Pink Elephant 200

Gougane Barra

Event date: 12th October 2024

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

Entry Closing date: MONDAY 7th October 2024

Organiser: John Cartner


Entry Fee €5 on Eventmaster, plus fees
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medal €7

Cycling Ireland Licence is required.  A 1-day Licence is available for €20, this will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not have a current Annual Cycling Ireland Licence.

Entry on Eventmaster only: 

Start Point: West End, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Start Time: 8am

Facilities: Parking and supermarket at the start.

Entry Limit: 30 riders


The Pink Elephant 200 route will take in some of the more remote sections of West Cork but retains the coastal run from Clonakilty up past the eponymous “Pink Elephant” Restaurant, before turning North and heading for home.

The route is slightly over the 200km mark and has over 2200m of climbing. This event is difficult and riders should be prepared accordingly.

Road surfaces are generally good, though there are some poorer sections – particularly between the 50 and 77km mark. The roads in this section are also quite narrow.

There are very few options for food or water between Ballyvourney (45km) and Kealkill (90km) so riders should take advantage of the control stop in Ballyvourney to top-up.

Given the time of year, and  the fact that there are a number of long climbs, lights will be mandatory.

This event is also available as a Permanent.
Please note that a Cycling Ireland / IVCA annual licence will be required to take part in a Permanent. Day licences will not be available. Entry Fee for a Permanent is €5 which should be sent by PayPal to

See also

Long-distance cycling in Ireland