May Double-Header

Next weekend sees two audax events, neither for the fainthearted. On Saturday, the Beara 400 will start from Midleton, Co. Cork.  Full details of the route have yet to be confirmed but with an estimated 4,500m of climbing including an ascent of Healy Pass, it’s guaranteed to be scenic in both senses on the word. Entries to Kevin O’Sullivan by the 17th.

Sunday sees the fourth running of the infamous Mick Byrne 200.  The Mick Byrne is without doubt the toughest 200 on the Audax Ireland calendar, taking in several lesser known Wicklow climbs before the finishing run over Slieve Maan and Sally Gap. Fortunately it is also the best catered with plenty of food provided at the three intermediate controls and excellent support courtesy of the host club, Sorrento CC.

So far, no-one has taken up the challenge of doing both….

A few updates

A few updates to the website:

the start time of the REK 400 has been moved back to 7pm, Friday May 6th, to provide more night-riding experience for those planning on entering PBP this year.

I have added a new section for miscellaneous articles and ride reports – the Saddlebag. The first article is Paul’s essential words of advice on night-riding. Be sure to cast your eyes over that before the REK.

Stephen Gallagher has provided full details of his Around Down 200 – this will be the first audax in Ulster in many years so don’t miss out on what promises to be a very fine event indeed.

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