What categories are included in the Team Joe Barr 200 and The Joe Barr 500?

Team Joe Barr 200 will have the following categories:

  • Male Solo Supported
  • Female Solo Supported
  • 2-person (can be 2 male, 2 female or mixed)

The Joe Barr 500 will have the following categories:

  • Male Solo Supported
  • Female Solo Supported
  • 2-person (can be 2 male, 2 female or mixed)
  • 4-person (can be made up of any variation of gender)

Both solos and teams will carry a GPS tracker to ensure accuracy and fair play.

Start and Finish details

Both races will start and finish at the Best Western WhiteHorse hotel, 68 Clooney Road, Co.Derry/Londonderry, BT47 3PA on the weekend of April 27-28th, 2019.

The Joe Barr 500 will start at 6AM. Solo riders will depart at 3 or 5 min intervals, followed by 2 and 4 person teams.

The Team Joe Barr 200 will start at 7AM. Solo riders will depart at 2 min intervals, followed by 2-person teams.

What are the time allowances for The Team Joe Barr 200 and The Joe Barr 500?

The Team Joe Barr 200 cut off is 18 hours for solo male and 22 hours for solo female.

Cut off time for 2-person team is 20 hours.

The Joe Barr 500 cut off is 45 hours for solo male and 49 hours for solo female.

Cut off time for 2-person team is 45 hours and 4-person team is 40 hours.

How many people do I need for a support crew?

For the Team Joe Barr 200 solo and 2-person categories you will need a minimum of 1 crewmember although we strongly suggest 2.

For The Joe Barr 500 solo riders and 2-person teams you will need a minimum of 2 crewmembers although we would strongly suggest that you have more.

4-person teams in The Joe Barr 500 will need a minimum of 3 crewmembers and 2 vehicles to carry out follow and supporting roles.

Crewmembers generally share the responsibilities of driving, navigation and nutrition.

Bear in mind that if you are participating as a 2 or 4 person team, when a rider has finished their section they may assume crew responsibilities.

What kind of a support vehicle do I need?

Please SEE RULES for all vehicle requirements. Motorhomes or motorcycles cannot be used as a support vehicle.

What are night hours?

Night hours are designated from 7PM to 7AM. During this time the vehicle must follow the rider directly at all times. This is critical for safety purposes. If for some reason the crew need to stop the rider must stop along with the crew. There are no exceptions. Penalties will be instantly applied by course marshals.

Please note all crew members and riders must wear reflective clothing during night hours.

SEE RULES in relation to follow vehicle auxiliary lighting during night hours.

How do I follow the route?

You can download the detailed route book and GPS file from this site. You will also receive a detailed route book as part of your race package on April 26th. 


Many riders and crew will navigate and validate their navigation using both the route book and the GPS file. The route book is always the most important navigation tool. If you experience GPS discrepancies for any reason rely on your route book.

Navigation is often a challenging aspect of endurance racing so please schedule time pre-race to understand the route. Going off-course is a stressful occurrence.

What is data network coverage like on the route?

There are short sections throughout the course that have no data or cell phone coverage. We have endeavored to place timing stations in areas where there is sufficient coverage.

In those sections with poor coverage please expect GPS tracker uploads, and therefore race information, to be temporarily slower.

What is scrutiny and rider-crew sign-on?

Between 10AM and 4PM each solo rider or one rider in a 2-4 person team and one designated crew representative must present themselves at the White Horse Hotel with ALL required paperwork to receive their race package.

Once you have received your race package the rider and/or the crew representative may proceed to bicycle and car scrutiny.

Scrutiny – covers all bicycles including wheels and cars. It is a vital safety check and must be respected. If equipment and the vehicle do not meet requirements the rider/team cannot race. No exceptions. Please see RULES for all information regarding equipment requirements.

All bikes and vehicles must be scrutinized (please see rules) on Friday April 26th. Scrutiny will take place at the Best Western White Horse Hotel, 68 Clooney Road, Co.Derry/Londonderry after sign-on.

Bike and vehicle scrutiny will take place between 10:30AM and 5PM. It will run on a first come first served basis. Generally each scrutiny will take 15-25 minutes. If equipment or vehicle does not pass scrutiny, additional time may be allotted allowing the rider/team to make satisfactory adjustments.

What is the rider and crew briefing?

The briefing will take place at the Best Western White Horse hotel at 6PM sharp, April 26th. It is mandatory for solo riders (or 1 rider from a team) and at least one crewmember to attend. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that information is shared amongst all team members. We will endeavor to make this meeting as efficient as possible so you can plan for an early evening.

It is also a chance to be introduced to your fellow riders and crews during the official sign-on.

Can 3 instead of 4 people ride in The Joe Barr 500 4-Person team category?


What happens if one of our team members drops out of the race?

You will get an official time as long as one member of the team finishes the full distance.

Is there a minimum distance that each team member must ride?

No. Riding strategy is at team discretion.

What are the timing stations?

These are timing checkpoints and will be displayed on the leaderboard as the race unfolds. They will not be peopled. The GPS tracker will record accurate times as each rider/team passes through. There is no need to call in your time to race headquarters.

We have endeavored to ensure that there is adequate GPS (and cell phone) coverage at each timing station for efficient data upload. Please be aware that while each timing station has cell phone coverage it may not extend past that point e.g. TS3, Pinkerton’s Shop.

Will the race be marshaled?

Yes. There will be teams of travelling marshal’s en-route. It is your responsibility to make sure all crew members read the rulebook. Rules will be enforced strictly and time penalties will apply.

There is a strict no drafting policy.