Hollywood 300

This Saturday sees the first 300 of the year, the Hollywood 300. The route is broadly a figure eight, starting from Bray and travelling down the coast before cutting inland through Rathdrum and  Carnew to Bunclody, then south to Enniscorthy and Wexford town.  With luck you will have the wind at your back as you come back up to Gorey then inland through Carnew to Tullow, up the N81 to Hollywood and over the Wicklow Gap back to Bray.  With simple navigation mainly along regional and national roads, and the only major climb being the relatively easy western approach to Wicklow Gap, the Hollywood is an ideal 300 for first-timers and a handy qualifier for PBP hopefuls. (Map of last year’s route)

Entries to Paul O’Donoghue, 12 Tinnapark, Kilpedder, Co. Wicklow – €5 in advance, €8 on the day (download the standard entry form here).

The Hollywood is an unsupported, shoestring event and riders should be fully self-sufficient.  Good lights are mandatory.

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.

Long-distance cycling in Ireland