A mountain biking course which will host dozens of elite competitors in the World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland is one of the finest of its kind, organisers said.
Police and firemen will hurtle down knife-edge slopes and rock-strewn paths in the scenic Mourne Mountains in Co Down in a bid to be crowned champion. The labyrinth of near-vertical trails cost £1.9 million to build and was created by enthusiasts of the high-adrenaline sport.
Northern Ireland will host the Games from August 1-10 and aims to attract thousands of visitors from around 60 countries. Up to 7,000 competitors are expected in all disciplines.