Dying Cow 200

Date: Saturday 5th September 2020

Closing Date for Entries: 29th August 2020

Organiser: David Murphy, Sorrento CC

E-Mail: newtownbabe@icloud.com

Address: 119 Silchester Park, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Entry Fee: €10 on Eventmaster, plus €1 fees
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each
1-day Licence if required €5

Entry on Eventmaster: EVENTMASTER-Dying Cow 200

CI Licence, or 1-day Licence required.

Start Point: Bray Wheelers Clubhouse, Bray, Co Wicklow

Start Time: 8am

Facilities: Parking available at start. Most controls manned, with water and some food available. Showers available at Finish.

Map: Dying Cow Route Map 2018

The Dying Cow is a a solid 200, not flat certainly, but nowhere near as unrelentingly brutal as the Mick Byrne 200. Starting with a fast run down the coast road from Bray, the route turns inland before Rathnew over the first undulations to Laragh, then over the hills to Greenane, through Ballinaclash and on to Aughrim.  Following the river road to Aughavanna Bridge, the hills start increasing in size as you push west to Rathdangan and the control at the Village Pantry. Then comes the first serious challenge of the day – the viciously steep climb by the eponymous “Dying Cow” pub. If you can make it up this without resorting to your granny gear, you are a grimpeur indeed.  You have the opportunity to recover on the next stretch through Shillelagh and on to Coolboy before tackling the ascent to the old Wicklow Gap. The remainder of the ride offers few challenges, passing through Arklow, Rathdrum and Rathnew on the way back up to Bray, with the Windgates Hill as a sting in the tail for the weary.

Permanent Ride

If riding this route as a Permanent ride on a date of your own choice, please pay the €5 Entry fee to paypal@audaxireland.org and contact David at newtownbabe@icloud.com to make arrangements.

See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland