Gimme Shelter 200

Event now closed for 2019


Date: 23rd February 2019

Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****): ***

Organiser: Mike Law Phone: 087 8228870


Address: 11, The Crescent, Rockfield, Church Road, Blackrock, Cork T12 N4A8

Entries closed for 2019 – Event now full

Entry Limit: 40 riders

Download Entry Form: New Entry Forms

Entry Fee €6
Optional ACP and Audax Ireland Medals €7 each

Payment Details:

Please include Entry Fee, Medal Fee (Optional) and 1-day Licence Fee, if required.

By PayPal to

Or by cheque/PO/post (payable to Audax Ireland) to
Andreas Voigt
12 Brookville Park
Malahide Road
Dublin 5
D05 F6T2

If paying by PayPal, please ensure you pay any charges yourself, and the club receives the full entry fee.  Whether by post or PayPal, please make sure to include your name, and which event you are entering with your payment !

Start: Midleton, Co. Cork

Start Time: 08:00

Facilities: Car parking at the start

Draft Map (to be confirmed)- Draft Map

The “Gimme Shelter” is a new event for 2019, based out of Midleton, Co.Cork. Riders head South from Midleton by a series of back-roads to the townland of Inch in East Cork, before swinging around to the North East and starting on a 90 km trek along the Cork and Waterford coasts. While the road offers stunning views along the coastline, it doesn’t offer much in the line of hiding places from strong sea breezes and Easterly winds, hence the event name. On reaching the Waterford Gaeltacht village on An Rinn (Ring), the course curls around to the Northwest, trading sea views for the green fields of the Blackwater Valley. After passing though the iconic Dromara Gate, riders will then reach Cappoquin and Lismore and onwards to the final control of the day in the small town of Rathcormac. The final section takes an undulating back road over the highest point of the day (which, at < 200m, is little more than half the height of the largest climb on the Midleton 200) through agricultural areas and a small wooded glen before arriving back to Midleton and the finish.

Road surfaces are generally good but entrants should be aware that much of the route is on country lanes in agricultural areas and road conditions may deteriorate in sections, with potholes or mud / gravel. The course is rideable on 23mm tyres in good conditions but in poor weather or frost damage, 25s or 28s would be more comfortable. There may be a short section of rideable earth path (though entrants can bypass this if they wish). The route features less climbing and lower elevations than last years Midleton 200 but entrants should be aware that the undulating nature of the coastal section, combined with the high chance of headwinds, means that this is not an easy day in the saddle.
Route navigation can best be described as “busy” in sections. Entrants will be emailed GPS files and route sheets in the run-up to the event.

Given the time of year, lights will be mandatory.

Cycling Ireland Licence required, 1-day Licence available on the day.

This event will also be available as a Permanent from March  2019.
Please note that a Cycling Ireland annual licence will be required to take part in a Permanent. Day licences will not be available for Permanents. Payment for Permanent as per the event details above.

See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland