Sectors

2021 brings back some favorites from the two previous editions whilst also introducing some brand new sectors to the Grass Routes Gran Fondo. Over the course of 165 Kilometres you will start to countdown 19 unique sectors as you transverse the Glen of Aherlow and East Limerick.

Grass Routes 2021 Sector Menu

Starters

Sector 1: Dillions Joinery

Difficulty Rating: *

Terrain: Boreen

3.5km sector starting at the foot of Slievnamuck, heading up to the glen you swing a right follwing a grass route down to Mountbruis. Don’t be fooled by the 1 star rating

Sector 2: Old Road Kilross

Difficulty Rating: ***

Terrain: Boreen

3km sector beginning at the Old School House heading to Galbally. A narrow boreen sure to introduce riders to the famous “Grass Routes Tattoo” 

Sector 3: Twincam Lane

Difficulty Rating: **

Terrain: Boreen

3km sector heading from Galbally to Ballylanders , area is specifically called Balynatona, but Daytona might be more appropriate, Corolla fans keep your eyes peeled!

Main Course

Sector 4: Concrete Road

Difficulty Rating: ***

Terrain: Concrete/Boreen/Paved

2.2km of boreen and concrete with Concrete KOM on route, this is where the hurt starts.

Sector 5: Ballyfroota

Difficulty Rating: *

Terrain: Boreen/Paved

3.3km of rolling rural roads through Glenbrohane. 

Sector 6: Lime Stone Road

Difficulty Rating: *****

Terrain: Gravel/Limestone/Boreen

1km in length but packs an epic punch, roadies will have gritted teeth as they try navigate the cut limestone on the Old Famine Road

Sector 7: Roubaix

Difficulty Rating: *****

Terrain: Boreen/Dirt

2km in length and brand new to GRGF, This is a Grass Routes Access Only road and its hard! Taking the cycle through Mooresfort estate towards the Lattin Road

Sector 8: Strade Bianche

Difficulty Rating: ****

Terrain: Dirt/Gravel

2.6km continuing our Grass Routes Only roads we head down compacted dirt farm path before being introduced back onto the Lattin road

Sector 9: Glenbane Boreen

Difficulty Rating: **

Terrain: Boreen

2km in length band a welcome break to what you’ve just witnessed! Don’t worry food stop is nearly there.

Sector 10: Shronell Beag

Difficulty Rating: *

Terrain: Boreen

2km of fast rural road/boreen. Take a breath dinner is over.

Sector 11: Galbally Farmer

Difficulty Rating: ***

Terrain: Boreen

3.5km in length with pristine grass routes used to heavy machinery and a climb so good it could be a KOM, actually we’re making it a KOM, so now you’ve an extra KOM! Enjoy

Sector 12: Spittle

Difficulty Rating: ***

Terrain: Boreen

Head up passed the honesty box, €2 for 6 eggs, delicious!… hope you like scrambled though because not a chance their coming home in tact!

Dessert

Sector 13: Piggery

Difficulty Rating: **

Terrain: Boreen

1.2km of Grass routes bliss, this sector just really flows and you start the beginning of the end.

Sector 14: The Drop (Reverse)

Difficulty Rating: ***

Terrain: Boreen

2.7km heading back towards the mountains. A sharp descent is followed by an absolute kicker KOM. Just let the break go and stop in Angleborough for a coffee, you deserve it!

Sector 15: Old Lisvernane Road

Difficulty Rating: ****

Terrain: Gravel/Boreen

2km of boreen and woodland land gravel. This is a nice little mixed sector and if you’ve made the break of the day, this is where you lay down the marker.

Sector 16: Stone Park

Difficulty Rating: *

Terrain: Boreen

1.3km fast and flowing with a nice view of the Galtees, a nice little treat prior to the last test. If only they were all this nice.

Sector 17: Rossadrehid

Difficulty Rating: ****

Terrain: Boreen/Gravel

3.4km, that break might not last as this sector has it all, KOM, Boreen, Dirt /Gravel and a sketchy descent.

Sector 18: Train Tracks Ballyvirane

Difficulty Rating: *

Terrain: Boreen

2.2km in length passing close to the Bourke Dynasty, an easy roller and should help get the legs back moving again.

Aperitif

Sector 19: Kilshane

Difficulty Rating: **

Terrain: Boreen

2.4km in length, its grassy, its scenic, but you couldn’t give a…. care less! Welcome back 🙂