Feet First Friday! Beeline : Glencullen Adventure Park (GAP)

This is the first video in a set of videos on the trails at the GAP which is short for Glencullen Adventure Park. The park is to my knowledge the only bike park in Ireland. There is a fee to get into the park and uplift is available for regular mountain bikes, no such luck for adaptive bikes yet. That said I was well able to manage on the pedal up as I do have assistive drive on my bike. Some of the trails are beautiful on the way up and you have the added bonus of getting to see other riders sending it!

The trail in this video is called Beeline. It is at the top of the park and is situated at the uplift stop beside the entrance to a couple of black graded trails and a red graded trail.

Beeline begins with a tight turn leading to a left turn with some camber. It’s really easy to overshoot this corner as the trees make it a bit darker here and the ground all looks the same, it’s also a tight left so you have to be aware when approaching it. You will most likely overshoot the first time down here. I did and still nearly do.

After that there’s a nice flowy section with a couple of small drops. It snakes its way to the first berm where you can just let the bike fly. this is followed by another couple of left, right berms that are relatively straight forward.

That first berm!

In the next section there are a few unsighted turns and drops that are difficult to navigate without prior knowledge. In the video I am getting past these quickly but thats because I have a decent idea of the trail now. When I first went down it I was very slow because I couldn’t see what was behind the corner or below the drops. Now I just send it!

These features are not visible when riding a hand bike. Take care until you know the trail!

The trail peters out towards the end as you approach the road. A few rock features that will kick a bike into the air a bit but nothing dramatic. Then its a couple of small berms into a winding section through some trees. The final feature to overcome on a handcycle is the rocks put on either side of the trail to warn and slow riders. Impossible to navigate on a handcycle.

Those rocks are impossible to get past! Better to go around!

I have managed to cross the ditch by going around the rocks on the right hand side and then take as straight a line across the trail and down into the ditch and finally onto the fire trail. A little scary but doesn’t ruin the fun of the trail!

I think this is one of my favorite trails as the berms allow you to carry massive speed and the features while they are not severe require just enough attention to keep you focused. Great fun! The only gripe is the rock placement at the end but I can completely understand why its there and can get around it.

Feet First Friday! Terry’s Belly Bike Park Wales!

Back in August we took a trip to the UK to race at the Malverns classic. On that trip we made sure to include a visit to Bike Park Wales for a day.

We have seen the videos and heard the stories about Bike Park Wales. It was amazing to actually go there. After a monster of a climb as the uplift service wouldn’t be possible with my handbike we got to the trail head. Then it was time to drop in.

I started off slow as this was the first time down this trail. It took a bit of going to get to a decent speed. The flow started to come pretty easily after that. The trail itself was a mixture of lose gravel in places with some bumpy bits. My bike was barely fitting through some parts!

If you are an adaptive MTBer and are having some doubts about Terry’s Belly on your bike check out the video. It is possible and it is great fun!

Feet First Friday! Space Jam : 1

I have been posting quite a lot of shorter videos to social media, I thought it was about time I start putting longer videos on Youtube to give a fuller picture of the trails here in Ireland to adaptive riders. This is the first in the series of Feet First Friday trail videos. This one is the first section of Space Jam, a recently opened trail on the Kinnitty network of trails in the Slieve Bloom mountains here in Ireland. The trail is awesome fun and good challenge. This is the first of 3 videos as the trail itself is a decent length! Check it out!