Surf & Turf 300

Date: Saturday 17th June 2023

Start time: 06:00 (Sign-on from 05:30am)

Closing Date for entries: 13th June 2023

Organising Club: Audax Ireland

Organiser: Aidan Brosnan

E-Mail: aidanbrosnan@protonmail.com

Mobile: 086 2520548

Entry Fee: €5.

Facilities: None.  This is a self-supported event

Route Description

Difficulty: *** and a half!

Myself and my wife Mieke devised this route in 2008 after our PBP adventure to help introduce some new routes to the Irish Audax calendar. It was mostly devised by joining up various cycles we liked to do together.  Its goal was keeping off main roads and introducing lesser known roads to the entrants. After many years off it has been altered slightly now to include the Dungarvan Greenway and to remove some short sections of main road.

Starting in Clonmel this route begins by crossing the foothills of the Galtee mountains with the small village of Anglesborough as the first control. From here the route climbs a bit more before descending to Kilbehany on the old N8 Cork Road.  From here the route climbs gently and then steadily to Arglin and then drops to Lismore. From here the route follows the river Blackwater to Youghal bridge and then on to the seaside village of Ardmore for the next control.

A steady climb out of Ardmore brings a nice fast descent to Dungarvan.  Here you are recommended to join the Greenway and you will cycle the most scenic section of the Greenway with stunning views of the coast before plunging into semi-darkness of the Ballyvoyle tunnel. You will leave the Greenway now and follow some minor roads to Stradbally and then on to the next control at the seaside in Bunmahon.

With the turf well out of the way you will now do the surf part as you hug the Copper Coast and pass the old mine workings along the route.  In Annestown you will turn sharply inland and make your way to Waterford City.  The route will bring you right through the city and then onto minor roads to Carrick-on-Suir for the penultimate control.

After Carrick-on-Suir the route visits the old slate quarries for some unusual landscapes and then we make our way to the pretty village of Fethard before returning to Clonmel.

A preliminary route is linked below.  This might change a small bit.  The rote sheet is in preparation and will be made available later in the year.

If you wish to pick up some of the locations on the Brevet Hiberniae the following are available with minor diversion off route:

  • Gortavoher Bullaun Stone: 4km there and back
  • The Glen of Aherlow: 8km there and back but depends what you count as having seen the Glen!
  • Sean Kelly Square, Carrick-on-Suir: 1km

Draft Route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41709862


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