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Davagh Trails Update 3 December

05 Dec 2012 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)
NIMBA was invited by Cookstown Borough Council to contribute to the latest Davagh Trails update meeting at Broughderg Community Centre on 3rd December.  This very encouraging meeting had an attendance of nearly 50 people, with various stakeholder groups represented including mountain bikers, bike clubs, bike shops, local businesses, rally club and deer interest group.

One of the new sections of trails in Davagh.

Presentations from Cookstown Council, Architrail, NIMBA and Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland updated the assembly on the trail progress at Davagh, Davagh’s place within the wider mountain biking product being developed in Northern Ireland, some of the challenges and opportunities ahead, and opinions on how the riding experienced will be received by the mountain biking community from near and far.

Broughderg Community Centre was bristling with folks interested in the Davagh Trails project.

Content overview

Architrail
  • FP McCann and Architrail are working well together and making good progress
  • Green and Blue trails complete but need time to bed in so stay off until project is open.
  • Red trail well underway with significant number of exciting looking features being incorporated - looks like it's going to be a great trail.
  • All base stone in place by Christmas with shaping complete by early February. 
  • Signage and other ancillaries complete around mid February (weather dependant)
  • If you are in Davagh riding the existing trails, please be mindful it's a construction site and take extra care.

Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland
  • PR and marketing for the local trail centres (Belfast, Mournes, Davagh) being branded collectively under MountainBikeNI - significant effort being invested to raise profile of the NI Mountain Biking product Nationally and Internationally.
  • Interest from some National MTB publications to visit NI for trail reviews in 2013
  • Volunteer Ranger scheme to be expanded to cover all the trails (need min 10 Rangers per site)
  • Trail Ambassadors being encouraged - good trail etiquette, warm welcome to visitors etc etc - key to success of the friendly trails
  • Seminars being organised in the new year to help local businesses prepare to better cater for MTBers - NIMBA will be inputting to this

NIMBA
  • Overview of NIMBA
  • Based on what we have seen, these trails are going to be fantastic and will offer a great experience for all levels of bikers, and will also be an ideal venue for events of various types
  • Flowing trails, berms, technical trails, features, skills development options, big climbs and long descents will attract bikers from near and far
  • Success of the overall Davagh project in the long term will depend on partnership working between Council, Community, Businesses, Clubs and Bikers

Cookstown Council
  • Delighted with how the project is developing and have firmly grasped the vision
  • Applying for additional funding for pumptrack and skills loop at trail head - interested in input of ideas from mountain bikers
  • Council realise it's an ongoing project and will attract large numbers of visitors to the area
  • Planning a big opening event - specific date unknown, but encouraged by NIMBA and others to open as soon as possible
  • Opportunities for mobile businesses - bike wash, catering, bike hire, guiding etc.
  • All will be tendered in due course but approach Council if interested or have ideas
  • Actively encouraging/welcoming the use of the trails for other events - emphasised by NIMBA

Great to see this project about to launch after a lot of hard work from all parties, and we look forward to enjoying the trails!
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