Birr 200

Date: Saturday 13th January 2024

Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****)   **

Organiser: Peter Doyle (086 1603895)

Organising Club: Wolftrap CC

Contact Address: Peter Doyle, Fancroft, Roscrea, Co.Offaly


Entry on Eventmaster only:

Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each

Closing Date for Entries: Tuesday 9th January 2024

Start Location: Birr Rugby Club, Birr, Co. Offaly

Start Time: 8.00am

Mandatory: Cycling Ireland Licence, Helmet and good lights.  Cycling Ireland Licence required.  If a valid Licence number is not entered on Eventmaster, a 1-day Licence will be charged automatically for €20.

Ride with GPS Map:

Route Description:

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 57km.

The next leg is fairly flat towards Loughrea and along the shores of Lough Rea and towards the foothills of the Slieve Aughty mountains where there are a few drags, but nothing too hard before reaching the second control in Portumna at 125km where you cross the Shannon again and into Co. Tipperary.

The third leg of the route heads to Moneygall for the third control at the Barack Obama Plaza at 160km.

The route follows the old Dublin – Limerick road into Roscrea and then heads back towards Birr along quiet roads via a small climb at Leap Castle.

Good lights are essential and riders will not be allowed to start without them.

See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland