Connaught Centenary 200

Date: 11th September 2021

Start: 8.00am, Sign-on from 07.30am at the Clock on The Square, Tubbercurry.

Organiser: Seamus O’Dowd

E-Mail: seamusodowd10@gmail.com

Phone: 085 174 0747

Entry on Eventmaster only: https://eventmaster.ie/event/qz08FP7SQq

A Centenary ride, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Audax Club Parisien, the governing body for all Audax events worldwide. In conjunction with Leinster, Munster and Ulster rides on the same date.

This event will be a challenging 200 and is open to any type of human-powered bike old or new. In trying to keep the route authentic, there is about 2km with no tar (smooth gravel). Most of the route is on very quiet rural roads winding its way through some of the fine views of Sligo. Don’t be using paper tyres or lightly spooked rims, 28c tyres or more will give more comfort.
There is plenty of parking at the start.

This is a self-supported event with shops available at Tubbercurry, Coolaney , Ballisodare, Strandhill, Sligo, Ballintogher and Ballymote.

From Tubbercurry, Lough Talt is first up at 15km, then on through the Ox Mountains to Lough Easky at 25km and the Ladies Brea. On the way to Coolaney at 58km you pass the National MTB Park. Strandhill at 83km might be the last place to refuel for a while so have a good look up at Knockrea, Queen Maeve might be watching down on you.  On towards Geevagh and there are fine views of Lough Arrow from Highwood at 122km. The Caves of Kesh Hill at 143km have some history but a visit will be for another day. On to Ballinafad and another view of Lough Arrow before heading to Ballymote. Last is the Hill of Knocknashee, (Hill of the Fairies) If you feel like singing here are the words.      http://www.countysongs.ie/song/hill-of-knocknashee

Controls by Photo

Lough Talt Church 16km

Ladies Brae 45.2km

Coolaney Shop 58km

Knocknarea, Strandhill  Shop 83km

Highwood Church 122km View of Lough Arrow

Caves of Kesh  143km

Ballinafad Castle (Ruin) 154km

Ballymote 174km Shop

Knocknashee  Hill 188.5km

Finish Tubbercurry.

Sligo 200 RwGPS Map https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34344771


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