Event Date: 11th November 2023
Start time: 08:00am
Closing Date for entries: 7th November 2023
Organising Club: Audax Ireland
Organiser: Mike Law
Mobile: 087 8228870
Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****):
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.
Eventmaster Entry Link: https://eventmaster.ie/event/eMLWIrKF8x
Entry fee: €5 plus Eventmaster Fees
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each
RidewithGPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38291109
Start Location: Cahir Castle, Cahir Co. Tipperary
[Note: – Eventmaster currents shows start point as Mitchelstown. This is incorrect and will be updated]
Parking/Facilities: Car parking is available at the start and on local streets.
“Oldies & Irish” – that musical stalwart of local radio programming on a Sunday morning is also a recurring theme on this route.
There isn’t a significant amount of climbing on the route and the highest point is 166m.
Rolling out from the shadow of Cahir Castle which dates back to the 13th century (though most of what can be seen externally is 15th & 17th century), riders will head West on farm lanes to the south of the Cork-Dublin motorway
On entering Mitchelstown, the route make a detour into the town via Kingston College square. This 18th century square was never actually an educational establishment, but rather housing “for decayed gentle men and gentle women of the Church of Ireland” and is still is use as a residential community.
“Decayed gentle randonneurs” unfortunately have to keep riding,
Passing near the main square and it’s statue of Land Leaguer John Mandeville, the route heads South West to the village of Glanworth, passing the narrow 17th century bridge which is probably the oldest unwidened bridge still in daily operation in the country. Continuing on through Castletownroche , riders will then start heading North to Doneraile and skirt around the Western edge of the Ballyhoura mountains.
Over the shoulder of the Ballyhoura mountains to Ballyhea, riders take to the backroads of Limerick, passing through the Effin, famous for it’s battle with Facebook to stop the village name being banned for being “offensive”.
Then, it’s on to deal with Kilmallock, Bruree (passing the cottage where Eamonn De Valera spent his formative years), Athlacca and Croom in relatively short order before swinging East and heading to Lough Gur, by way of the Grange Stone Circle, the largest in Ireland. Lough Gur is one of the main archaeological sites in Ireland and is surrounded by evidence of human occupation for over 5,000 years. If riders wish, they can divert from the route for a few hundred meters to the visitors centre which features a small refreshment kiosk.
At Pallasgreen, riders will have reached the most Northerly point of the route and now head South-East through Tipperary, passing through the villages of Donohill and Golden. Riders should note that some of the roads between Pallasgreen and Cahir are less than perfect and can have mud and stones dragged out from adjacent farms.
Golden features a ruined medieval castle but is also the birthplace of the “Apostle of Temperance” Father Theobald Matthew (who can be seen looking disapprovingly from his pedestals in the centre of Cork and Dublin).
Crossing over the M8 motorway, riders will enter the town of Cahir via the main square, passing the “Galtee” Inn which was the old stopping point for the Bianconi coaches before rolling into the finish at the castle car park
Road surfaces are mixed and gravel, mud and the occasional pothole is to be expected.
As a winter event on unlit roads, adequate lights are mandatory.
- –Dying Sow (permanent)
- 1.5 Loughs winter permanent.
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- Adrian Nealon 200 (& 100)
- An East Clare Meander 200
- Angel of Mons 200
- Ardattin 200
- Ardattin 200 Night Ride
- Around Down 200
- Audare 200
- Aughties EPIC 200 Audax
- Banner 200
- Big Fella 200
- Birr 200
- Blackwater 200 (Permanent)
- Coastal Classique 200 Permanent
- Connaught Centenary 200
- Crumbling Rocks 200 Permanent
- Dark Hedges 200
- Dawn Raid 200
- Dying Light 200
- East Wicklow 200 (Permanent only)
- Effin 200
- EWC 200
- Excelsior 200 Permanent
- Faceless Monk 200
- Fermanagh 200
- Forgotten Roads 200
- Fratres Cruciferi/4 Towers 200
- Gheimhridh 200 (Winter 200)
- Gimme Shelter 200
- Inner Ring 200
- Killeshin 200
- Kingsmountain 200
- Long Heron/4 Aquaducts 200
- Mayo 200
- Mayo Western Lakes 200/100 MTB
- Mayo XTRM 200
- Mick Byrne 200
- Midlands Meander 200
- Midleton 200
- Miners Cross 200
- North Leinster Riviera 200 Permanent
- Nutcracker 200
- Orwell 200
- Paddy Reilly 200
- Pink Elephant 200
- Rambo 200
- Rock Savage 200
- Sligo 200
- Tara 200
- Temporary Fever Hospital 200
- Titanic Torr 200
- Tubbercurry Offroad 200
- Vanishing Battalion 200
- West Wicklow 200 Permanent
- Wolfe Tone West Cork 200
- Wolftrap 200
- Yola 200