Mountain biking in Ireland and particularly Northern Ireland has exploded in popularity over the last few years, developing from a niche pastime to one enjoyed regularly by the masses, supported by purpose built trails and infrastructure, and in-turn providing fun, fitness and investment.

Rock and Ride Outdoors has been deeply involved in this development with Ian witnessing first-hand the rapid change from rarely meeting another biker in the woods to sharing an ever-growing network of trails with an endless number of enthusiasts within the space of just a decade.

In bringing his experience and qualification as an MBLA tutor to the Mournes, Ian has been at the forefront of developing the sport through training guides and instructors, creating a new generation of responsible trail users.  He continues to provide the Internationally recognised and respected MBLA qualifications which are currently used by many guides and outdoor professionals throughout the World.

He has also brought top-level mountain bike specific coaching to the Emerald Isle, taking influence from decades of experience riding, racing and instructing and honing an approach that has seen him work with thousands of riders from total beginners to World Cup Winners and even the odd Hollywood A-Lister!  He loves helping all standards of rider rapidly develop their skills in a fun and pressure-free environment and has yet to find a single biker who hasn’t benefitted from detailed observation, feedback and his innovative, relaxed coaching style.

Rock and Ride also offer many other mountain bike related services, from courses in mechanics to consultation services on all sorts of biking related issues.

Whether riding XC, Enduro or Downhill is your thing, the Mournes mountain bike trails are truly World Class, both natural and man-made and represent the perfect venue to come and enjoy some biking exploits.  Check out our Northern Ireland mountain bike trail guide to get the insight from a rider’s perspective that you won’t find anywhere else.  If you want to make life easy then you can avail of our guiding services, using only the best, fully qualified and insured guides in the country.

Above all, we love mountain biking and we love having the opportunity to be involved in the sport, sharing our knowledge of how and where to best enjoy it.

If you have any questions about mountain biking in Ireland or any of the services we provide then please contact us and we’ll gladly assist.

Upcoming Courses

TCL Assessment – June 6th – County Offaly

TCL Training – June 15th and 16th – County Limerick

TCL Training – August 10th and 11th – County Down

MBL Assessment – September 21st and 22nd – County Down

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Paul Swail

Mountain Biking
Ian Bailey