Dying Cow / Mick Byrne 200

Date: Saturday 10th September 2022

Closing Date for Entries: 7th September 2022

Organiser: Paul O’Donoghue, Sorrento CC

E-Mail: podluna@gmail.com

Address: 12 Tinnapark, Kilpeddar, Co. Wicklow

Entry Fee: €10 on Eventmaster, plus fees
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each
1-day Licence available if required €10.  This will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not have a valid Annual Cycling Ireland Licence.

Entry on Eventmaster: Link to follow

Start Point: Bray Wheelers Clubhouse, Bray, Co Wicklow

Start Time: 8am

Facilities: Parking available at start/finish. Due to Covid-19, this is a self-supported event, no access to any indoor facilities at start/finish. Entrants mobile phone numbers can be added to an optional WhatsApp group, and photo proof of passage at intermediate controls can be posted live to the WhatsApp group if riders wish to do so.  Otherwise photos can be uploaded after the event, or sent by e-mail.  If anyone does not wish to do any of these, they can still send in the receipts etc by post, but this must be done promptly to avoid holding up the event admnistration.  David will be at the Finish, but for obvious reasons we want to minimise the handling of various bits of sweaty paper !


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 a control at Bookey Bridge near 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, via the control at Woodenbridge, to Rathdrum and Rathnew on the way back up to Bray, with the Windgates Hill as a sting in the tail for the weary.

Food and drinks for self-supply along the route, without any detour, available in Aughrim at 66km, Hackettstown at 92km, then a remote 60km or so to Woodenbridge at 151km, Rathnew at 178km.

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.

Dying Cow Wicklow 200 – County Permanent Version

Here is a version of the Dying Cow Route, which stays within Co. Wicklow, and can be ridden during Covid Level 3 restrictions


See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland