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Winners of the 2020 - 2021 MountainBikeNI Awards

Posted on May 6, 2021 @ 1:04 PM

Welcome to the MountainBikeNI Awards, sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles!

It’s a wonderful time of year where we can celebrate the very best of mountain biking in Northern Ireland thanks to hundreds of votes across multiple categories, recognising different sectors of the industry. Despite a slight delay due to Covid-19, we now have the results. (Drum roll please…)

Crash of the Year

There He Goes is an apt name for this video. It cuts out quite suddenly - one because there was some colourful language, and secondly because the cameraman was (we assume) a good friend and stopped recording to rush to provide aid. We'll let the video do the talking here:

 

Favourite MTB Trail Centre in NI

Making history in the MountainBikeNI Awards, we have a tie! Both Castlewellan and the fresh faced newcomer Gortin Forest Park MTB Trails, were tied with the most votes in this category!

As things get back to normal it means you’ve even more reason to get the bike out and visit these two trail centres (as local Covid 19 restrictions allow; see current regulations for mountain biking here.)

 

Most Active MTB Club

The new category to the MTBNI Awards had a LOT of interest. The winner however ended up with a strong margin – congratulations Gortin MTB Club! If you don’t already, make sure to give them a follow as they showcase what Gortin has to offer.

Best MTB Event in 2020

:-(

 

(Though a special shout out to the one or two groups that did manage to run an event!)

 

Favourite MTB Trail Section in NI

It’s a triple whammy for the Stream Trail section at Davagh Forest, fighting off stiff competition from both the black trails in Castlewellan and some of the newer trails at Gortin Glen Forest Park.

Speed and fun are the order of the day if you haven’t ridden the Stream Trail before. Also, what the heck are you doing?! Go try it right now!

 

Favourite MTB Friendly Café

You guys seriously love Urban. Taking the crown in this category for a record breaking 4th year running, we totally understand why. The service, the quality and the location are all unbeatable.

Even more impressive this year, they’ve been open pretty much non stop since the first lockdown. Congratulations to all the team!

 

Favourite MTB-Friendly Accommodation in NI

Their first time appearing in the MountainBikeNI Awards, we're delighted to reveal that the winners are Sperinview Glamping! Located just a few minutes from the trails, the relatively new business is ideally located for mountain biking, enjoying the epic views of the Sperrins and, of course, is situated right beside the upcoming OM Dark Sky Observatory.

MountainBikeNI actually visited Sperrinview Glamping in 2019 - check out our blog on it here.

Thanks for following the MountainBikeNI Awards! The winner of the Chain Reaction Cycle sponsored competition was Warren Campbell:

Congratulations to him! Keep up to date with all the happenings in the mountain bike scene in Northern Ireland by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

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