An East Clare Meander 200

Organiser: Tim Ling

Event Date: 16th March 2024

Closing date for entries: 13th March 2024

E-Mail: tjling1@gmail.com

Mobile: 087 3199697

Note that the 2024 event features a new start point and route changes from previous editions. Riders should ensure they are using the most up-to-date GPS files.

All entries must be made on Eventmaster only.  Cycling Ireland Licence is mandatory.  One-day Licence is available for €20 if required, this will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number.

Entry on Eventmaster only:

Entry fee: €5 plus Eventmaster Fees

Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each

Start time 8.00am.  7.30am for Registration.

RidewithGPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45527503

Start Location: Woodford, Co. Galway

Facilities/Parking:

Helmets and Cycling Ireland Licence (Annual or One-day) mandatory.

Route Description:

An East Clare Meander is an Audax Event in East Clare and South Galway passing through the Slieve Aughty and 12 O’Clock Hills. Starting in Woodford it meanders past Lough Atorik and Lough Graney before reaching the first Control at Gort. Then onwards climbing over Maghera Hill and then onto the control at Cat 2 Climb of Maghera Mast, which featured in the 2023 edition of the Rás Tailteann. Then onto the next control at Quin and it’s beautiful Franciscan Friary. Onwards to the Snatty Trailhead to ascend the 12 O’Clock Hills. Next up is Cat 3 climb Gap Road to Killaloe with an average of 9.9% gradient before dropping into the next control at Killaloe. Finally the route meanders back through the Slieve Aughty’s to the finish at Woodford.

Be aware there is a section of compacted mud and gravel between 125k-130k. Anyone with tyres below 28mm should proceed with care. Also there are many steep descents , caution is also advised.

Controls at Gort, Maghera Mast, Quin and Killaloe.

Food available in Flagmount, Gort, Tulla, Quin, Killaloe and Scariff.

This route is also available to be ridden as a Permanent on date of your choice, by arrangement with Tim. Full details on riding Permanents here: https://www.audaxireland.org/audax/permanents/


See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland