Now we know you know this one. Riding down hills at high speed? Correct! Downhill is specifically about using DH bikes. The frame geometry of these bikes lends itself to descending and definitely not hill climbing. Usually the biker is dropped at the top of the descent and off they go. Typically this type of event is used at off-season ski resorts. The riders are carried to the top using the ski lifts. The course includes huge drop-off's of tens of feet and extreme inclines. Full body armour is worn with full face helmets.
When most people hear the word term mountain biking they think of downhill. Don't forget half the fun in mountain biking is uphill.
This unattractive hilltop is everything urban. Some great views of the coast but that is about it as far as the landscape goes. It is a busy spot and is never quiet at any time. It is rugged and patchy where the forests have been ripped out of the landscape. However it is a much needed recreational resource in this part of the country. Unfortunately It is very underdeveloped in that regard. The terrain is hard and rugged. Unlike the rolling green hills that you see in Wicklow for example, this mountain just stands there like Arnold Schwarzennegar.
Colour coded brown, the Mountrussell loop is considered by our forum members to be the best Coillte MTB trail to ride in Limerick. The Mountrussell loop takes about 2hrs to ride at a relaxed pace.
The five Ballyhoura MTB Trails begin at the car park and turn back individually at various points to form individual loops. The Mountrussell loop is the second shortest loop and we measured it at 15km. It is an easy trail to cycle because the ground is well compacted and smooth. However there are some technical areas which may not be suitable for beginners. The total climb is 162m this compares to 210m for Ballinastoe MTB Trail over a similar distance.