Killeshin 300 (Around Carlow & Laois)
Organiser: Seamus O’Leary
Event Date: 4th September 2021
Entry will be on Eventmaster only:
Entry Fee: €5
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each
Closing date for entries: 28th August 2021
Start time 6.00am. 5.30am 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 €5, and will be charged on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number.
Controls (and stops for re-fuelling) as follows: Killeshin; Graignamanagh (54km); Rathvilly (136km); Clonaslee (210km); and Borris-in-Ossory (255km).
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.