REK 400

Start 2014

Start

Date: Not scheduled in 2017

Organiser: Niall Diamond (ndiamond@eircom.net)

Contact Address: 17 Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16.

Mobile: 087 985 7894

Entry Fee €5
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medal €5
1-day Licence if required €5

Payment Details:

Please include Entry Fee, Medal Fee (Optional) and 1-day Licence Fee, if required.

By PayPal to paypal@audaxireland.org

Or by cheque/PO/post (payable to Audax Ireland) to Andreas Voigt, 68 Dunluce Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

If paying by PayPal, please ensure you pay any charges yourself, and the club receives the full entry fee.  Whether by post or PayPal, please make sure to include your name, and which event you are entering with your payment !

Closing Date for Entries:

Start Location: Stephen Roche Monument, Dundrum Town Centre (beside fountains), Dublin 14

Start Time: 6.00am

Parking: Parking in the area is ok.  There is free Parking on Meadow Grove, very close to the Start.  Arrive early or late, as Shopping Centre workers take the parking spaces during the day.  There is also some free parking at the entrance to Parkvale Estate on Sandyford Road, approx. 1km South of the Start.  There is also a small free car park slightly (200m) further South on Sandyford Road. If you have your bike on the car roof, beware of overhead barriers !

Mandatory: Cycling Ireland Licence, Helmet and good lights. One-day Licence available at start if required, for €5.00

Ride with GPS Map:  Ride with GPS map-REK400

The REK (Roche-Elliott-Kelly) 400 is one of the most demanding yet rewarding routes in the Audax Ireland calendar.

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Starting from the Stephen Roche Monument in Dundrum, it ascends Glenmalure to the Shay Elliott Memorial

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before pushing south through the hills of Wexford and Kilkenny to Sean Kelly Square in Carrick-on-Suir.

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Looping back through the Kilkenny hills, and crossing the outbound route at Kiltealy, you head east through Enniscorthy to Blackwater, and then up the coast road to Arklow, Laragh and the finish.

Recommended Control points are the TOP Garage in Carnew (not the first one, which is closed, there is a second one further out of town), the excellent little “Martys Pantry” Café in Sean Kelly Square, Carrick-on-Suir, and the Blackwater Lodge Hotel in Blackwater.

Although there aren’t many big mountains on the route, the constant succession of smaller hills will challenge the majority of randonneurs and in the final hundred kilometers even the minor ascents can be testing for tired legs.

The start time of 6am means that all entrants can expect several hours of cycling in darkness – good lights, warm clothing and reflective gear are essential. However the scenery is more than adequate compensation, taking in the best that Leinster has to offer with fantastic views and quiet roads.

This is a self-supported event so there probably will not be any manned controls, or support vehicle. However, there are plenty of options for refuelling en-route as noted above. Riders arriving in Blackwater after about 11pm may have difficulty finding somewhere to eat, so should be prepared to carry enough food to get them home the last 100kms !  I am looking at the possibility of a manned control in this area at the moment, more info later.

Please read this page for more details on what to expect on a self-supported event.

Pics from 2014, courtesy of Aidan Creaner

Dave Mc & Shay

Dave Mc & Shay

Sean Kelly Plaque, Carrick-on-Suir

Sean Kelly Plaque

Graiguenamanagh

Graiguenamanagh

Arrivee, Stephen Roche Monument, Dundrum

Arrivee-Stephen Roche Monument

 

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