Registration Times 2024

Before you start Wicklow 200, you will need to pick up your pack at registration. Registration is available at these times and locations:

Cycle Superstore (D24 AW96)

Friday 7th June: 4pm to 7.30pm

Saturday 8th June: 10am to 3pm

Bray Emmets GAA Club (A98 NP03)

Sunday 9th June: 5:30am to 6:30am sharp

You will need to bring the email you received (sent from Eventmaster) confirming your entry and that contains a unique QR code. If you cannot find this email, our friendly volunteer team can help you when you arrive at registration.

Please note, that due to the event start time of 7am, the pack pick-up at Bray Emmets on Sunday (event day morning) will close at 6.30am on the dot!

It is essential that you collect your Wicklow 200 pack from one of the registration locations as it contains some important information for you:

You will need to display the bike plate, sticker and wristband to gain access to the event and the food stations.

Get A Free Pre-Race Bike Assessment For Wicklow 200

Don’t let mechanical issues ruin this year’s Wicklow 200 for you!

Many problems can be avoided with pre-event bicycle maintenance. That’s why our friends at Cycle Superstore are offering 2024 Wicklow 200 participants a free pre-event assessment to ensure your bike is ready for the challenge.

The Cycle Superstore expert team at their Shimano Service Centre will conduct a thorough assessment and give feedback on any additional work your bike may need. If your bike needs extra attention, they will prioritise it so it’s ready for the big day.

To claim your free assessment, simply arrive at the Shimano Service Centre, and show the email confirmation of your entry into this year’s Wicklow 200. 

Summer Cycling: Keeping Your Bike in Shape for Sportives

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for these great tips to keep your bike in shape.

Are you gearing up for a couple of Sportives in the near future? The friendly, albeit slightly grubby, crew from the Cycle Superstore workshop has some top-notch tips to help you keep your bike in tip-top shape this summer. Most of the mechanical mishaps encountered can be easily prevented with some simple bicycle maintenance.

Keep It Clean

Keeping your bike and drive train clean is crucial for successfully completing your event. Dirt and grime buildup can accelerate chain wear and reduce efficiency. Invest in a chain cleaner or a basic cleaning sponge. You can find Cycle Superstore chain cleaners HERE   plus a guide to cleaning your bike HERE

Once your chain is sparkling clean, it’s time to apply chain lube. You have two options: wet or dry lube. Wet lube is ideal for wet conditions, as it repels water effectively. However, its sticky nature means it attracts dust in drier conditions. Dry lube, on the other hand, is less sticky and attracts less dirt. However, it can be easily washed off in wet conditions. For more information on different lubes, click HERE

Fresh Tyres

Your tyres are your lifeline during any event. They’re your point of contact with the ground, so it’s crucial to ensure they’re in top condition. Poor tyre pressure or tread can lead to punctures or even blowouts.

Start by checking the recommended tyre pressure, usually indicated on the tyre sidewall. This will specify the maximum and minimum pressure. Pump your tyres the night before to rule out any slow leaks. Additionally, make it a habit to check and adjust your tyre pressure at least once a month using a pressure gauge. Always carry a handheld pump on your bike (never in your back pocket). You can check out Cycle Superstore’s range of track pumps HERE and their selection of mini pumps HERE

But how do you know when it’s time to replace your tyre? Some manufacturers include tread indicators on their tyres. For example, Continental Road tyres feature two “tread holes” in the centre. Once these disappear, it’s time for a new tyre. For mountain bike or off-road tyres, if the tyre blocks are no longer sharp and have become rounded off, it’s time for a change.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Bike Clean and Fast

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for these top tips for keeping your bike clean and fast

The simple act of keeping your bike clean can significantly enhance your riding experience.

You’ve probably heard the saying: “A clean bike is a fast bike.” It holds true. To truly maximize the performance of any bike, cleanliness is key. Keeping dirt and grime at bay not only enhances efficiency but also contributes to a smoother, faster ride. Surprisingly, even something as seemingly insignificant as a dirty chain can sap your speed by 1-2 kph when cycling at speed.

