Around Carlow and Laois
Organiser: Seamus O’Leary
Event Date: 7th May 2022
Entry will be on Eventmaster only. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT “TICKET” FOR YOUR RIDE, 300KM OR 400KM ! https://eventmaster.ie/event/1ExQfwDHeM
Entry Fee: €5
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each
Closing date for entries: 3rd May 2022
Start time 6:00 am. 5:30 am for Registration.
RWGPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34396306
Start Location: Killeshin Community Centre (just outside Carlow town).
Facilities/Parking: Parking available at and/or nearby community centre.
Helmets and Cycling Ireland Licence are mandatory. One-day Licence is available if required, cost €10, and will be charged on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number.
Controls as follows: Killeshin; Templeudigan (68km); Rathvilly (136km); Clonaslee (210km); and Borris-in-Ossory (253km).
The first half of this route follows the Carlow county boundary, taking in surrounding counties and some of Carlow’s best scenery. Starting in Killeshin village with an immediate steep climb to the top of Rossmore Hill for good views across Carlow, the route then descends quickly to cross the River Barrow. The second climb of the route comes before Graignamanagh, Co Kilkenny leading to great views of the entire Blackstairs Mountain range. Rolling hills along the Carlow boundaries with Wexford and Wicklow are broken up with views of Mount Leinster, the Slaney River and Lugnaquilla.
With nearly 1,800m climbed after 150km, the second half of this route cuts across Kildare into Laois. The route flattens out for 60km in Kildare and Laois, before taking a steady climb up to The Cut. The route then descends from the Slieve Bloom Mountains into Borris-in-Ossory, before turning east over some rolling terrain across the south of County Laois, back to Killeshin.
Numerous re-fuelling opportunities at shops along the route, particularly in Graiguenamanagh (53km), Bunclody (97km), Rathvilly (136km), Athy (163km), Mountmellick (197km), Clonaslee (210km), Borris-in-Ossory (253km) and Abbeyleix (275km).
- Antrim 300
- Banner 5-County 300
- Carlingford 300
- Innisfree 300
- Iron Mountains 300
- Killeshin 300
- Magilligan 300
- Midlands 300
- Monaghan Presbytery 300
- Night of the Swan 300
- Nutcracker 300
- Pale Rider 300
- Priests Leap & Devils Elbow 300
- Six Megaliths 300
- The Quiet Man 300
- Three Provinces 300
- Three Rivers 300
- Western MTB 312