Munster Centenary 200

A 200km Centenary event, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Audax Club Parisien, the organising body for all Audax events worldwide.

Organiser: Mike Law

Contact: corkaudax@gmail.com

Mobile: 087 8228870

Entry only on Eventmaster:

https://eventmaster.ie/event/B2OEc23c8j

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Event Date: Saturday 11th September 2021

Entry fee €5

Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each

Closing date for entries: Entries now closed

Start time 8.00 am.  7.30 for Registration.

RidewithGPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37358342

Start Location: West End, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Facilities/Parking: Ample parking available near the start.

Field Limit: 50 Riders

Helmets and Cycling Ireland Annual Licence mandatory. One-day Licence is available if required for €5, and will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number.

Route Description:

The event will start at the West End of Ballincollig (same location as used for the Pink Elephant 200 and Three Rivers 300) and pass through Blarney village before heading North to Mallow, using a series of back roads. Crossing the Blackwater at Mallow, the route then heads North to the village of Doneraile and the late 17th Century Doneraile Court, sitting just behind the main street. (The Tea Rooms at the offer a suitable stopping point for riders, but there are other cafes and shops on the main street).

After Doneraile, participants will head West towards Buttevant, along the general route of the first steeplechase horse race in 1772, before crossing the N20 in Buttevant (co-incidentally, turning at St John’s Church, the starting point for the original race). From Buttevant, riders will head West to Kanturk. (Another town – another historical structure, this time the 17th century Kanturk Castle) and then onto Millstreet.

Beyond Millstreet, riders will start the main climb of the day (approximately 400m). Shortly before you reach the summit, over a gate and a short 80m walk away is the 3,500 year old Knockavilla megalithic complex. Be aware that if the day is wet, the access track can be muddy

Macroom is reached at the 124km point, following a long descent along a series of boreeens. Following Macroom, the route switches to wider R-roads for the run down to Dunmanway, passing the site of the War of Independence ambush at Kilmichael. For the month that’s in it, Dunmanway is the birthplace of Sam Maguire.

Having left Dunmanway, riders briefly head Sout East before swinging North East and the run for home, passing the 16th century Ballinacarriga castle. Enniskeane (at 171km) offers the last possibility of a supermarket / cafe stop (though smaller shops are present in some of the following villages) and the start of the last segment of climbing, up to the village of Newcestown before descending to Cloughduv and the same run back to the finish via Aherla as used in the Pink Elephant 200.


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