The Wicklow 200, Ireland’s longest-running sportive, is a staple of the Irish cycling calendar and attracts thousands of cyclists each year. The Wicklow 200 offers three different routes; 100 km 150 km and 200 km, all of which take in some of the most breathtaking scenery the “Garden of Ireland” has to offer. We headed down to Wicklow to recce the brand new Wicklow 200 route and we were not disappointed! This event is bound to sell out, so get your spots while there are some left!

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Wicklow 200: When and Where

All three routes will start and finish from Emmett’s GAA club in Bray County Wicklow on 11 June 2023. All three routes will start at 7 am.

Wicklow 200: The Routes

All three of the routes will take in an epic loop around Wicklow. Climbing some of the most iconic climbs, passing some epic valleys and lakes in the “Garden County”.

The Wicklow 100km Route:
Total ascent: 1,540m

Starting at Bray Emmets GAA club, the Wicklow 100 takes riders up the Ballyman road to Enniskerry. From there you head through Glencullen, over the Featherbeds to Sally Gap. Turn right and head through the Wicklow Mountains to Laragh passing by the stunning Glenmacnass Waterfall on your way. At the 52 km mark, you will be greeted by a food stop at the GAA club in Laragh. From here you pass through Moneystown, Roundwood, and Enniskerry before descending to the finish line back in Bray.

The Wicklow 150km Route:
Total ascent: 2,235m

The Wicklow 150 follows the exact same route as the 100 up to Sally Gap. From there, both longer routes turn right and descend down to Brittas. With Blessington Lake on your right, you head south through Lackan and Ballyknocken. A few kilometres later you will be greeted with your first pitstop at Valleymount GAA Club. From here you head to Hollywood and turn left onto the Wicklow Gap road for your second major climb of the day. After a long flowing descent down the Wicklow Gap, you will arrive at the second food stop in Laragh Village. From here you join the 100 back to the finish line, no doubt sharing stories of your different routes along the way!


The Wicklow 200 Route
Total ascent: 3,445m

The Wicklow 200 follows the same route as the Wicklow 150 until Hollywood. From here the 200 heads towards Donard, Knockananna, Tinahely and Aughrim. This section offers incredible views of Lugnaquilla, the tallest mountain in the province! After a few easy riverside kilometres out of Aughrim, you will head up Slieve Mann, one of the two final climbs on the route. From here you descend to Glenmalure before heading straight back up over the Shay Elliott climb on the way to your food stop in Laragh. For the rest of the day you can sit in the draft of the 150 and 100 riders back through Moneystown, Roundwood, and Enniskerry.


All distances can avail of a hot meal in Emmett’s GAA club upon their return.

Wicklow 200: How much does it cost?

Cycling the Wicklow 200

All three distances at the Wicklow Sportives cost €85 and can be purchased through the website.

Anyone wishing to undertake the event who is not a member of Cycling Ireland must take out insurance for the event as part of the booking process.


By Matthew McConnell

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