A new trail network in Davagh Forest, Northern Ireland, has been officially opened with a green, blue and red trail on offer catering for all types of rider. The Davagh trails form part of a wider off-road development project across Northern Ireland, which CRC is proud to be sponsoring.
Current Irish cross-country mountain bike Champion, Gareth McKee, who is a sponsored rider for Chain Reaction Cycles, officially opened the trails and says: “It is really exciting to see a mountain bike trail centre like Davagh Forest being developed in Northern Ireland. The red trail complete with the massive drop offs is an amazing challenge whilst the green and blue trails will provide the perfect introduction for beginners.”
With 12,000 people expected to visit the Davagh Forest Trails in the first year alone, Cookstown District Council Chairman Cllr Tony Quinn believes this trail’s development opens up some fantastic opportunities for local tourism businesses and will provide a significant boost for the wider economy in the Sperrins region.
Cllr Quinn explains: “From the initial conception of this trail’s development right through to the appointment of Olympic and World Cup trail designers, Architrail, Cookstown District Council has always been focussed on providing the highest standard of mountain biking trails here at Davagh Forest.”
He continued: “When you couple this world class trail design with Davagh’s breathtaking rural scenery, there is no doubt that these trails will attract large numbers of high spending activity enthusiasts who will stay over in the area, eat in the local cafes and restaurants and drink in the local pubs.”
Chris Scott from MountainBikeNI.com added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Cookstown District Council and official trail sponsors Chain Reaction Cycles to promote the Davagh Forest Trails to an eagerly awaiting target market of mountain bike enthusiasts.”
“Together with new trails centres in Rostrevor and Castlewellan, the Davagh Forest Trails are a key location in making Northern Ireland the next must visit mountain biking destination in the UK and Ireland,” adds Mr Scott.
The first major event at the new trail centre is ‘Davagh Delivered’ on Sat 20th and Sun 21st April which includes a variety of events including a demo day with Chain Reaction Cycles, a social ride with the Northern Ireland Mountain Bike Alliance and the first ever Davagh Enduro, a competitive event with a mix of timed uphill and downhill sections.