black graded cross country trails and 2 downhill tracks and is described by local bikers as the ‘epicentre’ for all off-road cycling disciplines in Northern Ireland. For the opening event, the Rostrevor Mountain bike Festival in Association with Newry & Mourne District Council will take place between 4th – 6th May. 600+ Mountain bikers from every corner of the country will be in attendance to celebrate this very unique experience. Not only will this be the largest gathering of mountain bikers ever in the country but it will be the first time 3 disciplines have been contested at the same venue over the one weekend. Co-ordinator for the event and local mountain biker Glyn O’Brien commented, “These are exciting times for local bikers and it will be a huge boost for our economy. We are encouraging everyone to get involved, please come along to the festival and celebrate with us. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about our sport and it’s never too late to get started!” Mayor John McArdle commented, “This is a excellent opportunity to showcase the new mountain bike trails at Rostrevor and get things in place for the forthcoming World Police & Fire Games in August.” Practice kicks off on Saturday 4th May and 3 local clubs each specializing in different disciplines will be organising the events to ensure a very special rider experience. Chain reaction Cycles club will be organising round 2 of the Irish Downhill Mountainbike Series (IDMS) on 5th May, Dromara Cycling Club will be organising round 2 of the Ulster Cross Country SeriesĀ  on the 5th May and Plush MTB will be organising an Open Enduro event on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. For more information please visit the facebook page – Rostrevor MountainBike Festival.
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