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NIMBA Initial Response to Castlewellan Phase 2 Trails Consultation

24 Jan 2014 6:54 PM | Rick McKee (Administrator)

We understand that it was suggested from the front of the consultation meeting in Castlewellan on Wednesday 22 January that the frame of reference for Phase 2 of the Castlewellan Trails called for 'accessible, low gradient and low technical trails", and that this frame of reference came from NIMBA and the NI Tourist Board.  This does not represent NIMBA's views. 

NIMBA representatives were unfortunately unable to make the meeting in Castlewellan, but to clarify our position in our own words, the views of NIMBA on Castlewellan Phase 2 requirement were, and remain, as follows:

1. The delivery of trails that are challenging, fast and flowing, with jumps, berms, drops and other features delivered in a manner that flows for the rider, whether they are a beginner or highly experienced.

2. No more rock gardens and similar elements that "interrupt" the flow, as they deliver a poor rider experience in their currently-designed form.

3. Any new build should focus on a different feel/type of trail, preferably with a different design philosophy than that already delivered, to enhance the variety of a trip to Castlewellan.

4. Absolutely NOT 'more of the same' trail type as was delivered in Phase 1.

5. Experienced rider involvement at all points in the design and delivery process.

6. Overall, we are calling for the delivery of trails that flow well for the rider and where the rider is given more responsibility for speed control with a trail design that supports it, not speed control forced through dangerous obstacles such as trees and rocks that interrupt flow and increase risk.

7. In short, grin-inducing stuff that in our view is absent from much of Castlewellan Phase 1.

In response to the consultation process, NIMBA will be further articulating the above in writing, as well as providing written feedback on other specific items outlined in the information/consultation session on 22 January, and we will be making this response public in due course.

Rick McKee


Northern Ireland Mountain Biking Alliance

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