The weekend of April the 20th and 21st will see a major new event take place in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands around the Slieve Bloom mountain bike trails, with events in both Offaly and Laois hosting a series of family-friendly bike-themed activities.
Saturday 20th April – Baunreagh, Co. Laois
- Coillte Biking Blitz Day One | 9am to 4pm | pre entry only
- Kids events | 10am
- Senior races | 12:30pm
- Big Bike Movie Night – Giltraps Townhouse | 8:30pm
Sunday 21st April – Kinnitty, Co. Offaly
- Coillte Biking Blitz Day Two | 9am to 4pm | pre entry only
- Kids events | 10am
- Balance Bike Track | Open from 10am | free event
- Senior races | 12.30pm
- Awards Presentation | 4pm
- Spectator access is free
- Catering, music, and commentary throughout the day!
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About the Festival
The Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Festival is a two-day festival event intended to showcase the spectacular Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
Located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, and spanning the County Offaly and Laois border, the trails offer over 100km of riding on fast and flowing single track.
The festival is Ireland’s premier family mountain bike event which features the ‘Coillte Biking Blitz’ competition on Saturday and Sunday, plus the ‘Big Bike Movie Night’ on Saturday night.
The ‘Coillte Biking Blitz’ is a mass start cross-country mountain bike event, aimed primarily at beginners but with something for everyone. There are three categories for adults to choose from: Novice, E-Bike or Expert, plus youth events for 6-year-olds and up. All events in the Biking Blitz must be entered for online in advance, pre entry only.
In addition to the opportunities to mountain bike, there will be great social events on offer, including:
Big Bike Movie Night – Giltraps Townhouse, Kinnitty Village
Saturday 20th April, 8:30pm
The Big Bike Film Night is an evening dedicated to the love of cycling, bringing the best cycling short films from around the world together for the viewer.
The 2024 collection has a breath-taking range of short movies that are original, informative, entertaining and most importantly of all – inspirational; all celebrating the fun, adventure, and joy that cycling enables, with human-powered stories.
So whether its road cycling, single speed, mountain biking, downhill, BMX, uni-cycling, cargo bikes, bike touring, bike trekking, commuter, cruiser, cycle-cross, penne farthing, tri-cycle, tandem, … all are embraced, all accepted, and all honoured in this tribute to the humble bike.
Discover the magic of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
Experience Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, a beautifully unspoiled part of Ireland where life moves at its own pace. Listen to the ebb and flow of trickling streams, kayak across wonderful waterways and explore magical forest treks and trails.
Meander across expansive boglands, majestic mountains and open valleys. Visit the riverside towns and villages dotted throughout this enchanting region. Make sure to stop and soak up the peaceful atmosphere, there’s nowhere quite like it. Read more here.