Peddle on for miles, In Ireland

Over in Ireland, the inaugural Sky Ride Etape Hibernia kicks off in County Clare on 22 August, starting and finishing in the town of Ennis. SkyRideEtape.

The road challenge is 84 miles long and open to anyone aged 18 to 80 (which probably seems quite restrictive if you've ever ridden in the Alps and been overtaken by a 94-year-old on the Col de la Croix Fer.) Participants have around six hours to complete the course which traces the beautiful west coast for a large part – let's hope the sea winds are kind.

For a taste of off-road riding in Ireland, check out Break the Cycle Trailer from Andy Yoong on Vimeo, a stunning mountain bike film shot for the most part in the Mourne Mountain area around Rostrevor but spots in the north – including Belfast and the Antrim coast also get a look in. It throws a spotlight on a country often overlooked when it comes to documenting fantastic riding, BreakTheCycle.

If you feel like investigating further, talk to First Tracks Guiding who run mountain bike courses in County Down and County Armagh. If you want to ride on location then you can book accommodation with Rostrevor Holidays, RostrevorHolidays, and peddle on for miles.

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