Munster 400

Organiser: Mike Law

Event Date: 13th May 2023

Closing date for entries: Tuesday 9th May 2023

Field Limit: 20 riders

E-Mail: corkaudax@gmail.com

Mobile: 087 8228870

All entries must be made on Eventmaster only.  Cycling Ireland Licence is mandatory.  One-day Licence is available for €20 if required, this will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number.

Entry fee: €5

Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each

Entry on Eventmaster only: https://eventmaster.ie/event/j3RWIE0TBz

Start time 6.00am.  5.30am for Registration.

RidewithGPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29664853

May 2023 – There are moving closures on the Limerick greenway due to improvement work. This route avoids the closure point present from mid April to late May 2023. Riders should be prepared to detour as necessary as the closure point moves.

Start Location: Midleton, Co. Cork

Facilities/Parking: Car parking available at the start

Helmets and Cycling Ireland Licence (Annual or One-day) mandatory.

Route Description:

Route Description: (Details subject to confirmation)
The event will take riders through every county in Munster. Starting in Midleton, the route heads North East through Mallow, Kanturk and on to Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick (with a slight detour to pick up the Kerry border). From Abbeyfeale, riders will follow the “Great Southern Trail” Greenway East to Rathkeale. The Greenway follows the route of the former Limerick – Tralee railway and avoids the main roads for ~35km.
The greenway surface is well maintained asphalt.

http://www.southerntrail.net/

After Rathkeale and returning to the roads, the route skirts the Southern edge of Limerick city, before crossing over the Shannon via the grounds of UL into County Clare. After a short run through Clare, the Shannon is crossed again – this time at a pedestrian bridge in Castleconnell. The bridge itself has width constrictors which will require bikes to be wheeled through upright on the back wheel. Panniers may need to be removed. Trikes or recumbents would have to be lifted over the barrier. The bridge deck is timber and can be very slippery, so riders should walk their bikes over the bridge.

Riders then head South for several hours through Limerick and Tipperary before picking up the final county – Waterford. In Dungarvan, riders will then head West, over the last climb of the day before passing through Youghal on the run back to the start.


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