Organiser: Pat Dease
The Excelsior 200 has been designed to provide a good challenge over the shorter Audax distance of 200 Kilometres.
As most of the more difficult Audax events take place over distances of 300 Kilometres or greater it seemed appropriate to design a route that would provide a serious challenge but within a shorter distance and time frame that still leaves room to get home in time for Tea.
As such, the route includes an elevation gain of over 4000 metres covering a distance of 208 Kilometres.
The route starts and ends just outside Shankill, South County Dublin and consists of several loops around the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. While most of the route surface is of good quality road there are a couple of short sections where the road surface is considerably broken and potholed but these sections are few and far between.
For most of the ride you will be travelling in just two directions, either up or down but the scenery should provide plenty of distraction. Due to the numerous sharp descents it is highly recommended to double check tyres and brakes before setting out on the ride.
The route has been designed as a test of fitness, time management and navigation but should prove relatively straight forward to the average Audax rider, if a little taxing on the legs.
In rainy or misty conditions visibility will reduce downhill speeds considerably and impact on overall time, and depending on fitness perhaps even make the time limit difficult to hit or put you under pressure. Likewise any mechanical problems will impact heavily on the time limit.
The “loops” on the course require careful consideration/navigation if they are to be completed in the correct direction. Another thing to note is feeding and watering. A mildly warm day will require serious rehydration given the amount of climbing and the calorific expenditure over the course distance is higher than normal.
There is a long haul after Enniskerry until Blessington and the limited options for replenishing food or water between Enniskerry and Blessington are Knockree Youth Hostel for water, and a Cafe at Glencree which may or may not be open (recommended to check in advance if you plan on using either, in hot weather I’d advise a Camelbak).
Given the amount of climbing it is advisable to lighten the load as much as possible while also still ensuring enough food and water are on board. You can normally struggle through a bonk to a Shop or Cafe but on this route if you bonk in the wrong place you will suffer and may be unable to continue or finish within time (For myself on a cool/cold day I drank 4 litres between Enniskerry and Blessington……. each to their own).
The ride culminates in a pan flat final kilometre into Shanganagh/Shankill !
Routesheet: Excelsior 200
GPS Map: Excelsior 200
Entry Fee: €5 by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post, payable to Audax Ireland, to:
Andreas Voigt, 12 Brookville Park, Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin 5, D05 F6T2.
Please remember to say which event and which rider you are paying for.
Cycling Ireland Licence required, Permanents cannot be ridden on a 1-day Licence.
- 1.5 Loughs winter permanent.
- Adrian Nealon 200 (& 100)
- Angel of Mons 200
- Ardattin 200
- Around Down 200
- Audare 200
- Banner 200
- Big Fella 200 (Permanent)
- Birr 200
- Blackwater 200 (Permanent)
- Coastal Classique 200 Permanent
- Crumbling Rocks 200 Permanent
- Dark Hedges 200
- Dawn Raid 200
- Dying Cow 200
- Dying Light 200
- East Wicklow 200 (Permanent only)
- 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
- Kingsmountain 200
- Long Heron/5 Aqueducts 200
- Mayo 200
- Mayo Western Lakes 200/100 MTB
- Mayo XTRM 200
- Mick Byrne 200
- Midlands Meander 200
- Midleton 200
- North Leinster Riviera 200 Permanent
- Nutcracker 200
- Orwell Dublin-Meath-Kildare 200
- Pink Elephant 200
- Rock Savage 200
- Tara 200
- Temporary Fever Hospital 200
- The Cheeky 200 Permanent
- Titanic Torr 200
- Tubbercurry Offroad 200
- Vanishing Battalion 200
- Waterside 200 (Permanent only)
- West Wicklow 200 Permanent
- Wolfe Tone West Cork 200
- Wolftrap 200
- Yola 200