Bike cleaning routines can range from quick wipe-downs to deep cleans. However, to ensure the best results, focus on cleaning the drivetrain and spinning components, as these play a crucial role in the bike’s performance.

Here are some practical tips for washing your bike:

  1. Gather your supplies: Collect all the necessary tools and cleaning products, including brushes, sponges, a chain scrubber, and cleaning solutions. Consider setting up in an area where you can easily access your bike from all angles. If you have a bike stand, even better—it’ll make the cleaning process much more manageable.
  2. Start with a rinse: Use a hose or bucket and sponge to loosen any accumulated dirt from the bike. Apply your chosen cleaning product and let it sit for a few minutes to work its magic. Then, using a sponge or brush, scrub away any stubborn grime, starting from the top and working your way down the frame.
  3. Focus on the drivetrain: The chain is a critical component that requires special attention. Invest in a chain scrubber—a handy tool that effectively cleans the chain by housing it in a reservoir filled with degreaser. This ensures thorough cleaning without making a mess.
  4. Clean the wheels and tyres: Be mindful to avoid getting any lubricants or cleaners on the brake pads, discs, or braking surfaces. If your bike has suspension components, clean them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Finish by wiping down suspension components with a damp cloth and using suspension spray to reduce stiction on sliders.
  5. Dry your bike thoroughly: After cleaning, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down your bike, paying special attention to metal components to prevent rust. Apply a detailing product like ‘Muc-Off Protector‘ for added protection against dirt and grime buildup.
  6. Lubricate moving parts: Once your bike is dry, lubricate the chain and other moving parts with a bike-specific lubricant. Wipe off any excess to prevent attracting more dirt.

By following these steps regularly, you can keep your bike clean, well-maintained, and performing at its best. Remember to schedule regular washes, especially after riding in muddy or dusty conditions.

Cycle Superstore’s range of bike cleaning products and lubricants, can be found HERE

Essential Gear for Your Cycling Saddle Bag: What to Pack for a Smooth Ride

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for these saddle bag essentials.

Before you embark on your biking adventure, let’s make sure you’ve got your saddle bag packed with all the essentials. Check out Cycle SuperStore’s range of saddle bags HERE. If you are heading off road – mountain bikers can use Enduro hip/waist bags or gripper backs which can be strapped to any part of your frame instead of a saddle bag and can be found HERE

Two Tubes

Always inspect your spare tubes before hitting the road. There’s nothing more frustrating than a flat tyre followed by a faulty spare. Rubber degrades over time, so ensure your spare tubes are in good condition. Don’t forget your tyre levers and a mini pump. In recent years, CO2 mini pumps have gained popularity, especially in competitive events. They inflate tyres much quicker than traditional pumps, getting you back on track faster. Just make sure you know how to use CO2 canisters before you’re stranded with a puncture!

Co2 Canister

If you’re using tubeless tires, a CO2 canister is a must-have. It’s essential for seating the tire bead and quickly filling it, a task traditional pumps can’t accomplish. However, be cautious; if luck isn’t on your side and you encounter multiple punctures, you might run out of canisters

If your event is off road bring along a Plug Kit. A plug kit is invaluable for quickly and easily repairing a flat tyre. While sealant can handle small holes most of the time, a plug kit comes in handy for larger punctures that sealant can’t fix.

Multitool

An essential item for any saddle bag is a Multi-Tool , preferably one with a chain breaker. Coupled with a chain connector or Powerlink, this ensures you can keep going even if you snap your chain. When purchasing a chain connector, ensure it’s compatible with your group-set speed.

A Rear Derailleur Hanger

This vital component, often overlooked, can make or break your event. Positioned at your rear mech, the hanger is designed to sacrifice itself to protect the bike frame or other components in case of a mishap. As each bike model has its own unique hanger, it’s unlikely that the event support vehicle will have a spare, so it’s crucial to carry your own.

