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With regard to the MTB Rendezvous planned for Sunday 23rd September 2012, Cycling Ireland would like to advise riders that this is a not a Cycling Ireland sanctioned event and no permit has been issued by Coillte for the event.
Riders are advised that cycling on the Wicklow Way or Dublin Way is not permitted, and cycling is only permitted on designated cycle routes on Coillte property or with appropriate permit.
In conjunction with the official Coillte MTB trails, there is some great and very scenic cycling on the roads leading to Knockree, so riders are reminded to plan ahead and ensure they do not violate any bye-laws or cycle on lands not designated or permitted for the purpose.
Riders are reminded to review the Coillte Offroad Cycling Strategy (alternately see extract below):
Coillte retain the right not to permit events organised by clubs whose members choose to ignore directions set down by Coillte on use of designated areas only for cycling or who have demonstrated a lack of respect for the resource made available to them or who have not adhered to the conditions of previous permits issued.
Byelaws were introduced in 2009 under the 1989 Forestry Act to govern use of the lands and it prohibited certain activities. The byelaws were introduced as a management tool to help with reducing the level of safety issues from the inappropriate use of trails and roads, to manage conflict between different visitor groups to Coillte lands and to control unauthorised activities that can cause nuisance, environmental damage or be a source of risk to other users and employees.
This byelaw is now in place on a substantial part of the estate and defines that cycling is not allowed except in areas and on routes designated for cycling.The use of byelaws to restrict the act of using a bicycle on a part of the lands deemed unsuitable is just one part of a number of measures to manage and encourage responsible behaviour. The byelaw (as it relates to cycling) will remain in place and the issues highlighted will be addressed through this strategy.
Failure by cyclists and others to comply with officially posted notices or instructions will result in removal of permissions and permits.
MTB Rendezvous is a new concept for an MTB spin gathering everyone for food and refreshments at
the end of their cycle in Knockree Youth Hostel at 12:00 noon, Sunday 23rd September.
Catering for all abilities you can ride out with your club or regular cycling buddies and travel as
far a distance as your legs will take you and from any starting point. The only requirement is to
Rendezvous at 12:00 noon in Knockree Youth Hostel.
The concept was put together by a few old time mountain bikers from Dublin keen to create a social
MTB event where all abilities could participate in. Trying to create a spin to suit the Super Pro’s and
the local trail riders proved just about impossible as routes would be too severe or too tame. Either
way everyone would split up and be spread across two mountains (not very sociable) within the first
hour. So the idea was to reverse it. Let each group of riders or club choose their own preferred route
and cycle out for 1, 2 or 3 hours where everyone would Rendezvous in the one place at the one time.
Riders are reminded that cycling on the Wicklow Way or Dublin Way is not permitted, and cycling is only permitted on designated cycle routes on Coillte property.
In conjunction with the official Coillte MTB trails, there is also some great and very scenic cycling on the roads leading to Knockree, so riders are reminded to plan ahead and ensure they do not violate any bye-laws or cycle on lands not designated or permitted for the purpose.
With Knockree Youth Hostel kindly providing the venue it has the facilities to cater for hundreds of
tired and hungry mountain bikers. Nestled in between Enniskerry and Glencree and within view from
Djouce forest and the Wicklow way, it is the ideal location for such a gathering and only a short cycle
home on the road.
There is no car parking at Knockree so don’t forget to make allowances for your spin home.
Enniskerry is only 6km away or take a short climb over the Featherbeds and then downhill all the
way back to Rathfranham.
With the great support from all the local MTB clubs, EPIC MTB, Mountainbike Association of
Dublin, IMBRC, Team WORC, Racing 795, Rocky Mountain and the Off-Road Commission, all the
refreshments will be free to everyone who can Rendezvous at 12:00 noon.
Are you going to Rendezvous?
Further details and updates see us here http://www.facebook.com/bikerendezvous
Quick reminder that XC Marathon Champs online registration entries close today.
Online reg. will close at 6pm on Monday 20th Aug, absolutely no Championship category entries will be allowed after this date.
There is also a shorter mini-marathon, you will register and pay for this on the day.
Please note there are various positions on the Cycling Ireland Offroad Commission up for nomination.
Nominations must be received by the Offroad Commission by Saturday 29th September at 1:00pm, any nominations received after this date/time will not be accepted.
