Triathlon club mem­bers take to the hills

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

Mem­bers of Wick­low Triathlon Club, as part of their Win­ter train­ing sched­ule, took to the Hills of Bal­ly­houra in Co. Lim­er­ick last week­end.

In pre­vi­ous years they had to travel to Wales and Scot­land to avail of proper moun­tain bik­ing trails and fa­cil­i­ties. This year how­ever, saw the open­ing of Ire­land’s very own Moun­tain Bike spe­cific cour­ses, in Bal­ly­houra, Co. Lim­er­ick, Der­roura, Co. Gal­way, and our own lo­cal Bal­li­nas­toe in Co.Wick­low.

Th­ese cour­ses are custom built for moun­tain bikes, and of­ten run on a one way sys­tem to avoid ac­ci­dents through col­li­sions. They are also kept sep­a­rate to any hik­ing tracks there­fore fur­ther re­duc­ing the chance of ac­ci­dents.

Triath­letes are en­cour­aged to use moun­tain bik­ing as a form of keep­ing fit dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, while in­creas­ing their bike han­dling skills and most im­por­tantly, hav­ing some fun.

The two cour­ses com­pleted by the club last week­end were;

Gar­rane Loop - The Gar­rane Loop ven­tures west­wards from Way­point 3 tak­ing in some long and fast sin­gle­track de­scents as well as some long and de­mand­ing climbs on for­est roads, tracks and sin­gle­track trails. Length: 35 Km.

Castle­pook Loop - This is the ul­ti­mate loop of the Bal­ly­houra trails, be­ing the long­est and most de­mand­ing. It goes right to the south­ern fringes of the for­est and presents you with the big­gest climbs and most re­ward­ing de­scents. Length: 51 Km.

De­tails of Wick­low Triathlon club can be found on www.wick­

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