A stone’s throw from the city (this could depend on one’s throwing arm), there’s something extreme going on. Tyres hitting gravel and muck at speed. That’s all we’ll say for the moment, we’ll let Niall Davis from Biking.ie do the talking. Quick note: a “spin” for the uninitiated, like ourselves, is going out on your mountain bike.
Dublin.ie: Tell us a bit about Biking.ie?
Niall: We’ve two locations, one in the Dublin mountains [Ticknock] and one in the Wicklow mountains [Ballinastoe]. From both those hubs we run bike rentals, lessons, tours, and we act as an information or meeting point for people starting their spins. We do teas and coffees and all that sort of stuff. So it’s basically to set up a little foothold in the hills and give mountain bikers a good place to meet.
Dublin.ie: And how did it start?
Niall: We grew up on the other side of the Dublin mountains, on the way to Glencullen [Co. Dublin]. And as a family we were always crazy into bikes and going up to the mountains. But there was never really anywhere to go. I guess when we started building the trail, we saw an opportunity to go up and set up something really good for bikers.
Dublin.ie: It’s really incredible having the Dublin and Wicklow mountains so close to us…
Niall: It’s just on Dublin’s doorstep. So it’s really nice to have. It’s pretty unique in the world to have nice facilities just there and to have a set-up with so much potential. I guess it might not be fully there yet, but we’re getting there.