Photo Credit - Cube Action Team
24 year old Greg from Dublin, is Ireland's top Enduro racer. He currently rides for the Cube Action Team and travels the globe racing against the best mountain bikers in the world. Regularly finishing in the top 10 in the world Greg has also won the Irish round of the Enduro World Series in both 2015 and 2016. To read more about this click HERE
About Gearing Up Off Road Greg says
"It's brilliant to see a programme like Gearing Up Off Road in Ireland helping people get into mountain biking. It's never been easier to take up the sport with all the official trails around the country, how accessible bikes are and now with this programme it ensures people start off on the right foot and get all the basics covered from the get go. The benefits of mountain biking are endless, it's great for the mind & body and being on a bike is a brilliant way to see our beautiful country from another angle. All we want to do is show that to as many people as possible so they can enjoy it too and Gearing Up Off Road is helping us do that in the best way."
18 year old Jacob from Dromore in Co. Down is one of the best Downhill Mountain Bike riders the country has ever produced with an impressive CV which includes Irish Downhill Junior National Champion, British Downhill Series Junior Champion, 3rd place overall in the UCI Downhill World Cup Series and a DH World Championship Bronze medal in 2014. Jacob is currently racing at Irish and British events as well as at the UCI World Cup. If that didn't keep him busy enough Jacob is also a Gearing Up Off Road instructor and coach at Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre who are one of our approved GUOR centres. For more information on Rostrevor click HERE. For Jacob's full profile click HERE
About Gearing Up Off Road Jacob told us:
“Gearing Up Off Road is a fantastic programme that opens up mountain biking to so many people. As an instructor you learn all about how to coach others on developing and improving their biking skills. As a rider you can work through all the skills needed in mountain biking which make you a better rider. The way the course has been designed makes it easy and fun for people to complete.”
Vitus Factory rider Michelle Muldoon is one of the country's top riders and has chalked up an impressive haul of results at both domestic and international events. This year alone Michelle won the 3rd round of the Welsh Enduro series, won round 1 of the Irish Gravity Enduro series, was 6th in the Megavalance and 11th in the Irish round of the Enduro World Series. Michelle is also a huge advocate for getting more girls into mountain biking. Read Michelle's full profile HERE
''The Gearing up off road programme is such a fantastic programme which is designed for all levels of riders from beginners to advanced with an emphasis on skill development and bike maintenance that equips riders with the skills needed to enjoy the trails and have the confidence to perform any emergency trailside mechanics. Its great for mountain bikers to have access to a programme like this as it means that riders can hit the trails with more confidence and get more out of their day on the bike. As an advocate for more female riders, its a great opportunity for more women to get involved in mountain biking and to develop their skills which in turn leads to more confidence on the trails and thus more fun riding!''
Although only 19 years old, Killian is one of the country's top riders and has already racked up some seriously impressive results including 3rd at the Enduro World Series in Ireland in 2015, runner up at the 2015 European Under 21 Championships, winning the 2015 Irish Gravity Enduro Series as well as the Under 21 National Championship event, 3rd in the Under 21 category of the 2016 EWS round in Aspen, Colorado and most of all winning the under 21 category of the 2016 EWS round in Carrick, Ireland.
"With all the new trail centres being opened around Ireland it’s great that Cycling Ireland have put together the Gearing Up Off Road programme. Hopefully it will help bring the experiences of mountain biking to a whole new level of people. We’re very lucky in Ireland that all our mountains are easy to get to and have so many trails that can be used from beginners to full on racers.
I'm excited to be part of The Gearing Up Off road programme which will hopefully bring more people into the sport which is already growing quite quickly."
To find out your nearest Gearing Up Off Road location click HERE