Not everyone can go the distance - can you?
This is a non-stop 500-mile (800KMs) World Ultra-Cycling Association accredited endurance cycling race. Each rider will carry a GPS tracker at all times.
The Joe Barr 500 is a Race Across America qualifier.
Race Across America is the most prestigious endurance cycling race in the world with an unparalleled history of epic performances.
This 500-mile race is also included in the WUCA 500-mile World Championship series.
This category is open to Solo, 2-person and 4-person teams.
A solo or 2–person team must have a minimum of 2 crewmembers. Both must hold valid driving licences and insurance. One vehicle is required.
A 4-Person team must have a minimum of 3 crewmembers. All must hold valid driving licences and insurance. We highly recommend 2 vehicles that fulfil follow and supporting roles, however it is possible to complete the course with one suitable vehicle that can transport all non-riding racers and their bikes. Bear in mind that non-riding racers can fulfil crew duties.
All support vehicles must pass pre-race scrutiny, Friday September 25th, 2020.
After completing the first 170 miles along with the Team Joe Barr 200 competitors the 500-mile course turns right at Coleraine and continues onto the stunning and rugged edge of the North Antrim Coast. You'll pass by Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway before tackling the numerous sharp and steep climbs around Torr Head. You may feel like you're on the very edge of the world and if the weather is clear you may even see the lights of Scotland on the Mull of Kintyre.
You’ll stay on the coast until Cushendun before ascending Glengariff into the picturesque Glens of Antrim.
The next section will challenge navigation. You'll skirt The Mourne Mountains until you meet Carlingford Lough at Rostrevor on the East Coast.
From here, you'll head inland and cross the island coast to coast taking in the orchards of Armagh and the beautiful lakes of Fermanagh. When you reach the West coast at Bundoran you turn right towards the finish.
Bundoran to Lifford will test your time trailing skills. From Lifford you enter The Sperrins once again for a challenging finish. Some short, sharp climbs are waiting that will test each competitor before the welcome sight of the Foyle estuary and the final decent.
What the Riders say...
Definitely recommend this event to anyone wanting to get into endurance racing. The course has everything, all on our doorstep too.