MBCC was a prominent mountain bike club in Ireland back in the early 90’s when a few of our more senior members took up the sport. As time passed by, The club saw a decline in numbers over the years with members like Gary Yeo and others doing a great job of holding it together as best they could.
The club was later given a new lease of life during the mid 2000’s by Peter Stanley, Peter O Loughlin, Niall O’ Donovan and Conor Hallahan, These lads had a new direction and aim in their sights. They wanted to provide a club that was much more focused on getting bodies out on bikes, for spins, meet ups etc. rather than just concentrating on the racing aspect of the sport..
They also wanted to cater for all off road disciplines including Cross County (XC), Downhill (DH), Cyclo-Cross (CX) and nowadays Enduro. With the backing of Cycling Ireland’s offroad commision, “Off Road cycling is the discipline of cycling where riders use specially designed bikes to cycle in rough terrain or cycling trails.” The club has been given a focused direction in which to cater for all disciplines.
Spins are the main spine of the club where gatherings and events are organised through our members Whatsapp spins group, News articles get posted here on the website and on the members only forum, where we discuss and debate the important stuff, like tyre pressures, new trails and upcoming events!
New members are always welcome . MBCC has a large volume of members, both young and old, with men, women & teenagers all enjoying the benefits club life. New members are given more attention from the beginning with organised monthly beginner friendly spins.
Our membership fees go towards paying the Cycling Ireland affiliation each year, running events such as holding races, organising training days with professional riders, subsidising our club days out, purchasing tools for trail building as awell as club and trail maintenance.
Initiatives like the 20 X 20 were quickly adapted to promote diversity in a modern club. The new Cycling Ireland promotion #bikelikeme has selected 6 Advocates who will assist in promoting cycling to women and girls through their campaign. Club member Aisling has been one of the first chosen by Cycling Ireland to be an advocate.
The last year has been a difficult year with the cancellation of racing and many members not being able to hook up for their weekly spin, Never before has membership of the club been so important for supporting each other as we look forward to the brighter days ahead!
..like our bikes, the club is evolving to roll with the times.