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05-12-2018, 09:51   #46
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Roughly between 2km and 24km here:

https://www.strava.com/routes/14112402

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05-12-2018, 13:18   #47
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I wonder is anyone up for informal bunch rides on the gravel? Not as extreme as the Weevil though!
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I wonder is anyone up for informal bunch rides on the gravel? Not as extreme as the Weevil though!
I am! Whats the route and when?
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I am! Whats the route and when?

No plan yet! But if people are up for it, how about Saturday or Sunday?


I have a route planned here for West Wicklow area?



https://www.strava.com/routes/16251354
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Looks class, im in if we can start very early, ill talk to the better half and get back to you.
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Anyone else interested? Hypothetically even?
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I got a potential pass for half day, but for me it would be more like 80+km... can we meet past the Ballinascorney climb perhaps, as early as possible for you?

(lets decide tomorrow / Friday whats the best day forecast-wise)
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I got a potential pass for half day, but for me it would be more like 80+km... can we meet past the Ballinascorney climb perhaps, as early as possible for you?

(lets decide tomorrow / Friday whats the best day forecast-wise)

Ok, we could probably cut out the Saggart loop to make it a bit shorter.
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Anyone else interested? Hypothetically even?
I would be, but quite hypothetically - I generally go at last minute when I get free in work, weekends focussed on kids

Plus meeting random internet types on lonely forest roads probably inadvisable; )

But please post any routes you do and I will do likewise

Ps the book above in the thread is excellent, and not just for gravel
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It turns out I can't do this weekend after all actually, sorry about that Alek. But will definitely come back on this.
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No problem, it turns out my kiddos got ill and I'd better stay with them over the weekend... stay tuned though
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Great thread, thanks to everybody who has shared their suggestions of places to ride.

I’ve just moved back home after living in England where I was spoilt by having a huge network of lovely bridleways to ride on, so it’s really useful to have these ideas of places to ride here, will be checking them out.

I can’t contribute any suggestions here yet as I haven’t found much around Carlow yet (other than Coillte forest roads), but in case any of you are interested there are some great off-road sportive/races/events in the UK which are worth a look - last year I was at True Grit in North Yorkshire and it looked amazing (I only rode a short section as I had the baby in the trailer, but my other half did it and loved it) and I’ve just entered Dirty Reiver for next year, I’ve ridden on some of those forest roads in Northumberland and it is absolutely beautiful there.

Anyway, thanks again to all the people who have put such useful info up here!
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This offroad event in the UK looks like mighty fun:

http://www.bikepacking.com/event/sur...vel-dash-2018/
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I can’t contribute any suggestions here yet as I haven’t found much around Carlow yet (other than Coillte forest roads), !
Check out barrow tow path - think it goes past or certainly near carlow? All the way off road from thomas town to dublin. Probably very linear but I've heard its beautiful and hope to knock it off in due course.
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Check out barrow tow path - think it goes past or certainly near carlow? All the way off road from thomas town to dublin. Probably very linear but I've heard its beautiful and hope to knock it off in due course.
yep The Barrow way goes through Carlow. The Barrow doesn't go through Thomastown though. The track starts in Saint Mullin's, Carlow and from there you could cycle the whole way to Dublin.

I did Graiguenmanagh to Athy during the summer and loved it, so relaxing to be away from traffic and on the bike for for 4 or 5 hours.
From recollection there were no gates to lift the bike over and getting through Carlow was a bit haphazard as there were no signs telling you which side of the river to follow but other than that a great day.






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