The Night of the Swan 300

On the first weekend on June I am organizing a 300k night time brevet. It is an opportunity for anyone headed for PBP to get more experience with night time riding, testing lights, reflective gear and strategies for staying awake through the first night at PBP. It is also available for anyone who may still need a 300k qualifier, or those who are working on the RRTY.

I have organized night brevets on PBP years in the States, and they tend to be small events, but those who participate really enjoy them.

This ride starts in Market Square in Kildare, at 6 pm. Kildare is near the M7, and it is well served by rail and bus lines (including express buses stopping at Kildare Village).Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday. The route takes you to the small village of The Swan in Co. Laois, where I plan to have a staffed control with food and drink through the night. The route goes through The Swan four times, at 44k, 111k, 178k and 256k, making it possible to enjoy riding on good minor roads in rural Ireland when there are no services likely to be available. I can also carry a small bag for each rider from the start to the control in The Swan and back to the finish.

Links to map, entry form and payment info at I plan to do my preride this weekend, but I don’t expect any significant change to the route or the ride.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you need any additional information.


Mick Byrne Entries Closing.


Entries are filling fast on one of the best 200km events in Ireland!

The 8th annual Mick Byrne Randonee will take place on Sunday May 31st 2015, starting at Dalkey, Co Dublin and as usual there will be three adventurous routes from 100km up to a testing 200km on some of the most beautiful roads in Co.Wicklow .This year the entry numbers are limited to 250 participants.All funds raised on the day will go to help the building of the new Wicklow Hospice facility.Last year you helped raise nearly €3500 on the day!

During your day you will experience stunning views of not only numerous mountain vistas including views to Co.Wexford but with the final test of your day ascending from Laragh over the tough Sally Gap you will need to keep something in reserve. The consolation of going up will surely be the welcoming scenery of Dublin Bay on your descent and return home to Dalkey along the coast.

This event in memory of a man who was one of the prime movers in the foundation of Sorrento Cycling Club in 1968. One of his main ambitions was that people of all ages get to experience the joy, excitement and adventure of cycling! On the Mick Byrne Randonee you will experience all three in generous helpings….plus new friendships made along the way.

The 100km and 160km routes are great advance preparation for the Wicklow 200 and the 200km has over 3000 meters of climbing, a true challenge for any cyclist.There will be a number of feed stations provided along the routes to keep your strength up during your tour of the Garden County. This year to ensure we make this as enjoyable as possible for you, we must cap the entry at 300 riders over the three routes so early entries are vital.

All Entries will close on Monday 25th May @11.30pm and no entries will be taken on the day!

A Cycling Ireland Licence will not be necessary as CI waive the need due to our charitable status.


Eventbrite - Mick Byrne 200

If you want to test yourself on one of the best routes in Wicklow click onto the Events page on the box above to make an online entry for the Mick Byrne 200 on Sunday 31st May.

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