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Monday 16 October 2017

Bikers take to the slopes to enjoy sunshine

AS temperatures soared adventurous Dubliners caught rays on the Ticknock mountain biking trail.

The rocky trail tucked high above the city the scenic route attracts thrill-seekers who want to take in the sunshine while doing something a little different.

Other sun-worshippers took to the more traditional beaches and sun spots.

Three women were rescued from Sandymount strand last night after they got lost on the beach when fog came in.

In a separate incident last night, a 15-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after she fell in the Bullock Harbour area of Dalkey. She sustained a broken leg.

Earlier on the bike trail, James Duffy cycled the trek yesterday for an early morning workout.

"I used to race up here when I was younger and now at 35 I've come back to it and it's phenomenal," he told the Herald.

"The re-design means that walkers and bikers alike can share the mountain," he added.

Ticknock trail is one of the only purpose-built mountain biking tracks in the country.

The Glasnevin man managed to complete the track in an hour but he is a familiar face along the trail.

"I try to come up at least once a week or more if I can," he said.

Swords native Sean Cryan also braved the slopes in the heat yesterday. "It's a beautiful place to cycle and I wanted to show my bike some action so this place is perfect- and so close to the city," he said.

The track is around 8km long and it is known as being a challenging route among biking enthusiasts.

This weeks heatwave is expected to last until for the rest of the week, including the weekend.

Today may be the hottest day of the heatwave with temperatures expected to climb to around 24 degrees but some areas in the East may see temperatures as high as 25 degrees.

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