The Mountain Bike Association of Dublin (MAD) is Ireland’s longest-running and largest mountain bike club. Founded in 1989 with just a handful of members, MAD MTB is a dynamic and passionate community dedicated to unleashing the thrill of mountain biking in the vibrant landscapes surrounding the Irish capital.

MAD is more than just a mountain bike club; it's a hub for over 150 enthusiasts who share a love for the great outdoors and the thrill of conquering diverse trails. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a newcomer, MAD offers a welcoming community for all riders from novices to successful competitors at international level. MAD is actively involved in the biking community in Ireland running events and contributing to trail development and maintenance.

Join us as we navigate the twists and turns of mountain bike trails in Ireland and further afield, building lasting friendships and creating unforgettable memories.

Saddle up, Gear On… the Trails Are Waiting

Community Hub: Where Riders Connect

At the core of the Mountain Bike Association of Dublin lies a vibrant online community, where members and non-members alike converge to share their passion, exchange insights, and foster a sense of community.

Our forum serves as the beating heart of the club, offering a space for riders to connect, collaborate, and celebrate all things mountain biking.

Looking for that perfect upgrade or hoping to find a new home for your trusty steed? Dive into our Buy and Sell thread, where members can trade, sell, or seek out mountain biking gear.

Feel the need for speed? Head on over to our Racing thread.

From casual weekend spins to challenging endurance rides, the Spins thread is the perfect space for all members to arrange a meet up..

Interested in expanding your horizons? Tune in to our event calendar to learn about several upcoming biking trips abroad. Our international biking trips provide a welcome break from routine, offering a chance to explore new environments, and experience different biking cultures.

Want to gear up for less? Members can avail of discounts on a variety of biking essentials. We are fortunate to have partnered with Glencullen Adventure Park and

How To Join

Curious about MAD but want to test the waters first?

Firstly, we recommend our monthly open spins, a popular monthly event where riders, both members and prospective members, come together to hit the trails.

If you are familiar with the official trails in Ticknock/Ballinastoe and able to comfortably complete a full 13/14km loop, then this is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow riders and get a taste of the MAD community.

Here you will discover new trails led by experienced members who will provide advice and answer your questions about riding with the club. Nobody will be left behind and you are encouraged to ride within your existing skill level and comfort zone.

Sounds good? Check out dates for open spins in our calendar or on social media! Next, add your contact details to the Intro-Spin mailing list and we will be in touch with details of the spin a week or so before the next date!

If we are the right club for you and you are ready to take the next steps, here’s how you can join:

  1. Sign up for a Cycling Ireland (CI) licence.
  2. Choose your licence — if you don’t have plans to start racing straight away, then the best licence choice is typically a Leisure Licence. This will still allow you to race, simply by paying for a one-day licence on the day of an event. The other licence option for a typical MTB racer would be a Limited Competition Licence. *Please note that Leisure Licence is a minimum requirement to join the club*
  3. After choosing your Licence type, choose your club — MTB Assoc of Dublin
  4. From here you can now pay both your CI licence fee and your club membership fee.
  5. As soon as your membership is approved (as soon as we pick up the email) you are now a member of the club.

**Please note that we are unable to accept members under the age of 18 at this time.

If you already have a Cycling Ireland licence, that's no problem. You can join up straight away by paying your club fee directly to the club. Alternatively, you can pay your Cycling Ireland licence and MAD membership fees at the same time through the Cycling Ireland website.

For direct payment details or other queries, please email

Club Events

Monthly Open Club Spins

Open club spins are usually run once a month – look out for dates in our calendar or on social media! These spins see lots of club members out so it’s a great chance to get a taste of what the club is like and sample some trail favourites. The pace is easy-to-average and route choice varies to suit the group. No one is left behind. We encourage everyone to ride within their existing skill level and comfort zone. Sounds good? Fill out the Open Club spin sign-up form below and we will be in touch with details when the next spin is due to take place!

Open Spin Group

MAD Open Spin


Ladies Spin Group

Ladies Open Spin


Club Champions

Get ready to push your limits, test your skills, and compete for the prestigious title of MAD Club Champion! Be prepared for other antics thrown in for the laugh.

The race format comprises three trails in a timed Enduro-style race. Each competitor has one hour to put down a single run on each of the three stages. The times over the three stages then being calculated to find the overall winners in both Mens and Womens categories

MAD Stravaduro

The 2024 Stravaduro will be run for 3 rounds starting in January and running until March. Each round will take place over a single month with multiple segments as part of each round.

Points will be earned for each segment completed and a winner will be declared for each round.

The overall Men’s/Women’s winner will be declared at the end of the 3 rounds with prizes going to the overall winners.

Celebrating the Best Male and Female Racers

The Best Male/Female Racer award is bestowed upon the rider who has consistently showcased unparalleled prowess and performance across a variety of events throughout the year. Whether dominating challenging downhill descents, conquering gruelling cross-country courses, or excelling in endurance races, this individual stands out as a true embodiment of dedication to their craft.

Club Sponsors has been a long time sponsors of the club. The start and end of a lot of club spins over the years. sponsors prizes for both our Stravaduro and our AGM Awards


the gap

Since The GAP opened our members have been there on a very regular basis. They have always been accommodating in organising countless social club spins.

The GAP sponsors prizes for our AGM and have hosted our Club Champs race over the last few years.

Expert Cycles

expert cycles

Expert Cycles has serviced the bikes of our club members for many years and has always maintained an active interest in the club.

Expert Cycles sponsors prizes at our AGM and offer all members a discount in store.

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