Tara 200

Date: Not currently scheduled

Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****)    ***

Organiser: David Finnigan

Organising Club: Audax Ireland

E-Mail Address: davidfinnigan18@gmail.com

Mobile: 087 7702703

Contact Address: 30 Broadmeadow Green, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

How to Enter – EVENTMASTER !!

Closing Date:
Entry Fee: €5 on Eventmaster, plus 7% fees.
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medals €7 each

Click below to go to the Eventmaster Online Entry website

Eventmaster Tara 200

There are 4 different “Tickets” available:
Standard Entry
Standard Entry plus Medal
Standard Entry plus 1-day Licence (shows as NON Cycling Ireland Member)
Standard Entry plus 1-day Licence plus Medal

Other Details

CI license required. A one-day License is available on Eventmaster, or at start for €5.00 if required

Entry Fee: €5
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medal: €7
1-day Licence, if required: €5

Closing Date for Entries: 1st March 2020

Start Location: Ashbourne Retail Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Start Time: 8.00am

Parking: Plenty of parking spaces available.

The route starts in Ashbourne Retail Park, which is just outside the town on the north side.  We come south through the town and onto back roads, then back up north to Garristown, the Naul and Bellewstown.  There are a few small but sharp climbs up to this point.

From Bellewstown we go to Duleek, and Donore at 51km, the first control. There’s a shop just as you turn left at Donore. And then over to Slane, Drumconrath and the halfway point Kingscourt.

The 2nd Control will be at Bailieborough at 111kms.  From here we head back south through Mullagh, Moynalty, Kells, Athboy and onto the 3rd Control at Trim at 160km.

There’s a big garage with Supermacs and Papa John’s when you turn left onto the R161.

For the last section you turn off for Bective and go through Kilmessan and then onto the Hill of Tara itself. There’s a great little cafe at the top if anybody wants a coffee, which closes at 6pm. It can be very busy there with cars, buses and people, so please be careful. After your coffee break, you continue about 1km to Rathmaeve, where you turn left and go straight across the N3 and over the M3 towards Skryne. You then head towards Kentstown through the back roads, and finally you come through Rathfeigh, Curragha and back onto the N2 to the finish in Ashbourne.

Make sure you get receipts at all the controls, as proof of passage.

The steepest gradient is 10.3%

The Tara 200 can also be ridden as a Permanent route, on a date of your choice.  Details here: Permanents

Places to stay:

Mandatory: Cycling Ireland Licence, Helmet and good lights.

Ride with GPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26428766 (updated 10th January 2018)

Long-distance cycling in Ireland