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Gearing UP Off-Road | Instructor Course

The next Gearing Up Off-Road Instructor Course is been run this weekend the 20th/21st of September. Limited places left.

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The Gearing Up Off-Road instructor training is of two days duration.  Day 1, focuses on each of the sessions with time being spent on basic mountain biking techniques. The morning of Day 2 will provide the candidates with the opportunity to deliver a Gearing Up session to their course colleagues.  Candidates who do not hold a Mountain Bike leadership award will gain some basic leadership skills on the afternoon of Day 2.

The intention is to provide a basis for a limited range of leadership in a restricted location that has been previously risk assessed. This experiential section of the course is not intended as a substitute for a recognised Mountain Bike leadership award. The intention is to allow Gearing Up Instructors to include a ride as a part of each Gearing Up sessions.

On satisfactory completion of the Gearing Up instructors course, candidates will be able to operate as a Gearing Up Off-Road Provider running the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme and complete any administrative functions associated with the programme.


Individuals wishing to deliver the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme are required to hold a Cycling Ireland coaching qualification or a Mountain Biking Leadership qualification prior to attending training.
Where an individual attends and passes the Gearing Up Off-Road course with only a foundation coaching qualification they will be qualified to deliver the programme but only with a qualified Gearing Up Instructor who has a Level One or Leadership qualification. Therefore they can only Instruct on their own on completion of the Level One or Cycling Ireland Trail Cycle Leader course.

Individuals will be required to complete the Gearing Up Off-Road Instructors Course. This course consists of two days (16 hours) training. Upon successful completion of training and approval by Gearing Up Off-Road Tutor individuals will be qualified to deliver the Gearing Up Off-Road Programme.

Halloween Spook MTB Race

Ballyhoura Spook

Trailriders.ie present the Halloween Spook MTB Race at Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park on October 28th at Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park, Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick. The race comprises two stages:

  • Day – 11am – 27km
  • Night – 6:30pm – 11km

Both stages are an inpidual time-trial and both times combined gives us the over all winner, the course will be different from every other halloween race. Riders can enter either stage independently but to win you have to enter both. The stages consist of Ballyhoura trails and some variations both day and night with a mix of singletrack and natural terrain.

Fancy dress for night time stage with plenty of ghostly guests on the trails throughout …

The cost of entry is €35 and food provided in the price for between stages.

Contact: 0872717330 for further details.

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Register for Biking Blitz Round 3

Biking Blitz Round 3Online registration for the third and final round of the 2011 Biking Blitz series (to be held in Derroura, Co. Galway on the 13th of March) is now open.

You can register here.

The results of Round 2 (Ballyhoura) are also available and you’ll find photos of the event on Flickr and Facebook (more).

Senior Results / Youth Results