team event

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the densest,
most twisted
road network in Europe.

A team event

No frills Unsupported

Riding as a team of 2–4 you’ll aim to cover a twisting, technical course in a given time. Teams navigate using only GPS files and a Garmin. You must pass through manned & unmanned control points en route to ensure you stay on course. You are in charge of your own navigation, mechanicals and safety. Delegate duties in advance - planning and organisaion are essential - Murphy's Law applies


Gravel - Ulster Style

Belgians have their cobbles, Italians have their strade bianche, USA have their gravel. We have Boreens - rough, narrow roads used by livestock & machinery. Surface dressed, potholed with a grass strip up the middle, they ride like compacted gravel but can get way rougher. The event is for Cyclocross, Gravel or MTBs.


Highway code | GPS

Road safety

  • The event use open, public roads – the Highway Code applies at all times.
  • Boreens are narrow, twisted roads, classified as C Roads –– ride single file and to the left.


  • Road directions are not marked/sprayed.
  • All navigation is via 2 GPS files, downloaded prior to the event..
  • Upload and check GPS files BEFORE travelling to the event

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Boreen ’21


Sunday, 26th September 2021

HQ for the event is Basil Shiels' Pub along the river Callan river. The 78km route is divided into 2 loops. Each loop starts and finishes in the car park. Each loop has one manned control point, where the teams must pass through together and collect tokens and bring both to the finish.

ride details
Teams 2–4 members per team
Experience For experienced off road/cyclocross/gravel cyclists only.
Tyres For grip, comfort & puncture protection, a 30mm+ gravel tyre
Course Download GPS files for 2 loops – upload to Garmin etc before the event.
Distance Eastern loop (36.6km/22ml) + Southern loop (41km/25ml) = 78km/47ml
Time limit Aim to finish in 4.5 hrs (11mph/17.5kph)
Climbing ~1000 metres | 3300 feet
Surface C roads (Boreen) 90% | B roads (transition) 10% | off-road 0%
Team essentials:
Eye protection • Suitable clothing for conditions and terrain • Spare inner tube, tyre levers, air, tools, sealant, bacon strips • Rear light - flashing • Mobile phone - charged •Battery pack (1 per team) • GPS device (Garmin or equivalent) - routes uploaded and fully charged • Food & water for the duration of the event
Parking Basil Shiels' car park - aim to arrive between 7.30–8.00am
Sign on No sign-on due to C19. Event numbers, event wristband distributed on morning.
Start Teams set off at 8.30am - 1 minute apart (alphabetical order)
Control Points Eastern Loop Manned: 19km/12ml Unmanned: 35km/22ml
Southern Loop Manned: 18km/11ml Unmanned: 39km/24ml
Rubbish Take it all home and recycle
Cost £25* with Cycling Ireland license – per person.
£35* without Cycling Ireland license – per person
*+ 6% Eventmaster processing fee.