2007 Beginners Course – Week 1
The MAD MTB Beginners Course kicks off on Saturday August 4th. We’ll meet up in the Hellfire Club car park at 10am (directions below). Paddy will show you how to check your bike over before the ride and how to set it up properly. Depending on the numbers who turn up we’ll divide into smaller groups and have an easy ride around Masseys Wood for about two hours.
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For those driving up to the Hellfire carpark on saturday morning please note that the carpark there is closed for the foreseeable future (apparantly there was some anti social activities happening … probably the usual devil worshiping, sacraficing of small animals and all that lark!).
Anyway, as a result of this there is very limited car space at the entrance to the carpark so you have two options.
(Also, to make sure there is no confusion, we’re still meeting at the Hellfire carpark for 10am.)
First, when you pass the Hellfire carpark on your right, continue along the road another 100 metres or so and there is a small area on the left where you can also park (there’s a small pedestrain gate into Masseys Woods there).
Second (and probably the safest option), following the directions below, after the Ballyboden roundabout continue straight on up the hill (i.e. don’t turn right) and you will pass a pub on your left hand side (The Merry Ploughboy), with a large carpark on the right. There’ll be loads of space to park here, and its near the top of the hill (road wise) so won’t involve too much extra cycling. If you decide to park here, be there, ready to go by 9:30 and i’ll meet ye there and we’ll cycle up.
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Helmets are compulsory on these rides – no exceptions under any circumstances. Check here for a list of what else to bring.
If you’re under 16 you must have a parent/guardian sign this form and bring it along on the day. There is no cost for attending these rides but anyone continuing to ride with MAD afterwards must join the club (€20, +€35 Cycling Ireland membership).
Hellfire Club Directions
- From the Yellow House in Rathfarnham take Willbrook Road south
- Continue along Ballyboden road until you reach the Ballyboden Roundabout
(you can also get to the roundabout from Grange Road to the east, or the Ballycullen exit of the M50)
- Go straight through the roundabout and take the first right
- Take the first left, up Stocking Lane
- The Hellfire Car park is 2km along, on the right.