Biking Blitz Ballyhoura 2014
The final round of the 2014 Biking.ie Biking Blitz was held at the Ballyhoura Trail Centre on the 23rd of March. I decided to head along an see what it would be like to take a few photos at a mountain biking event in preparation for the European MTB Marathon Championships which will be held here in June (14th and 15th). This will be the first time Ireland has ever hosted an official UCI Championship mountain bike event and will be interesting to see the worlds best on our local trails.
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Official Website for European Marathon MTB Champs http://www.euromarathonchamps.com/
Ireland Hosts European Marathon Mountain Bike Championships
The European Marathon Mountain Bike Championships roll into Ballyhoura in County Limerick on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of June 2014 for two days of riding on some of the most picturesque trails in the country. History will be made as this is the first time Ireland has ever hosted an official UCI Championship mountain bike event. Admission to the venue is free for spectators who can expect to see the World’s best take to the trails for the honour of being crowned European Champion. Racing is over two days with amateur racers able to get a taster on the Saturday before the main event on the Sunday.
Marathon mountain bike racing is an endurance sport, typically taking place over a cross country off-road course of approximately 100 kilometres and ideally in a single loop. The male and female champions get to wear a special European Champion jersey for the following year when competing in Marathon races as well as taking the honour of being the best on the continent.
Inspired by the location and unique heritage of Ireland, the course is clover leaf in shape and all senior categories will ride through the start/finish area three times during their respective races making it an ideal race for spectators. The course is a mix of wide forest roads, trail centre single-track and natural technical features embedded in some of the most picturesque countryside that Ireland has to offer.
The event is being assisted by Ballyhoura Failte and forms part of the Limerick City of Culture festivities.
The Rocky Mayhem Music Festival takes place the same weekend as the event in nearby Kilfinane village. No stranger to MTB events, Kilfinane has hosted the Single Speed World Championships
Situated in County Limerick, Kilfinane (Cill Fhíonáin in the native Irish language) is surrounded on three sides by the Ballyhoura Mountains, and on the fourth side by the "Golden Vale" region that
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