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Best Spectator Spots for iDMS Championships in Rostrevor


Over 200 of the country’s best riders are expected to flock to Rostrevor for the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike National Championships on 19th & 20th July where spectators will surely witness one of the most exciting gravity-focused events to take place on these shores.  

Using one of the most technically demanding courses yet, onlookers will be blown away by the speed and skill of the best riders in the country.

Two of the best spectator spots recommended by the organisers are:

Not for the faint hearted...prepare for a hike up the steep slopes of Slievebane for spectacular views over Carlingford Lough and watch the riders prepare for some of the fastest and steepest parts of the track right from the word go.

Accessed from the bottom of the course, spectators only have to hike up about 250m to the infamous Hecklers Rock which always produces high adrenaline entertainment. Feared by riders and loved by the fans this is where you’ll want your cameras out to capture the action!

Race Information
Practice is scheduled for Sat 19th July from 9.30am - 4.30pm and spectators are free to walk up the side of the track to watch the riders dial in the fastest lines. The race takes place on Sun 20th July with a seeding run starting at 11am followed by the final at 2pm.

Irish MTB Legend Richie Byrne is doing MC for the day so he will be keeping everyone updated on who is hot and generally keeping everyone entertained. The prize giving will take place in the Mountain Bike Car Park shortly after the event at 5pm approx.

Come along and support this great event and get behind the local riders. Make some noise!!!

The XC Trails will remain open throughout the duration of the iDMS National Championships however all riders should follow instructions of marshalls.

Fancy staying on in Rostrevor?
The week-long Fiddlers Green International Festival opens on Sunday 20th July and includes outdoor ceilis, open air gigs, art exhibitions and literary pub crawls. All musical tastes are catered for (folk, blues, country, classical), with lunchtime, early evening and night time folk clubs taking place throughout the week. 

So if you fancy mixing a week on the bikes with one of the region's most renowned music festivals then check out these MTB-Friendly Accommodation Providers near the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails.

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