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Eoghan

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Slieve bloom
« on: 07, March, 2020, 09:31:53 AM »
Does anyone know what story with sleive bloom trails are? Little enough info online. There seems to be two separate trails centers, one blue one red but they're fairly far apart and not connected and quite short.
I know the blitz is on there soon so the have to be longer than that.

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #1 on: 07, March, 2020, 03:11:10 PM »
I've been trying to find out more info too. The most I could find was http://coolaneymtb.com/ but it seems like they have had delays opening and it's not open yet.

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Slieve bloom
« Reply #2 on: 07, March, 2020, 03:39:35 PM »
I went down there a few weeks ago and did the blue trails, nice and fast and flowly.

We started from Kinnitty Castle which means cake and coffee at the end .

https://www.coillte.ie/site/slieve-bloom-mtb-trails-laois/

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #3 on: 07, March, 2020, 03:55:11 PM »
I've been trying to find out more info too. The most I could find was http://coolaneymtb.com/ but it seems like they have had delays opening and it's not open yet.
Sorry I was well off. I was talking about the sligo blitz... dont mind me

Eoghan

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #4 on: 07, March, 2020, 06:09:43 PM »
I went down there a few weeks ago and did the blue trails, nice and fast and flowly.

We started from Kinnitty Castle which means cake and coffee at the end .

https://www.coillte.ie/site/slieve-bloom-mtb-trails-laois/


Marcus, that's the link to the red trails. Did you mean the blue trails that leave from the offaly side?

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #5 on: 07, March, 2020, 08:14:37 PM »
I went down there a few weeks ago and did the blue trails, nice and fast and flowly.

We started from Kinnitty Castle which means cake and coffee at the end .

https://www.coillte.ie/site/slieve-bloom-mtb-trails-laois/


Marcus, that's the link to the red trails. Did you mean the blue trails that leave from the offaly side?

Oh yes, quite right, that was for the red trail.

Offaly blue trails: http://www.coillte.ie/site/slieve-bloom-mtb-trails-offaly/

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #6 on: 07, March, 2020, 08:57:43 PM »
I've been down there at the Offaly side a few times now. I really like the trails - very fast and flowy. Some nice natural trails also, but they were soaking wet last time I was down. It's around 1h20m from me and well worth the trip.

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #7 on: 08, March, 2020, 05:45:02 PM »
I was there today  and did both red and blue. Very fun but short. About an hour for blue loop and half hour for red. Was with a few novices so didn't do many natural trails but there weren't that many immediately apparent

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #8 on: 08, March, 2020, 08:29:03 PM »
I was there today  and did both red and blue. Very fun but short. About an hour for blue loop and half hour for red. Was with a few novices so didn't do many natural trails but there weren't that many immediately apparent


But there are some natural / off piste trails??

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #9 on: 08, March, 2020, 08:44:05 PM »
I was looking at the times in the links yesterday and thinking they don't look right  ???

Coillte Site: 90 to 120 minutes (for 14.5km)
Actual: ~60 minutes

Coillte site: 60 to 90 minutes (for 6km)
Actual: ~30 minutes

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #10 on: 09, March, 2020, 04:00:29 PM »
I was looking at the times in the links yesterday and thinking they don't look right  ???

Coillte Site: 90 to 120 minutes (for 14.5km)
Actual: ~60 minutes

Coillte site: 60 to 90 minutes (for 6km)
Actual: ~30 minutes



Average beginners will have an average speed of 6/7km per hour, max.

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #11 on: 09, March, 2020, 06:22:59 PM »
To be honest it was more the second one that I had really focus in on, which is 4 - 6km/h, and I was reading that as beginner to expert speed.

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #12 on: 09, March, 2020, 06:25:33 PM »
It's always hard to estimate these things in fairness. Sure a lap of Balinastoe can be done in 40 min but I've been with beginners who struggled to do it in 3 hours.

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #13 on: 09, March, 2020, 07:55:52 PM »
I'd say that it would be taking it very handy to do it at under 10km/h. The blue trail is more like 11km because the the 14 km figure includes road from kinnity village. There's car park at hotel which cuts this section. The climbs are handy enough with nothing too steep and downhill is fast and flowly, but very "safe", as all Coillte ones are really.

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Re: Slieve bloom
« Reply #14 on: 20, May, 2020, 11:55:17 AM »
It's always hard to estimate these things in fairness. Sure a lap of Balinastoe can be done in 40 min but I've been with beginners who struggled to do it in 3 hours.


I know I'm late to this party but the slowest I ever did it - and I was savagely ill but had a pass out that I was using - was two hours non-stop.


First gear all the way and freewheeled as I had no strength.


Since then I use this as a marker for mates who I'm taking out. over 2 hours, go work on your strength.

 

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