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09-05-11, 08:50 AM
The final round of the highly popular Biking Blitz, managed by Niall Davis of Biking.ie (http://www.biking.ie/index.php) and his enthusiastic Blitz crew, was run on the new MTB trails at Ticknock forest, Dublin.
The Blitz coincided with the official opening of the trails by Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport,*and there was some hard and fast racing in every category.
Results can be viewed here (http://www.biking.ie/images/dublinblitzresults.txt) or here (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40769/MTB%20race%20results/2011%20results/BikingBlitz_Rnd_4_results.pdf)
Some photos courtesy of Aine from MADMTB (http://WWW.madmtb.com) here (https://picasaweb.google.com/aineconneff/DublinBlitz#).
The Biking Blitz has been a very successful series in terms of getting cyclists into the hills and enjoying racing or just touring the trails which have been constructed under the management of Coillte and the DMP (http://dublinmountains.ie/home/).
The series also helps highlight that mountainbikers are a very large and ever-increasing population of recreational users in the Dublin mountains and many other areas around the country, and it is good to see MTB’ers officially welcomed into the Coillte-managed forests to pursue their sport.
With the dramatic increase in popularity of these trails, and mountainbiking as a leisure activity/sport, *Coillte and the DMP are now charged with providing a larger and more diverse trail network, particularly in the Dublin mountains, to satisfy the increased demand and numbers.
Trails are also required for the youth members of the sport, where parents can bring their children and safely observe them practicing and honing their skills on mini-trails designed specifically for children to safely enjoy.
Facilities such as those provided at the various Welsh trail centres (http://www.mbwales.com/en/content/cms/News/Massive_investment_a/Massive_investment_a.aspx) would also be a very popular and welcome addition to the current trails network.
For more information on future plans and developments you may contact Karen Woods (info@dublinmountains.ie) at the Dublin Mountains Partnership. (http://www.dublinmountains.ie/home/)

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