MTB Audax event for around the Lakes

Western Lakes CC have stepped into the world of Audax events where athletes test themselves over a route by completing it inside a time limit.

The Mayo Western Lakes Audax MTB, has 2 event distances 100k and super tough 200k held on the Saturday 2nd of the June  Bank Holiday.

Both routes are steeped in history and geography, starting in the old garrison town of Ballinrobe, following the Monk’s trail to Moorehall woods along the banks of Lough Carra and onto Ballintubber Abbey. Chance to refuel at Corleys bar, a trek through the boglands of Killawalla to the hidden and deserted villages of Srah, the watering hole at O Toole’s bar (Foodstop), Tourmakeady waterfall and the old escape routes through to the Black valley of Glensaul. High up in the Partry mountains over looking Lough Mask, drinking water out of Glacier lakes and hidden waterfalls. To the Murderous Maam Trasna pass, the Irish quarter of Finney to the end off the leg of the Mask, over the hill of the CO-OP  and descend out onto Lough Corrib via the longest land peninsula of Europe. Climb Heart attack hill and the old Sean Bothar from Cornamona, travel back in time in the Joyce country Geo park and through the majestic woodlands of Cong and Ashford castle, through lane ways and Turloughs over the hill of Cairn and along Ballinrobe Inishmaine Trail: Takes in a variety of archaeological and historical points of Interest including a Souterrain, Caves, a Ringfort, a Cornmill, an Abbey, a Sweathouse and a Hillfort, the final few kms are along the river Robe on the Bowers riverside walk.

Entry and payment can be got at http://www.audaxireland.org/ send entry forms  to padraigmarrey@gmail.com closing date May 28th

Entry fee €5 for the 100k and €10 for the 200k

MTB, Gravel or cyclo cross bikes suitable (Make sure to bring plenty of spares if using a Gravel or cyclo cross bikes)

Sign on from 6.30am. at the cycling centre Ballinrobe
Kick off at 8am for 200k DOWN LOAD LINK https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26003223
Completion time inside 13.5hrs
4 Route controls at either of the following @25.4k @76.8k @90k @98.7k @133.4k @188.6k 

Potential food stops 

In the 200k you are  never too far away from a shop/ pub, the first is after 33k in Caracon village its a Shop, again Ballintubber abbey there is a Pub at 47.9k (tea and sandwich), Killavalley at 57.8k Pub and 74.6k pub and shop Tourmakeady (Could get /Tea or coffee and sandwich here) Finney 110.3k, Cornamona 139.6k shop, Clonbur village 148.4k (Shop, pub and hotel), Cong Village 161.2k (Will have to go off the course for about 200m) Last possible re fueling spot is Cross village 170k

None of the above have a deli (Coffee machine and sandwich counter ) all the pubs do teas and sandwiches.

Kick off at 8.30am for the 100k. DOWNLOAD LINK https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26469760
Completion time inside 7hrs
There will be 2 route controls at either of the 100k @ 25.4k @76.8k @90.2k
The first is after 33k in Caracon village its a Shop, again Ballintubber abbey there is a Pub at 47.9k (tea and sandwich), Killavalley at 57.8k Pub and 74.6k pub and shop Tourmakeady (Could get /Tea or coffee and sandwich here) Partry village pub 90.1k last refueling spot.
None of the above have a deli (Coffee machine and sandwich counter ) all the pubs do teas and sandwiches.

For now we want people to  try out the different sections of the route, we have recce more or less it all now, starts off on by roads, with occasional off road section, from Section 2 on alot more fire track and bog sections, end of section 2 gets hilly, section 3 is savage, section 4 and 5 are tough, section 6 is all off road and section 7 is a ramble through the lanes….coming via the Bowers river side walk, the finish line is back at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine road.

Checkout the route in stages..

What to get of the road and onto the beaten track for a few weeks ?
Both routes were designed and recce for the Audax event that the club is organizing on June 2nd 2018

Audax don’t allow short, they don’t encourage racing, the only challenge participants to try and finish a set out route inside a certain time limit.

Each route is broken into sections, a normal club spin could do one or maybe 2 sections at a time, as each section is about 30k return, depending where you start from.
if you want to see the route clearly download the free version of ridewithgps onto your Garmin, phone or Wahoo device.

100k
In the 100k route starting at the Cycling Centre section 1 finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady and Section 4 is back to Ballinrobe but not the usual way…!!

200k
The 200k route starting at the Cycling Centre section one finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady (hilly), Section 4 finishes in Finny (The hardest section) section 5 finishes in Cornamona, and section 6 finishes in Cong and Section 7 takes a looping way home to Ballinrobe taking in the sites.

When out on these routes ideally go with a buddy in case of mishap and bring the usual breakdown stuff and your phone.

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