The Epic Epicness of Ireland’s Most Epically Scary Trail

The Epic Epicness of Ireland’s Most Epically Scary Trail

Next time you think the drops on Poison Spider or the end of Porcupine Rim are something to watch out for, consider the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland, where Hans Rey put in yet another epic riding session. Almost 700 feet and dead sheer, they’re the kind of mountain biking hazards that’ll make you back off your cleat tension—or just plain back off.


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Next time you think the drops on Poison Spider or the end of Porcupine Rim are something to watch out for, consider the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland, where Hans Rey put in yet another epic riding session. Almost 700 feet and dead sheer, they’re the kind of mountain biking hazards that’ll make you back off your cleat tension—or just plain back off.

“Locals warned us of the upward drafts, which blow people off the cliffs – and sure enough the wind was picking up,” writes Rey on his website. “Even though the conditions and weather were less than good, this was our one and only chance to ride the cliffs, so we did. It was a rad feeling to ride along the exposed edges and jump over some of the gaps.”

The last time I saw Hans he was still banged up from a broken left foot after he dumped it riding Telonix trail in Laguna Beach, but he was fired up about a new project called Wheels 4 Life. Like many, he’d fallen in love with Africa and had launched a program to get inexpensive bikes to the villagers he’d met in Tanzania. As of February, W4L had delivered 135 bikes to Tanzania–and lots more in other places.

As for Ireland, the singletrack to the top of the cliffs “was one of the more spectacular trails I have ridden”, Hans wrote, and that’s saying something—this guy has ridden in Cuba, Egypt, Brazil, and Borneo, among an atlas’s worth of other epic spots. To see more photos and read about the whole adventure, check out his trip report here.

All photos by Victor Lucas.

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Jared Hargrave
    Reply

    That would probably make me crap my pants. Incredible.

  • Bevin Wallace
    Reply

    I would be scared to walk along that — let alone ride a bike!

    • scasimiro
      Reply

      Ha. No, you wouldn’t…

  • Erik
    Reply

    Wow! That pic and story make my palms sweat and testicles shrink! Great post!

  • Eileen Lucchesi
    Reply

    the cliffs are so incredible I was scared just looking at them. Eileen

  • Geof Finch
    Reply

    Are you kidding …! I’d have to wear a parachute….

  • Betty
    Reply

    Looks insanely fun!

  • Joe
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    WOW! I know this is an older post but I just saw that picture. At first I thought it was a walking trail. . . but on Bikes! WOW!!! Makes Moab look like a prairie! (editors note: I love Moab – just making a joke – please refrain from hate mail – there is some amazing riding there for those who can’t get to Ireland just yet- http://www.atvtrails.org/Utah.html)

  • Dot Soabe
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    You guys use the word “epic” like it’s going out of style. Don’t insult Ireland or the beauty of those cliffs by being an annoying “dude” shouting “yooooooo epic braaahhhh!”

  • Captain America
    Reply

    And you guys should get a sense of humor.

  • Dan
    Reply

    I hope those are just rock formations that look a lot like discarded tires than actual discarded tires in the 2nd bottom pic.

  • Kevin Lee
    Reply

    That’s such a sick trail, there’s nothing as breath taking as that anywhere around here

  • Avgeris Alexandros
    Reply

    I fell from that trail once.. still falling ;p

  • dskitunes
    Reply

    this is epic

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