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 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
- 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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2021 dates coming soon
Sunday, 27th September 2020
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 a token and an unmanned control point where teams must collect a specific item and bring both to the finish.
|Teams||2–4 members per team|
|Experience||For experienced cyclists only - off road/cyclocross/gravel an advantage|
|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)|
Southern Loop Manned: 18km/11ml Unmanned: 39km/24ml
|Rubbish||Take it all home and recycle|
£20 with Cycling Ireland license – per person.
£25 without Cycling Ireland license – per person.