20th February Mountain Bike Trip from Bellacorrick to Ballycastle

Nine hardy souls set of from Bellacorrick to do the 18 miles to Ballycastle, the route followed the Western Way, a hiking trail through the most remote part of North Mayo. The route could be used as a cycling way for those who use Mountain Bikes and like an endurance challenge without the technical difficulties of a Mountain Bike trail per se. It is mostly on forestry tracks and trails, there is however nearly two miles on board approximately 18 inches wide, [see pics] this was the challenge, the fun part, as we tried to stay on the boards and at the same time look around.
Acute bends meant some cycled into the bog [soft landing] The stepped sections were great, I lost control myself on  one occasion and ended up seperated from my bike, on my back in the bog. Everybody enjoyed the trip.The boards were firm and just technical enough, to make one pay attention. we all agreed we will do it again.  This is not a route for the faint hearted or the extreme bikers.

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Joe is an author, poet, historian, and guided walks consultant. He lives in Newport, Co. Mayo. Scriptwriter and presenter of “Old Port to Newport”, Joe McDermott is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books including Sheegorey (historical fiction), the History of St. Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar, as well as hiking guide books such as The Western Way, The Bangor Trail, and The Foxford Way.

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