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Grass Routes Gran Fondo

September 18 2022
Tipperary Town
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Distances: 90 miles
Difficulty: Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Limited to: 300 Participants

Grass Routes Gran Fondo returns for the 2021 edition on the 19th September 2021.

Best described as “self supported with benefits”, this is a cycle challenge ran by three cycling enthusiasts from The Bike Place Tipperary who have a passion for rural roads, grass roads and no roads at all.

Influenced primarily by the DIY gravel movement in America but more in common with the European classics, the Grass Routes Gran Fondo offers a unique experience for riders looking to explore beyond the norm. Taking in boreen, gravel, limestone, and dirt sectors, you weave a path through the best of what the Glen of Aherlow and East Limerick has to offer. Rich in history and tradition, these are the roads less travelled by.

The cycle itself is a self-guided adventure following the GRGF demarcation arrows and signage, .TCX and .GPX files are also available. At the halfway point there is a fuel stop where you can re-fill bottles and indulge in our famous chocolate brownies.

The 2021 edition will remain no entry fee required. All details will be posted on website and social media over the coming months.

*Boreen or bohereen (Irish: bóithrín, meaning "a little road", pronounced [b??r'hi?n, b??h'ri:n, b??'ri:n]) is a country lane, or narrow, frequently unpaved, rural road in Ireland

Grass Routes Gran Fondo


Start Located At: Tipperary Town E34 HY24
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Cycle starts at 08:00 with groups of 30 riders let off in 10min intervals. This is due to the nature of the narrow boreen/country roads.

Registration Fees

There is no entry fee for the Grass routes Gran Fondo. All we ask is for your attendance if you take a ticket. 

T-shirts are available for a charge of €10 if you wish to purchase.


-Organised Start/finish

-Mid way water refill and food stop (no charge)

-support vechicles and ambulance

Adequate Car Parking
Changing Rooms
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Roving Mechanical Support
Downloadable GPS files
Post Ride Shower
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry