Just keep the bike moving forward.
This is a non-stop 200-mile (320 KMs) World Ultra-Cycling Association accredited endurance cycling race. Each rider will carry a GPS tracker at all times.
This route is designed for the true all-rounder, which means you’ll be climbing, time-trialing, and general road racing in relatively equal proportions. For the endurance beginner it means minimal equipment and crew.
Riders must race with a support vehicle and 1 or 2 crewmembers.
The race is run on unmarked public roads with normal traffic flow and regulations.
Basic navigation skills are required.
If you are racing supported your support vehicle must pass pre-race scrutiny on Friday April 26th. All solo riders and at least one
member of a 2-person team must attend sign-on and race briefing Friday April 26th.
The initial 70 miles will offer some opportunity to settle into the race. You’ll cross quickly into Donegal where you’ll find yourself on more unfamiliar roads.
At Barnesmore Gap you’ll make your way towards the first real challenges and climbs in the unforgettable Sperrin Mountains of Co.Tyrone.
You’ll pass by the tallest manmade structure in Ireland, a 305m TV mast overlooking the township of Strabane. You’ll negotiate numerous valleys and climb the infamous and lonely Barnes Gap and Sawel mountain.
Before exiting the Sperrins you'll have a lengthy but worthwhile drag up and over the Legavallon Pot, a glacial melt water feature from the last ice age.
From here, you’ll wind you way towards the entrance of the North Antrim Coast at Coleraine before turning left towards the finish, a section where you'll use your time trialing skills. You can enjoy the panoramic seas views along the way.