Pink Elephant 200

Next up on the Audax calendar, the Pink Elephant 200 starting from Midleton, Co. Cork on March 26th  The opening stretch takes you along the coast road through Kinsale to Clonakilty – all easy rolling with plenty to look at between the sea views, the abundant wildlife and several old buildings.  From Clonakilty the route becomes hillier, almost reaching Macroom before turning back east towards Cork.  Full details here – Kevin would like to have entries by the 16th so get cracking.

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.

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