Wheels hit dirt again at Glencullen Adventure Park (The GAP) on June 10th when coronavirus restrictions are eased back.
It’s been a lean time for many mountain bikers during COVID-19, with lockdown putting most MTB trails out of reach, now the light at the end of the tunnel is a whole lot brighter with news of The GAP in the Dublin Mountains reopening.
While social distance rules will apply, in particular uplifts, bigger news is the arrival of some mega new trails to lay tracks into.
Glencullen Adventure Park is ready to open again, and the place is looking shredded!
Next week marks the start of phase 2 with your new work out circumference now stretching to a comfortable 20km radius. And if that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, Glencullen Adventure Park, based in the Dublin Mountains, is finally opening its doors Wednesday June 10th after carrying out months of extensive work to the trails and with the addition of two new highly anticipated trails that have had the MTB rumour mill spinning since April.
Glencullen Adventure Park – The GAP – is Ireland’s leading Mountain Biking Facility, With 16 All-Mountain trails, including those new trails, not yet experienced!
The last 3 months has really clipped the freedom we get from going out on our bikes and getting active together. City Slickers have had to stay inside staring at their bikes and even if you are lucky enough to be living in a more rural area there is a sense of guilt uploading your 48km lunch loop to Strava.
Lockdown has us all feeling tired, but with restrictions starting to ease there is a lot for mountain bikers to begin to get excited about.
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The lads are starting to feel the pressure getting ready for next week. 😅 All going well, hoping to have this bad boy open for next Saturday… BUT ! WE CAN'T COME UP WITH A NAME!! So… COMPETITION TIME!! Think you have a brilliant name for the new trail? To enter please follow @gapmtb on insta or Fb (just because!) then comment below what you would like to name the trail! 🔥🔥🔥
Owner Matthew Davy said: “It was really hard for the park during the initial closure. We had been gathering huge momentum and making constant upgrades to the trails and felt like we had really come into our own league as Ireland’s top Mountain Biking Facility, then Covid hit.
“It set us back but in a very real way it allowed for a bit of breathing space. We began to build again and now with the countdown to re-opening it takes me back to that initial excitement 3 years ago when we first opened in July 2017. I just can’t wait; the customers are going to love it!”
And that’s not all, the lads have been so busy ~paving waves~ through the forest, they still haven’t come up with a name for their newest edition, expected to finish construction Saturday June 13th.
There is a competition over on The Gap’s Facebook page for customers to come up with a trail name https://www.facebook.com/GlencullenAdventurePark/posts/1510809179090679
Grubs Up! – The GAP Kitchen
Glencullen Adventure Park is due to open June 10th with the GAP Kitchen/Café opening for takeout on the outdoor picnic benches.
Said head chef & owner of the Café, Gary Eustace: ‘We encourage road cyclists and hikers to pop in for a coffee or a burger too, the park is a biking & hiking paradise for all!’
Social distancing measures still in place means there is a change to how the uplift will operate. So in response to government restrictions the GAP will be rolling out their new GROUP UPLIFT PASS. Please see below further clarification:
New Uplift Protocols
Group Uplift Passes – Starting provisionally June 10th – The GAP will be rolling out new Group Uplift Passes.
Due to the ongoing situation regarding social distancing we have changed our approach to how the uplift operates. This is a temporary measure to be put in place until such a time that the government restrictions are eased.
What this means is the uplift is now only bookable to families or groups that have been cocooning together. Groups of 2-8 people may book half the uplift van for their party.
The price for each half of the van is set to be €125 for 3 hours regardless of whether it’s 2 people or 8. For example, to book a group of 4 people the 3 hour slot would cost €31.25 each.
Each uplift van is now kitted out with a protective screen down the middle and a further shield to separate the uplift driver from the customers. Vans and trailers will be wiped down and sanitised after each slot and riders oversee mounting their own bikes on to the trailers and removing them once the van reaches its destination at the top of the hill.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗣 𝗨𝗣𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗧 𝗣𝗔𝗦𝗦 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗲–𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸:
If you encounter any issues booking, please call us on 01-2942782.
Bike Rentals & Pedal Up
Bike Rentals booked Separately and are also available for booking -> www.thegap.ie/bike-rental to control proper sanitation of helmets, safety gear and Bike Rentals we will only be issuing one bike per person per day.
The pedal up will be available as normal and still only a fiver! Customers are urged to pay for their pass ahead of arrival by booking online through the GAP’s website.
There is ample parking and the car park is charged at €2 per car.