It’s May. More light. More riding. And the circle is complete again.
Last year was a bit of clunky one for us, so 2013 has been a great year of change. And one project in particular has taken to the forefront of our efforts: The Hex AM
So a couple of weeks ago, Chris came to Ireland and we gave it the thorough testing it deserved.
Ireland has a long history with mountain biking. Trails are kept secret with the same Omerta code gangsters use. So you gotta dig. Explore. Ask. Search. Piece together sniffling’s of what looks rideable from the sanctity of the trail you just rode. Since I’ve moved back here, each ride has been part learning – and part Search. There’s also the explosion of designated trails and trail centre’s both in the Republic (or South of Ireland) – and up North – so the sport is gathering ground fast.
Car packed, dieseled to the cap and loaded with enough gear to let us pass as proper Pikeys – we hit the road. We headed to the West of Ireland – to a place called Derroura, in Oughterard (Ooo cchh ter ard). Weather was amazing. Stunning open dramatic skylines, always threatening and then bursting glorious sun. The ju-ju was good.
I hadn’t ridden with Chris since Denmark, on a previous hang-over ride and a whistle-stop visit – so it was great to be back with someone you know so well and not be in a rush to get back. Nothing like it actually. We chatted like two old ladies. Rode the rippers. Then stopped along the way for some photos too. They speak for themselves really…
We finished a full days riding, back into the car and drove East and back to Dublin. Day two was Wicklow bound. We rode a completely different set of trails – more rooty, rocky, loamy and slimy. Gnarly as fuck. Up and down and all about town. Bit of hike-a-bike. Couple of sections of descent/trail-checking first before you commit. The weather was playing hookie as well, so we even though we rode all day – it was completely different country. And the Hex performed again.
Day 3 dawned bright and sunny and so we stayed around Dublin and those infamous secret trails. Pictures were order of the day, and we were cursed. There as a mox on us and you what we did? We dropped the camera off, rode over the ‘hill’, met a mate and had a good catch up. Boom. Curse broken, ju-ju was back on and we had a ripper. Sometimes it just takes the ride to sort your shit out.
The Hex turned out the true gem it was designed to be. But we’ll have a much more in-depth review later on in the year. And we had a ball and got some great riding in. Happy days! So keep it simple, do what you know you love and will re-charge the soul and keep getting out there.
Here’s to a great Summer and keep checking back for more Kingdom updates!