Q How do I enter?
A Entry for Wicklow 200 2023 will open later in the autumn, and we will let you know when by email communications and on our social media channels. In the meantime, you can register your interest for the 2023 event here.
Q I want to enter more than one rider. Do I have to fill in separate entry forms for each one?
A Yes. You must fill in separate entry forms for each rider. You can copy or print as many copies of the form as you need.
Q Can I pay the entry fee in cash?
A No, we only accept online pay via the registration link.
Q How much does it cost to enter?
Q Where and when will registration/pack pick-up be?
A Before you start Wicklow 200, you will need to pick up your pack at registration. You do not need to ‘sign-in’ on the day of the event.
Registration 2023 times and locations will be available in due course.
Q Can I collect a race-pack on behalf of someone else?
A Yes you can.
Q What do I need to bring with me to registration?
A Your race number, or the email you received confirming your entry. This also applies for anyone else’s pack you are collecting.
Q What am I collecting?
A You will be collecting your race pack which contains: Wicklow 200 envelope, bike plate, bike sticker, wristband, event information document, and a goodie bag!
Q Where is the start of the Wicklow 200?
A The start and finish of both the Wicklow 200 and the Wicklow 100 Challenge will be at the Bray Emmets GAA Club in Bray – TBC for 2023. Detailed directions to the start can be found in the Rider Information page on the website and will be sent to you in the weeks before the event.
Q What time does the Wicklow 200 start?
Q What are the cut-off times?
A Cut off number 1:
Laragh village at 10am
If you don’t reach Laragh village by 10am, you must proceed to the Wicklow 100 route
Cut off number 2:
Bottom of Shay Elliot in Clara at 3.30pm
If you arrive to the bottom of Shay Elliot in Clara you are not allowed to continue to Rathdrum, you must go left back into Laragh and back to Bray via Enniskerry.
Q Is there all-day parking at the start?
A Yes, there will be all-day parking available. The organisers of the Wicklow 200 will not accept responsibility for the safety of your car or its contents. Please ensure that you do not leave items of value in your car while it is parked there.
Q What facilities are available at the start/finish?
Q Are there lockers available at the start/finish?
A No, there are no lockers or secure storage facilities available at the start/finish. If you want to leave items at the start/finish you must make your own arrangements (please don’t leave valuables in a parked car all day).
Q What is the route for the Wicklow 200 and the Wicklow 100 Challenge?
A Details of the route for the Wicklow 200 and the Wicklow 100 Challenge are available HERE.
Q Should I do the Wicklow 200 or the Wicklow 100 Challenge?
A The Wicklow 200 is a very challenging event. You should only attempt the full 200km route if you have been training for it for a number of months, and are confident that you know what you are taking on.
Q How will I stay on the correct route?
A The route of the Wicklow 200 and the Wicklow 100 Challenge is marked on the road at every junction where there is a change of direction along the way. Just follow the road marks and you won’t get lost. Even better, tag along with any gang of riders who seem to know where they’re going!
Q What road maps cover the route of the Wicklow 200?
A The excellent sheet 56 and sheet 62 maps from the Ordnance Survey of Ireland provide full coverage of the Wicklow 200 route. Sheet 56 covers most of the route. Sheet 62 is needed for the most southerly part, including Rathdrum, Glenmalure, Slieve Maan, and Glen of Imaal. They can be bought online from the Ordnance Survey or from any decent bookshop or service station in Ireland. There are many other good maps that cover the same area.
Q What food and drink will be available along the route?
A At each checkpoint each riders will get, tea, coffee and sandwiches. Water will also be available. There will also be water point the top of Slieve Maan. Light refreshments will be provided at the finish. Note: This may not be enough food by itself to complete the Wicklow 200! See below for further advice.
Q What food and drink should I bring with me?
A The food provided at the checkpoints may not by itself be sufficient to complete the event. You must make your own arrangements to have enough food for the day’s riding. You should bring plenty of water, and food such as energy bars, sandwiches, fruit cake or other suitable snacks. You should drink plenty of water (particularly if it’s a warm day) so two large bidons, refilled at each checkpoint and water stop, are best. Avoid fizzy drinks. Bring whatever snacks you are used to. The Wicklow 200 is not the best place to experiment with new food items. There are shops along the route at Roundwood, Laragh, Donard, and Rathdrum, but remember that they may not open until later in the day.
Q What do I do if I have a mechanical or medical emergency along the route?
A There will be a Wicklow 200 emergency phone number printed on your control card. Ring that number if you need help. If we can we will try to get someone to assist you. However, you are expected to be able to deal with routine problems, such as punctures, yourself. Please remember that the Wicklow 200 is spread over a very large area so it may be some time before help can arrive, particularly if our teams are helping someone else when you call.
Q We’re entering a tandem. Do we have to pay two entry fees?
A Yes. Each rider must complete an entry form and pay the entry fee.
Q Is a mountain bike suitable for the Wicklow 200?
A While most riders use drop-handlebar road bikes, some ride mountain bikes. The principal drawback of a mountain bike on the Wicklow 200 is the extra road friction due to fat ‘chunky’ tyres.
Q Can I ride a recumbant? A penny-farthing? A unicycle?
A We’ve had them all (except a unicycle), so yes, you can ride what you wish as long as it’s legal on public roads. However, remember that you are responsible for ensuring that your cycle is safe and suitable for the event. The Wicklow 200 is a serious challenge on any cycle, so only attempt it on a cycle that you are confident and safe on.
Q Can you help me find accommodation?
A We don’t provide an accommodation service. Click here for some help on finding accommodation.
Q Are there any prizes?
A There are no prizes except your own sense of achievement. Every rider will receive a medal upon completion of the Wicklow 200 or Wicklow 100 Challenge. Your medal will be handed to you as soon as you check in at the finish.
Q Have you any other tips for riding the Wicklow 200?
A Yes, please ride safely and with care. The Wicklow 200 is not a race. You must obey the rules of the road, and you must show consideration for other cyclists and other road users. Every year there are some accidents, usually caused by careless or thoughtless riding, and frequently on downhill sections of the route. Please take care, and encourage riders around you to do so too.