Nominators and nominees must hold a current Cycling Ireland licence.
Vacant positions for nomination:
Morgan O’Connell (current chairman) and Fergal Kilkenny (current secretary) will be retiring from their respective positions in October.
Sean Herlihy (Access Officer) retired from his position during 2012.
Ciara MacManus (XC Development rep.) retired from her position during 2012.
Morgan, Sean, Ciara and Fergal are thanked for their dedication, efforts and work during their tenure and have brought about significant change, promotion and improvement to many aspects of the sport.
Positions up for re-election as follows:
- Orla Baxter (Commission member)
- Alison Murphy (BMX rep.)
Members who currently do not require re-election:
- Natalie O’Carroll (DH Development rep.)
- Aine Conneff (Treasurer)
- Richard Thornhill (DH co-ordinator)
To nominate a person for election to the Offroad Commission, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Offroad Commission nomination” Nominations must be received by the Offroad Commission by Saturday 29th September at 1:00pm, any nominations received after this date/time will not be accepted.
You must be present at the AGM to propose your nomination or have a representative to act on your behalf.
Here is an example of a motion:
” I [Joe Bloggs] CI Licence number:  would like to nominate [John Doe] for the position of [insert proposed role/responsibility here]”
Motions are now being accepted for the 2012 Offroad AGM, any Cycling Ireland members wishing to submit a motion for the upcoming Offroad AGM must do so by email.
Please submit your motions via e-mail to email@example.com with the subject “2012 Offroad AGM motion”
The date of the Offroad AGM is Saturday 6th October, and will likely be held in in Taylor’s pub Rathfarnham, all details will be confirmed in due course.
Motions must be received by the Offroad Commission by Saturday 29th September at 1:00pm, any motions received after this date/time will not be accepted.
Submitting a motion to the AGM is your opportunity to influence how offroad cycling in Ireland is administered.
Any successful motions relating to changes to Technical Regulations or formal Operating Procedures of Cycling Ireland have to be approved by the Board of Cycling Ireland.
You MUST include your Cycling Ireland licence number and your full name.
Here is an example of a motion:
” I <Joe Bloggs> CI Licence number: <12OV123> propose the following changes..etc….. ”
There have recently been many reports by recreational users of Ticknock/3Rock mountain of very dangerous incidences happening on a daily basis (sometimes several times in the same day)w here a person (or persons) have repeatedly been dragging huge sections of branches, boulders and rocks onto paths used by cyclists, walkers, hill-runners etc..
These obstacles are often placed on blind corners, trail-exits or hidden in grass with the sole intent to severely injure people.
Recent activity has included the person smashing glass and covering it in leaves, just after a series of boulders so that if riders fall from their bike, they could badly cut themselves on the glass hidden in the leaves in the path which they would fall.
This is a very dangerous situation and all recreational users need to be aware of this threat, and keep a very close eye out for the person(s) who is/are deliberately and recklessly endangering their well-being and safety.
People are advised to keep an eye out for a silver Mazda 626 which at least one of the offenders is known to drive, if you see this car, be particularly wary of hidden obstacles, smashed glass etc.. on the trail leading up by the red corrugated shed (known as “Tom’s”) and all trail sections leading up to, and extending up further from the Kilmashogue fireroad.
Several mountainbikers have been injured in the past few months as a result of these obstacles so please be very careful and wary as this is proving to be a very difficult situation to resolve.
It has been noted that someone has appealed to this person(s) nature to stop his/their
activities by placing posters (appealing for this activity to stop ) in the area where most of the safety-threat is taking place, hopefully this may help the situation.
You are not advised to confront the individual(s), but to take photos of the issue and report it to the Stepaside Garda station (01-6665700), as this is viewed as a criminal activity where persons are deliberately attempting to inflict harm upon innocent users of the forests.
Cherry Orchard BMX is pleased to announce details of its upcoming Master Class which will be held on August 2nd. The clinic will be run by Sam Foakes.
Sam Foakes is the BMX Development Manager at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
Date: Thursday August 2nd 2012
Time: 6.30pm to 9pm
Age Group: Over 17’s only
Details: This clinic is a follow up on the Master class held in April. The session will start with a re-cap on the previous clinic and will then move on to focus on the following points:
- Racing lines
- Starting Gates
If you need any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-6300575
To book a place either call in to the track or email email@example.com. All places must be paid for at the time of booking.