Date: Sunday 18th February 2018
Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****) **
Organiser: William Finnane
Organising Club: Wolftrap CC
Contact Address: 28 High Street, Birr, Co. Offaly
Mobile: 087 2029970
“Eventbrite” Online Entry: Eventbrite Birr 200 Entry
Entry Fee by post: €5 postal order/cheque (payable to Wolftrap CC) to William Finnane at above address.
Download Audax Entry Form here Audax Entry Form-New Entry Forms may be printed and posted, or scanned and e-mailed to above postal or e-mail addresses as appropriate.
Closing Date for Entries: Friday 9th February 2018
Start Location: Birr Rugby Club, Birr, Co. Offaly
Start Time: 8.00am
Mandatory: Cycling Ireland Licence, Helmet and good lights. One-day Licence available at start if required, cost €5.00
Ride with GPS Map: Ride with GPS Birr 200
The Birr 200 is designed as a route suitable for winter riding, it sticks to fairly flat roads with good surfaces and has a control about every 40-50km. The biggest challenge at this time of the year is usually the weather and lack of training. The route starts in the historic Georgian town of Birr, Co. Offaly and heads North towards Banagher where it crosses the Shannon into Co. Galway, there is a small climb out of Eyrecourt over Redmount Hill before reaching the first control in Ballinasloe after 42km.
The next leg is fairly flat through Galway to the second Control in Loughrea at 78.8km.
Leaving the control you cycle past the shores of Lough Rea and towards the foothills or the Slieve Aughty mountains where there are a few drags, but nothing too hard before reaching the next control in Portumna at 113.4km where you cross the Shannon again and into Co. Tipperary.
The third leg of the route heads to Nenagh along the main road where there is a control at 141.5km, riders then head to Cloughordan along quiet roads and into Roscrea and back to Birr via a small climb at Leap Castle.
Good lights are essential and riders will not be allowed to start without them.