Ardattin 200

For those who fancy a gentler start to their season the Ardattin 200 (Sunday, March 13th) is an ideal choice, with no substantial climbs and plenty of support including an optional sit-down lunch at the Ardattin Inn.  The toughest part of the day is usually getting back on the bike after lunch when a post-lunch pint seems more attractive. Parking, changing rooms and showers are available at the Bray Wheelers clubhouse at the start and finish.

Slieve Maan 200

The first calendar event of 2011 is the Slieve Maan 200, to be held on Saturday, February 26th. With over 2,500m of climbing, the Slieve Maan is not for the faint-hearted, taking in the best-known climbs in the Wicklow mountains – if you can tackle this one in February, you are indeed well prepared for the rest of the season. Entries to Paul O’Donoghue by Thursday, February 24th – full details here.

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