Date: Saturday 8th June 2019(TBC)
Time: 7.15 AM (TBC)
Where: Luas Bridge Dundrum
So its that time of year again to start thinking about the hardest sportive in Ireland.
This year i'll put up two routes from the start and again we can conduct a poll to see which one we will do.
As usual, it will start in Dundrum on the same weekend as the Wicklow 200 and go up Sandyford road and then up Slate cabin lane out to the Blue Light. From there we will go towards Cruagh road and do a few of the climbs around Bohernabreena.
This year will have a new climb in that area which is only short at about 500m long but it will be a good test of the legs that early on.
Then its up Ballinascorney and the over the Wicklow gap via the gap road so some extra climbing and it cuts out a part of Lake Drive.
Then its down to Laragh and we do the usual loop of climbs around Shay Elliot but this year, the climb from the church in Avoca is back.
The start is pretty much the same until we get to gap road where we can do a loop of that climb and then come back up the Sally Gap past Kippure house and over Luggala.
This can allows us to do a loop around Devils Glen which is a nice route and it has another nasty climb in it.
Then it will be around Shay Elliot and Avoca as with route 1.
Both routes have different finishes in them with one going from the Sally Gap straight up the Featherbeds and the other needing to go up Liam Horner.
Both routes finish at the Blue Light but this can be changed to the Merry Ploughboy and it also allows you to get over the 5000m mark if you are short.
I know it might be a bit early for this thread but i'm off the bike nearly a month and bored so thought i'd get the ball rolling.
All recommendations and changes welcome.