Date: Saturday 9th May 2020
Organiser: Eamon Nealon
Contact Address: Ballinahaglish, Ballina, Co Mayo.
Mobile: 087 2439115, PLEASE leave a text if unanswered
Download Entry Form here: New Entry Form
Entry Fee €5 on Eventmaster
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medal €7
1-day Licence if required €5
Entry on Eventmaster: EVENTMASTER-Jimmys 3 Counties 400
Closing Date for Entries: 2nd May 2020
NO LATE ENTRIES PLEASE !!
Start: The Cathedral, Ballina, Co Mayo (along the river Moy)
Start Time: 6.00am
Parking: FREE Parking in the area at the VEC Youth Reach Centre or in the grounds of Moyne College, 200m from the Start.
Mandatory: Cycling Ireland Licence, Helmet and good lights. One-day Licence available if required, for €5.00
The Jimmys 400km County Challenge (Jimmy Durcan) is a demanding yet rewarding new addition to the Audax Ireland Calendar. DONT BE FOOLED by the flat looking profile ! It may look easy, but looks can be deceptive !
Bangor: Info Control
Westport: Maxol Garage entering the town
Clifden: Guys Bar
Enniscrone: Info Control
Although there aren’t many big mountains on the route, the constant succession of smaller hills will challenge the majority of randonneurs, and in the final 70 kilometres even the minor ascents can be testing for tired legs.
The start time of 6am means that all entrants can expect several hours of cycling in darkness – good lights, warm clothing and reflective gear are essential. However the scenery is more than adequate compensation, taking in the best that Mayo, Galway and Sligo have to offer with fantastic views and quiet roads. Notable areas of scenic views are Killala with its history of the Year of the French, Ballycroy National Park, Connemara Loop, Clifden, Trough, the hills of MAAM, Cong, homeward over the Ox Mountains, passing Lough Easkey, and following the banks of the famous river Moy from Enniscrone.
This is a self-supported event so there probably will not be any manned controls, or support vehicle. However, there are plenty of options for refuelling en-route in the towns you will be passing through on your journey. However please note that riders arriving in Tubbercurry after about 11.30pm may have difficulty finding anywhere to eat, so should be prepared to carry enough food to get them home the last 70km !
Please read this page for more details on what to expect on a self-supported event.
Some more photos to whet your appetite !