riding the roads
between the roads

Brexit has unearthed the densest, most twisted road network in Europe.

Rough roads.
Tough roads.
More than enough roads.
Roads as twisted as Brexit itself.


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 the course using GPS files and a Garmin. A series of manned & unmanned control points en route ensure you stay on course. Teams are in charge of their own navigation, mechanicals and safety. Delegate duties in advance.

boreen landscape


Gravel - ulster style

Boreens are rough, narrow roads used by livestock and farm machinery. Surface dressed, potholed with a grass strip up the middle, they ride like compacted gravel but can get very rough. A Cyclocross, Gravel or MTB with a wider gravel type tyre is advised for comfort, grip, speed & puncture protection.


clothing to beat the weather

The roads are only half the battle - you’ll have to conquer the weather as well. December will get cold and possibly wet. That’s where Galibier come in. They’ve got you covered… from head to toe. Premium cycling apparel to make your saddle time warmer, drier & happier.



Highway Code

Follow at all times.

keep left & single file

Roads are extremely narrow and twisted.
You won’t meet many cars but always expect them.

strava safety package

Strava’s safety package helps us pinpoint you in an emergency. 1 member of your team must have Strava’s ‘Beacon’ feature running throughout the ride with CYCUL listed as a contact. Beacon comes bundled with a "Summit" account or costs $3.00 for a month (first 30 days free).

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Boreen ’20


Sunday, 26th January, 2020

HQ for the event is Benburb Castle perched high above the Blackwater river. The 70km route is divided into 2 loops. Each loop starts and finishes in the Castle. Each loop has one manned control point, where the teams must pass through together and an unmanned control point where teams must collect a specific item.

ride details
Teams Consist of between 2 – 4 members
Experience Experienced cyclist - off road/cyclocross/gravel an advantage
Bike Cyclocross/Gravel, MTB or road bike with suitable tyres
Tyres For grip, comfort & puncture protection, a 30mm+ gravel tyre recommended
Course Detailed GPS files (Gramin format) will be available to download 48 hours before the event. Token road signage reinforces GPS.
Distance Southern loop (38km/23ml) + Eastern loop (34km/21ml) = 72km/44ml
Time Aim to finish between 3–4hrs (3hrs = 14.5mph/23.33kph | 4hrs = 11ph/17.5km)
Climbing Approx. 1000 metres | 3300 feet
Surface C roads (Boreen) 90% | B roads (transition) 8% | off-road (Benburb park) 2%
Team essentials:
Strava account + Safety Package (1 team member) - Cycul listed as contact • Waterproof jacket • Eye protection • Suitable clothing for conditions and terrain • Spare inner tube, tyre levers, air, tools • Rear light - flashing • Mobile phone - charged • GPS device (Garmin or equivalent) - charged • Food & water for the duration of the event
Parking Benburb Priory & Benburb main st.
Sign on From 9-9.45am Benburb Priory courtyard. Pack includes event numbers, event wristband, emergency rations
Start Teams set off at 10am, 1 minute apart
Control Points Eastern Loop Manned: 16km/10ml Unmanned: 30km/18ml
Southern Loop Manned: 16km/10ml Unmanned: 33km/20ml
Rubbish Leave No Trace. Bring it all home and recycle appropriately
Cost £18 with Cycling Ireland license.
£23 without Cycling Ireland license.