How do I get to Boyle?
Boyle town is situated in north County Roscommon at the foot of the Curlew Mountains. It’s a town steeped in history with a 12th century Cistercian Abbey and King House amongst some of the amazing sites to visit.
Boyle is situated on the N4 and is just over 2hrs drive from Dublin, 30min drive from Sligo and 45 drive from Knock Airport.
Irish Rail currently have seven daily returning passenger trains going through Boyle. All InterCity trains have bicycles carriage facilities but it’s recommended to book in advance due to limited spaces.
Bus Eireann also provide a frequent service through Boyle and provide bicycle carriage facilities.
How do I get to Lough Key Forest & Activity Park?
The Park is situated just 5 mins drive from Boyle Town with the main entrance off the N4. If you are travelling to Boyle by train or bus please contact us and we can arrange to have you picked up. There is also a shuttle bus between Boyle Town and Lough Key Forest Park during the summer months.
What will I wear during my trailcycling experience?
A helmet is a must, if you don’t have one we can supply.
Clothing choice will largely depend on the weather conditions. For winter or cold weather riding the Layer System is recommended:
Base layer: This refers to a base layer which is worn next to the skin and should be made from a fabric that wicks away sweat. This helps to keep you dry and comfortable.
Mid Layer: This layer provides insulation from the elements. The most popular mid-layer garments are constructed from fleece which is available in different weights. Fleece also draws moisture away from the body.
Outer Layer: Also known as the “shell” layer provides a barrier against wind and rain. The most effective shell garments are made from waterproof and breathable materials.
In summer months, padded cycling shorts and a cycling jersey is recommended. Avoid wearing cotton T-shirts as they don’t wick moisture away from the body and can leave you feeling chilled. If you don’t have cycling shorts then any shorts will be fine for shorter distances. Even in summer months the weather in Ireland can be very changeable so it’s always good practice to pack an extra mid layer and of course a rain jacket.
If you are a road cyclist then you normal cycling gear will be perfect.
What foot wear should I use?
If you choose to us our bikes, they come with flat pedals so flat cycling shoes with sturdy gripy soles are recommended. If you don’t have these, then treking shoes or runners to a lesser degree will be fine. If you would like to use your own clipless pedals we will gladly fit them for you.
What kind of trail/road surface will I encounter?
The terrain includes single track trail, old coach roads, forest tracks, bog roads with some sections linked with by-roads. We endeavour that your time cycling with us will be as much as possible in an off-road environment.
Do I need to be very fit to attend a trailcycling tour?
We tailor our tours to suit your needs wither it’s an easy going days riding or an extremely physical days riding. Check out our fitness and skill chart below which will help you decide the level you are at.
Fitness and Skill Grading Chart
There are two separate elements to the grading system, fitness and skill. As the grading system is a general guide, feel free to call us if you are unsure of where you fit in.
- Level 1: Occasionally cycles at a leisurely pace for 1-2 hours and prefers flat trails with little climbing.
- Level 2: Cycles more two or more times per week for 2-3 hours and likes rolling trails with some climbs.
- Level 3: Cycles more than three times per week at a quick pace for 4 hours plus and is capable of riding demanding climbs.
- Level 4: Fitness fanatic or racer who loves climbing all day on any terrain.
- Level A: Can cycle a bike but only on smooth paved ground and likes to remain seated at all times.
- Level B: Can cycle on loose gravel off road trails typically at trail centres but strays away from any demanding terrain such as rocks and roots.
- Level C: Can cycle on technical off road trails with rocks, roots, steep descents and small drops (less than 2ft) with control and consistency.
- Level D: Comfortable on extremely technical trails.
Do I need to be very fit to attend a trailcycling skills course?
No. The training day focuses on skill development and will include regular breaks. Only a basic level of fitness is therefore required.
Can I use my own mountain bike?
Yes, any mechanically sound MTB with off-road tyres and front suspension will suffice. If you don’t have a mountain bike (MTB) we can supply you with one. Our excellent Lappiere Raid 700 are available in three sizes (S – M – L) and come complete with pump and repair kit. (Click here for full bike spec)
If you need any more information as to the suitability of your bike, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We also have a repair centre should you need your bike checked over or serviced.