Rider Information

Information for Event Entrants

2017 is the 36th consecutive year of Ireland’s toughest cycling challenge, the Wicklow 200.

The event, and the newer Wicklow 100 Challenge taking place on the same day, includes many of the most difficult mountains in Co. Wicklow and some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland.

Before the event please read the information below

PLEASE NOTE: For 2017 there is a new Start/Finish at the Bray Emmets GAA Club. 


START/FINISH LOCATION

Bray Emmets GAA, Old Connaught Ave, Old Connaught, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Directions: http://www.brayemmets.com/brayemmets/about/directions.aspx


EVENT SIGN ON

To register and sign on for the event you must PRINT OUT THE REGISTRATION PAGE WITH THE BARCODE from the email sent to you by Eventmaster when you first registered.

BRING YOUR BARCODE PAGE to sign on where it will be scanned and you will be given your race pack including your official bike number and goodie bag.

THERE ARE THREE SIGN-ON OPTIONS:

1. Saturday 10th June 10am – 1pm

CYCLE SUPERSTORE, FrameWorks Building, 31 Airton Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 AW96

DIRECTIONS

2. Saturday 10th June 1pm – 5pm

BRAY EMMET GAA CLUB, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

DIRECTIONS

3. Sunday 11th June 5.30am – 8am

BRAY EMMET GAA CLUB, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

DIRECTIONS

Once you have registered and your barcode has been scanned, you are ready to ride the event. Just fit the official bike number to your handlebars and go to the start line for the start on Sunday morning.

IF YOU HAVE SIGNED ON THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO SO AGAIN ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT. YOU CAN PROCEED TO THE START LINE WITH YOUR CHOSEN GROUP.


OFFICIAL START TIMES

Wicklow 200 – 7am

Wicklow 100 Challenge – 8am

Note: As always, it is possible to decide out on the course whether you want to do the 200km or 100km route. The routes diverge at Laragh where you must make the big decision!

It’s advisable to have a clear idea before you start.

If you are definitely doing the 200km route or you are not sure which one you will do, please choose to start at 7am. If you are sure you are going to do the 100km event please start at 8am.


WHAT TO BRING ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT

  • Helmet (Compulsory)
  • Mobile Phone
  • Puncture Repair Kit (2 Spare Tubes, Tyre Levers, Pump)
  • Photo ID
  • Food and drink (there are food stations on the route but it is always safer to bring your own. You will need it!)
  • Your email printout (IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY SIGNED ON)

PARKING

Bray Emmets GAA Club in Bray, Co Wicklow which offers ample parking for entrants.


ROUTES

To see the routes and map profiles please click the links below

200km https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20453699

100km https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20453781

PRINTABLE STEM GUIDES OF MAJOR CLIMBS


MEDICAL SUPPORT

First-Aid will be provided on the day by the Red Cross. If you do experience a medical emergency phone the Medical Helpline number which is on your bike number. Give clear and precise information on the nature of the injury and where the casualty is located and give your contact number


MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE

Everybody is expected to bring the basics with them on the day i.e. Puncture repair kit, spare tube, pump and tyre levers.

It is strongly advised that you know how to fix a simple puncture as this could save you a lot of waiting time on the day.

There will be mechanical service vehicles on both routes during the day.

If you encounter a problem that you are unable to sort yourself phone the Mechanical helpline number which will be printed on your bike number.

Please give clear and precise information on the nature of the problem, where you are located and give your contact number.

The coordinator will inform the nearest backup team to assist you but please understand that they may take some considerable time to reach you. It is strongly advised that you have a full service carried out on your bike before the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Following the number collection at Cycle SuperStore on the 10th of June at 1:30pm, experienced bike mechanic Martin Fagan will give a free presentation entitled ‘Wicklow 200 Roadside Maintenance’ to event participants. This presentation will cover mechanical issues you may encounter during the event, and how to overcome them.


FEED STATIONS

There are two feed stations supplying event food:

  • Baltinglass – 74km into Wicklow 200
  • Rathdrum – 140km into Wicklow 200, 41km into Wicklow 100 Challenge

Please Note: Hot food will also be waiting for you at the finish line.


WATER STOPS

As well as water being available at the food stations there are also two water stops on mountain tops:

  • Wicklow Gap – 39km into Wicklow 200
  • Slieve Maan – 119km into Wicklow 200

PLEASE NOTE: The feed station in Baltinglass is open until 1pm and Rathdrum is open until 4.30pm.


SAFETY RULES

  • Rules of the road apply at ALL times.
  • All participants must obey the instructions of Gardai, Red Cross, and marshals
  • Please note marshals do NOT have authority to stop traffic
  • Not every junction may have marshals so you should approach junctions as if they were not there and proceed with caution
  • This event takes place on open roads and cyclists must give way to other road users where applicable
  • There are fast downhill sections and dangerous bends, please pay attention to signs, flags and whistles.
  • Strictly No IPods or Headphones – safety is a huge priority and failing to hear instructions or the sound of oncoming traffic can cause serious accidents to you, fellow participants and to the general public.
  • All bicycles should be well maintained and in a road worthy condition. Participants are advised to carry a pump, spare tubes and tyre levers.

AFTER THE EVENT

After you cross the finish line (and catch your breath!), you can proceed to the clearly marked Medal Collection Area to collect your medal.

There will be a hot meal and entertainment for all participants.


SHOWERS

There are male and female shower facilities available in Bray Emmets.

 

 

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on event day!