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21st Nov Rostrevor Weekend Trip Anna Fiala (Trips Officer)

Hello hello!

We are just back from a weekend in Rostrevor and although our bodies are sore and tired, we are still buzzing. Hopefully Monday will be kind to us.

On Friday we started the trip with some great music and games on the bus and a bit of a party in the glamping pods where we were staying. On Saturday we spent the day sending Mega Mission, On The Pulse and some cheeky Bins Runs.  We had the whole uplift booked out and the trails all to ourselves! Everyone attempted the tech trail On The Pulse, which was a big step up for a lot of people, well done to everyone! A couple of cased jumps resulted in broken wheels, but thankfully no broken people (except for the broken egos maybe). In the evening a "lift the cereal box with your teeth" game got so competitive we accidentally spent 3 hours stretching, and some flexible individuals got so far that there was no edge on the box left (basically they were trying to lick the bottom of the box off the floor - disgusting). After all the stretching our bodies were sorer than ever, so the Sunday red loop peddling was tough, but we were rewarded with some beautiful views of the Carlingford bay. Except for one descent (where some of our members decided that tumbling down a steep mossy bank is a better strategy than riding it), it felt like we were peddling uphill all day, even though we did more descending then climbing - next time we might try Round Wood for some better trails. We finished the day with the best hot shower of all time at the bike centre and finally headed home. A quick stop in IKEA because Isak was feeling homesick, a quick purchase of some spare tubes in Decathlon and before 10pm we managed to get back to the Boathouse, all sad the trip was over.

Thanks to everyone for coming - what a great trip - great fun and great biking! Some amazing biking progress seen this weekend! Thanks to Jamie for being the bus driver and all our members who were helping to run things smoothly during the trip!

Cannot wait to go again! Until then keep SENDING IT!

2nd Nov Wicklow 2022 Evan Murray (Public Relations Officer)

What a weekend in Wicklow!

As you may have seen on our socials, UL mountain bike had their first Wicklow trip back since the disruptions of the pandemic. On this weekend, the club travelled early on Saturday morning to Glencullen Adventure Park (GAP) and availed of uplifts for a fantastic day of downhill action. We found the GAP to be an amazing mix of flowing berms, tricky rock gardens, jumps and technical sections through some gorgeous forests overlooking Dublin city and the Irish sea. 

On day 2, after staying in a hostel the previous night, the club travelled to Ballinastoe woods, which is located in the heart of the Wicklow mountains. After a steep climb on some weary legs to begin the day, we were rewarded by some really well built trails on descent. These trails overlook the stunning Lough Tay, so we weren't disappointed by the views!

We will be having more weekend trips away in the future, like the Rostrevor weekend, which will be happening in week 11, signups now open on the Wolves website!

1st Nov TCL Course Anna Fiala (Trips Officer)

Last weekend 6 of our members have completed the two-day long Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) course. The TCL  is part of the Mountain Bike Leader Awards (MBLA), which was developed to provide a framework and qualification for leaders to deliver mountain biking as a safe and enjoyable activity. The MBLA scheme provides training and assessment in mountain biking, leading and instruction skills. A TCL certification allows you to legally lead groups of 8 people on built trails up to 600m of elevation and 30 minutes walk from a rescue point.

We have got a refresher on a lot of our leading skills and learned a few new ones too. We have practiced how to check bikes, set them up for individual riders, asses the riders fitness and ability, to teach basic skills to beginners and to read maps and navigate from a route card. By providing funding for this course we are hoping to improve the leader skill level within our club and in the mountain biking world! If you have missed out on this great opportunity to educate yourself and become a certified leader don't worry, we will be running another funded TCL course in the future. 

The exams take place in 3 months. Wish us luck!



Rostrevor Weekend Trip

Posted 21st Nov
Author Anna Fiala (Trips Officer)

Hello hello!

We are just back from a weekend in Rostrevor and although our bodies are sore and tired, we are still buzzing. Hopefully Monday will be kind to us.

On Friday we started the trip with some great music and games on the bus and a bit of a party in the glamping pods where we were staying. On Saturday we spent the day sending Mega Mission, On The Pulse and some cheeky Bins Runs.  We had the whole uplift booked out and the trails all to ourselves! Everyone attempted the tech trail On The Pulse, which was a big step up for a lot of people, well done to everyone! A couple of cased jumps resulted in broken wheels, but thankfully no broken people (except for the broken egos maybe). In the evening a "lift the cereal box with your teeth" game got so competitive we accidentally spent 3 hours stretching, and some flexible individuals got so far that there was no edge on the box left (basically they were trying to lick the bottom of the box off the floor - disgusting). After all the stretching our bodies were sorer than ever, so the Sunday red loop peddling was tough, but we were rewarded with some beautiful views of the Carlingford bay. Except for one descent (where some of our members decided that tumbling down a steep mossy bank is a better strategy than riding it), it felt like we were peddling uphill all day, even though we did more descending then climbing - next time we might try Round Wood for some better trails. We finished the day with the best hot shower of all time at the bike centre and finally headed home. A quick stop in IKEA because Isak was feeling homesick, a quick purchase of some spare tubes in Decathlon and before 10pm we managed to get back to the Boathouse, all sad the trip was over.

Thanks to everyone for coming - what a great trip - great fun and great biking! Some amazing biking progress seen this weekend! Thanks to Jamie for being the bus driver and all our members who were helping to run things smoothly during the trip!

Cannot wait to go again! Until then keep SENDING IT!

Wicklow 2022

Posted 2nd Nov
Author Evan Murray (Public Relations Officer)

What a weekend in Wicklow!

