How to Join

Interested in joining MAD?

Then come along to one of our Intro-spins!

Usually, run on the last Saturday or Sunday of the month, these spins see lots of club members out. It’s your 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.

All are welcome on these spins but it is important to have a general level of fitness and some experience on a mountain bike. If you are familiar with the official trails in Ticknock/Ballinastoe and able to comfortably complete a full 13/14km loop, then you should be well able to join us. Intro-spins are led by experienced MAD members on-hand to provide advice and answer any questions you may have regarding riding with the club.

Sounds good? 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!

Intro spin mailing list

Read more about your first MAD spin

Already an experienced rider?

So you have a good level of mountain biking experience and want to join straight away without taking part in an Intro-Spin? No problem, you can pay for your Cycling Ireland licence and MAD membership fee at the same time through the Cycling Ireland website. Or, if you already have a Cycling Ireland licence, you can join up straight away by paying your club fee directly to the club.

Please note that a Cycling Ireland leisure licence is a minimum requirement to join the club.

For direct payment details or other queries, please email

****We pride ourselves on diversity & inclusion. However, in order to get the most from one of our Intro-Spins, we suggest that you have a general level of fitness and some recent mountain biking experience. If you want to build up your skill and experience prior to joining us, we highly recommend having a mountain bike lesson ( are very good at this). Our Intro-Spins are not suitable for complete beginners.****

Underage Riders

Membership is open to those of 14 years or older, but extra rules apply, so please read them all here.

For further instructions on how to join the club, please click here.