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The GAP: Sustainable and Local Business Building A Mountain bike Mecca

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dlrcc proud to provide assistance in trail centres expansion!

Mountain biking in Ireland has just become world class. The GAP's expansion to their trail network is set to elevate Ireland's position in the global mountain biking industry.

Over the last 4 years the GAP has become a breeding ground for talent. These new trails continue to push the bar instilling confidence in young Irish racers and is sure to up the progression for Ireland whilst racing abroad. Not only encouraging more young men and women to race but also lending Ireland a higher calibre of downhill rider to showcase in leading global racing events.

The GAP has received support in terms of funding and promotion from dlrcc in running their own downhill and enduro races which started in 2019, as well as part funding the construction of the outdoor dining area by the café among other supports.

The initial construction of the 6 new trails was 50% funded by the LEADER programme. This funding was essential and greatly accelerated the park's expansion.

Speaking of the announcement of the new trails An Cathaoirleach Lettie McCarthy said:

The GAP is at the forefront of outdoor activities and sustainable active tourism in the Dublin Mountains. It is a great example of how a local business can grow and thrive in our upland areas. I’m delighted that the Council has been able to assist the GAP with it’s business expansion and I wish them and all their mountain biking patrons the very best in the future.

These trails greatly enhance the GAP's offering and will attract riders from overseas tapping into a very current and active adventure tourism marketing trend!

Sinead Murphy from the GAP added:

COVID-19 has proved to be a boon for the mountain bike industry as bike sales have risen up to five times during the pandemic. Adventure tourism is the fastest-growing tourism industry worldwide, and several countries are focusing on new mountain bike strategies aiming for an economic boost. The global mountain biking industry is now valued at around 8.8 billion.



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