Dromara Cycling Club are proud to present their 2009 winter series of Trail Quests to raise money for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.  These off-road adventures are great for all levels of cyclists who want to discover the lanes, bridle ways and trails around County Down in a hunt for markers.  The events have time limits which means you have to find the most markers possible and return to base within the time limit.  The dates and locations of the events are given below.  At the end of the series there will be a prize giving at the Shimna Valley Cancer Care Home.  The prizes have been donated by the following cycle shops to whom we would like to thank again for their generous support.

Mourne Cycles

View list of teams entered for this round

Location of event headquarters

Round 1 - Sunday 8th November 2009  (Report)
Dromara Football Club, Rathfriland Road, Dromara.

Round 2 - Sunday 15th November 2009 (Report)
Daft Eddies, Sketrick Island, Whiterock, Killinchy BT23 6QH

Round 3 - Sunday 6th December 2009   (Report)
Dolly's Brea Inn, Gargarry Road, Ballyward, Castlewellan

Round 4 - Sunday 27th December 2009 (Report)
Brennans Garage, Newcastle Road, Seaforde.

Round 5 - Sunday 17th January 2010     (Report)
Shimna Valley Home, Bryansford Road Newcastle.

Round 6 - Sunday 24th January 2010
Paddy's Barn, 37a Mearne Road, Saul, Downpatrick, BT30 6SY

Food will be available after all the events.  Event locations have toilet facilities and Round 1 also has shower facilities.
All proceeds and a club donation will be given to
The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children's Home,
Shimna Valley, Bryansford Road, Newcastle.
Donate direct here

  • The trail quest will have more points than you will have time to visit so you need to chose the best route.
  • Dromara CC Trail quest rules will apply (see the bottom of this page)
  • Adult teams have a time limit of 3 hours.  Teams with junior riders have a time limit of 2 hours.
  • Maximum of 3 persons per team.
  • Maps supplied will be of good quality and you will not need a
  • Sign on from 9:45 am with first start at 10:31 am.
  • Helmets are essential.

Summary of the fees

Over 16sUnder 16sFee
1010 / €10
1115 / €15
1215 / €15
2020 / €20
2120 / €20
3020 / €20

Please pay on the day.  

Dromara Cycling Club Trailquest Rules
Trailquest is a young sport and the aim is to keep rules to the minimum to achieve good public relations, safety & fairness.
  • Competitors must report to the finish even if they retire. Failure to do so may render entrants liable to search and rescue costs.
  • Competitors must wear a helmet & should carry a charged mobile phone in case of emergencies.
  • Team Members must keep in voice contact at all times - including at the control sites and finish. Penalty 25% loss of overall score.
  • Individual solo and team competitors must navigate and ride independantly of other competitors. Penalty 25% loss of overall score.
  • Competitors must close all gates, pass or overtake walkers and equestrians slowly and courteously, treat the rural commmunity with due consideration and aim to cause no damage to the environment.
  • Competitors must offer assistance to any competitors who are injured or in danger. Compensation for time lost can be awarded at the discretion of the event organiser.
  • Preriding an event area is not considered to be within the spirit of the event.
  • Competitors should record answers in the appropriate numbered box. If the record card becomes damaged time will be allowed to rewrite the answers onto a fresh record sheet.
  • Towing or the use of towing aids is not allowed
Point penalty system
  • 1-5 minutes late        1 point per minute penalty
  • 6-10 minutes late      2 points per minute penalty
  • 11-15 minutes late    5 points per minute penalty
  • 15-30 minutes late    10 points per minute discretion
  • Over 30 minutes late    Loss of all points

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