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Maximising the potential of trail projects in Northern Ireland

07 Mar 2013 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)

There is currently great excitement throughout the Northern Ireland mountain biking community, not least from NIMBA and its membership.  After many years of hard work, with a number of new trail networks opening imminently at Castlewellan, Rostrevor, Barnett’s Demesne in Belfast, and at Davagh Forest, 2013 does indeed promise to be a big year for mountain biking in Northern Ireland. 

Following a written submission to Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI) in February, in which NIMBA made a number of recommendations, NIMBA has been invited to assist on some of the trail projects underway.  This will take the form of the provision of advice and assistance on site from expert riders and coaches from within the NIMBA membership, whose experience and expertise will hopefully help the contractors to meet their objectives of delivering world-class product.

Over the next two weeks, teams of NIMBA representatives will carry out a number of collaborative site surveys on a voluntary basis with an appointed contractor representative and a representative from ORNI, with a view to helping identify elements needing attention.  The focus will be on maximising the quality of the rider experience on the trails as delivered.
The unswerving priority of NIMBA relating to these projects is on seeing the long-term success of mountain biking trail developments in Northern Ireland, for the benefit of local riders as well as for our local economy.
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