Leinster Youth Academy: Mountain biking on 5th December

Listening intently!
Listening intently!

The Leinster Youth Academy will hold a mountain biking training event on Saturday 5th December at Ballinastoe Woods, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. This training experience is open to youth-age girls and boys who are members of Leinster cycling clubs.

Michael Considine, who has recently taken over at the helm of the Leinster Youth Academy, has committed to increasing the participation of youth girls at both training and representative events.

To register your interest in this upcoming mtb training event, please email Michael promptly at mconsidine@eircom.net


Those attending on 5th December will be divided into two groups:

Advanced Group: For riders who are experienced mountain bikers.

Specifically, anyone who has their own mountain bike (and brings it with them), and who participates in mountain biking events on a regular basis. There will be a couple of experienced mountain bikers designated to escort this group around the trails at Ballinastoe, and to advise them on how to improve their mountain biking skills.


Beginners Group: For beginner or inexperienced mountain bikers.

Cost: €35 (this may be reduced if numbers attending are sufficiently high)

The organisers will work with Ballinastoe-based Biking.ie to create a half-day program for this group. This will be an excellent opportunity for the curious to try their hand at mountain biking under the supervision of experienced tutors.

The program will include mountain bike rental from Biking.ie and tuition from their expert guides. Biking.ie will fit everyone with a bike to suit them, explain the essential principals of mountain biking, and then accompany and supervise this group around the Ballinastoe trails.

Tackling the trails.
Tackling the trails.

Essential Details

When? Saturday 5th December, 10am to 1pm

Where? Ballinastoe Woods, near Roundwood, co. Wicklow

How to register? email mconsidine@eircom.net promptly

What to bring? Your bike helmet (and cycling kit), a packed lunch, and your mountain bike (if you have one)

What else?? Parents of those youths attending the training event are also welcome to take part. And any parents who are experienced mountain bikers and are willing to come along and help out will be especially welcome!

For an idea of the fun that can be had mountain biking, check out our write-up on the mountain biking aspect of the Youth Training Day organised by the Women’s Commission of Cycling Ireland in July this year.