Top Tips

  • Always pack enough food and water for the event, along with a small first aid kit. In some off-road events, you’ll need to be self-sufficient as outside assistance isn’t allowed.
  • Avoid trying anything new on the day of the event, whether it’s a new energy gel or a new pair of cycling shorts. Stick to what you know works.
  • Don’t forget to apply plenty of chamois cream for added comfort during your ride. Check out Cycle SuperStore’s range HERE.

Essential Tips for a Successful Sportive Experience

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for these top tips on preparing and participating in a sportive.

Train Consistently

Having a solid training plan leading up to the event is crucial. Gradually increase your mileage and incorporate different terrains to prepare for varied conditions. Check out Cycle Superstore’s Wicklow 200 talk for training plan tips. Click HERE to view the talk.

Nutrition and Hydration

Proper nutrition and hydration are key for endurance events. Practice your nutrition strategy during training rides to find what works best for you. Avoid trying anything new on event day. Check out CSS nutrition and hydration talk for more guidance. Click HERE to view the talk

Bike Check

Ensure your bike is in good condition before the event. Check tires, brakes, gears, and other components. Consider getting your bike serviced beforehand to prevent mechanical issues. Pump up your tires the night before to catch any slow punctures.

Know the Route & Pace Yourself

Familiarize yourself with the route and elevation profile. Knowing what to expect mentally prepares you and helps you strategize. Pace yourself wisely, especially at the start, to avoid burning out.

Pack Properly

Pack essential items in your saddlebag, including spare tubes, tire levers, multitool, and snacks. Check out CSS comprehensive list HERE for more details. Consider bringing a rear derailleur hanger, as event support might not have your bike’s specific model.

Dress Appropriately

Dress according to the weather, wearing layers if temperatures might fluctuate. Leg and arm warmers are versatile for adjusting to temperature changes. Bring a packable rain jacket if rain is forecasted. Check out CSS guide to rain jackets for more info. Click HERE to view the guide.

Stay Safe

Remember, these events often take place on public roads. Obey traffic laws, follow marshal instructions, and ride predictably. Use hand signals and alert others to hazards.

Have Fun

Cycling should be enjoyable! Take in the scenery, chat with fellow riders, and celebrate your accomplishments. Don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go as planned; there’s always next year.

Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Cycling Clothing

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for this advice on how to look after your delicate cycling clothing.

Cycling clothing is every cyclist’s best friend, offering warmth during chilly winter rides and keeping you cool in the summer heat. Crafted from high-performance fabrics, it’s designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Taking good care of your cycling kit ensures its longevity.

Read The Label

Cycling gear is both pricey and delicate, so handle it with care and adhere to the manufacturer’s washing instructions. For machine-washable items, opt for a delicate setting and use a non-bio detergent. Avoid softeners, especially for rain jackets, as they may clog the fabric. Since you’ll be washing at low temperatures, choose a detergent suitable for this purpose. Some manufacturers even offer their own specialized detergents tailored for technical athletic wear, like Assos Active wear cleaner – see Cycle SuperStore HERE

Zip It & Bag It

Wash your cycling clothes separately from regular laundry to prevent damage. Items like jeans or anything with Velcro can harm delicate fabrics. Before tossing them in the washing machine, zip everything up, turn them inside out, and place them in a mesh bag or pillowcase. This step safeguards jersey prints and prevents loose zippers from damaging other pieces. Cycle SuperStore’s range of mesh bags can be found HERE

Drying Out

Opt for air-drying over a tumble dryer. The heat from dryers can harm high-performance fabrics. For hand-washed gear, lay the damp kit flat on a large towel, then fold the edges over to cover the garments. Ring the towel out just as you would if it were full of water.

Waterproof Clothing Care

Wash rain jackets only when necessary, as excessive washing reduces their performance. Consider restoring waterproofness with a Durable Water Proofing (DWR) coating available in the market. Some products clean and re-proof your clothing simultaneously, requiring heat activation. Always follow the application instructions, ensuring the garment is clean and dry beforehand. Avoid treating non-fabric areas like buttons and zippers, and take precautions against inhaling chemicals as some products are flammable.

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