As you may have seen on our socials, UL mountain bike had their first Wicklow trip back since the disruptions of the pandemic. On this weekend, the club travelled early on Saturday morning to Glencullen Adventure Park (GAP) and availed of uplifts for a fantastic day of downhill action. We found the GAP to be an amazing mix of flowing berms, tricky rock gardens, jumps and technical sections through some gorgeous forests overlooking Dublin city and the Irish sea. 

On day 2, after staying in a hostel the previous night, the club travelled to Ballinastoe woods, which is located in the heart of the Wicklow mountains. After a steep climb on some weary legs to begin the day, we were rewarded by some really well built trails on descent. These trails overlook the stunning Lough Tay, so we weren't disappointed by the views!

We will be having more weekend trips away in the future, like the Rostrevor weekend, which will be happening in week 11, signups now open on the Wolves website!

TCL Course

Posted 1st Nov
Author Anna Fiala (Trips Officer)

Last weekend 6 of our members have completed the two-day long Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) course. The TCL  is part of the Mountain Bike Leader Awards (MBLA), which was developed to provide a framework and qualification for leaders to deliver mountain biking as a safe and enjoyable activity. The MBLA scheme provides training and assessment in mountain biking, leading and instruction skills. A TCL certification allows you to legally lead groups of 8 people on built trails up to 600m of elevation and 30 minutes walk from a rescue point.

We have got a refresher on a lot of our leading skills and learned a few new ones too. We have practiced how to check bikes, set them up for individual riders, asses the riders fitness and ability, to teach basic skills to beginners and to read maps and navigate from a route card. By providing funding for this course we are hoping to improve the leader skill level within our club and in the mountain biking world! If you have missed out on this great opportunity to educate yourself and become a certified leader don't worry, we will be running another funded TCL course in the future. 

The exams take place in 3 months. Wish us luck!



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Upcoming Events 2
Only logged in / active Mountain Bike members can book / attend these events
Cratloe - I HAVE A BIKE
Starts:
Sun 27th Nov at 09:00
Ends:
at 17:00
Cost:
FREE
 Max:
20
IN-PERSON
Event
Location: Cratloe Woods
Meeting: UL Boathouse

This Sunday we are heading out to Cratloe! Bring some energy snacks because we will be peddling out.

Cratloe - I NEED A BIKE
Starts:
Sun 27th Nov at 09:00
Ends:
at 17:00
Cost:
€ 10.00
 Max:
9
IN-PERSON
Event
Location: Cratloe Woods
Meeting: UL Boathouse

This Sunday we are heading out to Cratloe! Bring some energy snacks because we will be peddling out.

Cratloe - I HAVE A BIKE

Starts Sun 27th Nov at 09:00
Ends at 17:00
Cost FREE
Max 20 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Event

Location: Cratloe Woods
Meeting Point: UL Boathouse

This Sunday we are heading out to Cratloe! Bring some energy snacks because we will be peddling out.

Cratloe - I NEED A BIKE

Starts Sun 27th Nov at 09:00
Ends at 17:00
Cost € 10.00
Max 9 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Event

Location: Cratloe Woods
Meeting Point: UL Boathouse

This Sunday we are heading out to Cratloe! Bring some energy snacks because we will be peddling out.

Weekly Activities 2
Only logged in / active Mountain Bike members can book / attend these activities
Wednesday Campus Spin - I NEED A BIKE
Day:
Wednesdays
Starts:
18:00
Ends:
20:00
 Max:
9
IN-PERSON
Activity
Location: UL Boathouse

It is a perfect place to practice skills, learn how to bunny hop, do drops safely and meet our members!

Sorry, if this event is full it means we are out of rental bikes. Try next week!

Wednesday Campus Spin - I HAVE A BIKE
Day:
Wednesdays
Starts:
18:00
Ends:
20:00
 Max:
20
IN-PERSON
Activity
Location: UL Boathouse

It is a perfect place to practice skills, learn how to bunny hop, do drops safely and meet our members!

Sorry, if this event is full it means we are out of rental bikes. Try next week!

Wednesday Campus Spin - I NEED A BIKE

Day Wednesdays
From 18:00, to 20:00
Cost FREE
Max 9 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Activity

Location: UL Boathouse

It is a perfect place to practice skills, learn how to bunny hop, do drops safely and meet our members!

Sorry, if this event is full it means we are out of rental bikes. Try next week!

Wednesday Campus Spin - I HAVE A BIKE

Day Wednesdays
From 18:00, to 20:00
Cost FREE
Max 20 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Activity

Location: UL Boathouse

It is a perfect place to practice skills, learn how to bunny hop, do drops safely and meet our members!

Sorry, if this event is full it means we are out of rental bikes. Try next week!

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About Mountain Bike

Whats up! We are MBUL and have been around UL since 1998 where four dedicated mountain bikers started the club and went on each outing. Since then we have expanded dramatically and have about 30 passionate bikers out each week, no matter the conditions. We even won Club of the Year 2019!


No need to worry if you don’t have a bike, because we have a limited number of awesome bikes in the bike shed - available on a first come, first serve basis! No helmet? No problem! We have plenty of safe helmets at your disposal, as well as knee and elbow guards. 


We have a campus spin every Wednesday of the semester for those of you who want to test out your skills or learn new ones. We have a Sunday Spin to a different location every weekend as well as a number of weekend trips, and the occasional foreign trip - See here.


So grab your old clothes, a raincoat and a bike and come join us out on the trails! 

Current Committee 10
Captain John Gliffe
Secretary ISAK KENTTÄLÄ
Treasurer ROHAN JANGAM
Health and Safety Officer Donal Lonergan
Public Relations Officer Evan Murray
Equipment Officer DARRAGH SWEENY
First Year Rep ROKO STRGAR
Ordinary Committee Member Marli Serfontein
Trips Officer Anna
Web Admin Sean Moll

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