May 11, 2001
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Reviewed by: Kevin Mc Donnell
, from Cork, Ireland
Just in case you get lost, and to know what to expect here's a summary of the course. Leave the carpark and go straight up the hill. Way, way up the hill you'll notice that there's a "tunnel" down to the right, go down here. At the bottom there's a bridge. Cross this and head off up the hill to the left. Just over the brow of the hill go left and through a tricky technical section which opens on to a quick section with the river on your left al the way along. There are two nice drops on this section. You'll come to a river crossing where you'll have to get off and walk the bikes to the top. Turn left at the top and over a small gully and then right up the steep bit (see if you can make this without stopping or falling off- it's harder than it looks!) then to a little gully again which is a horror to try and clear! It'll wreck your head! If there are logs in it just move them out as beginner cyclists put them there and they also block the drain! Try and jump this bit and you'll feel great after it! Left and up the hill, right and through a bumpy mucky section with lots of tree roots. If it's dry it'll be easy but if it's wet at all then the roots get all wet and slippery and they're terrible trouble! Up over a little lip and a nice tricky section again, followed by a drop and then back uphill again. This is another deceptive bit as it looks easy but it's quite annoying to try and get up the next hilly bit. You can totally go for the drop with speed to get up the next bit. A long, quick section next which is easy and a bit of a break. You'll come to a little downhill section with loads of trees and there's a big-ish scary drop! There's a tree on the right and you go to the left of this. It's actually easy but just looks much worse than it is. Go for it! Off down hill and then back uphill to the left again and a U-turn at the top to bring you into a slow downhill to the right. You'll come out at the bottom, turn left and this is the last downhill which brings you out to the end again. There are a few bends, nothing major, and three or four puddles. Basically you can belt it full speed down here to try and get your top speed for the day! At the bottom turn left and back to the carpark for a quick rest before heading off again to try to nail those few annoying parts again! It's a cool little track and great fun!
A clockwise direction around the woods will take you from what seems to be a very small area to quite a large forest area with a lot of fun sections thrown in for added zest!
Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Nagles Mountains north of Cork are excellent for a really long ride of serious offroading. Near Watergrasshill, it is definitely more suited to intermediate-advanced riders who are quite fit and sure of themselves! Watch out for all the gulleys on the bumpy downhills!