EVENT FAQs

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1. Where are the locations for registration, start line and finish line for Gaelforce West?

Registration takes place at 2 locations:

  • Killary Adventure Centre from 10am - 12pm Friday 23rd June 2017
  • Westport Leisure Park from 3pm - 10pm Friday Friday 23rd June 2017

The start line is at Glassilaun beach in Connemara but the buses to the start line leave from Mill St in Westport town.

The finish line is at the Westport Leisure Park in Westport town centre.

 

2. How do I get my bike to the bike transition at Delphi?

You have the following options to choose from:

a. Drop your bike to Delphi yourself after having registered at Westport Leisure Park or Killary Adventure Centre.

b. BIKE TRANSFER SERVICE: We will transfer your bike to Delphi for you from either registration at Westport or Killary for the extra charge of €15 per bike. You can book this online when registering for the race or if you change your mind later and wish to add it on just give us a call and if we still have availability we will add it on for you.

c. For those of you coming via Galway who would like to register in Westport but would like to drop your bike off before you register, you can go straight to Delphi and we will provide you with a bike sticker so long as you know your bike number. You can then continue on to Westport to register afterwards.

PLEASE NOTE: The bike transition does not open until 10:30am. No bikes can be dropped before this time.

3. Which wave should I enter and is this the bus time or race start time?

You will be asked when entering which wave you would like to be in. 

5.30AM 6.00AM 6.30AM 7.00AM

 

You are free to choose any wave but if you want to compete for an overall winner or a category prize you must enter the 5.30am wave - the first wave.
The times shown above and on the registration form are the times the buses will be leaving Westport, your wave will leave the beach/start the race, 1.5hrs after this time. For example if you are in the 6am wave you will be starting the race at 7.30am.


4. What type of bike should I use for Gaelforce West?

The main type of terrain you will be cycling on for Gaelforce West is mainly sealed tarmac roads. There is an unsealed bog road before Croagh Patrick (approx 2.5km) and also a short section of off-road (approx 2.5 km) after climbing Croagh Patrick.
 
Which bike to use is a personal choice. But here is some advice: a cyclocross bike is best with fast rolling semi-slick cyclocross tires.

If you cannot get a cyclocross bike it depends upon how fast and how much risk you are prepared to take.
•    Speedy risky - Road bike (racer) with high volume tires
•    Less risk and less speed - Mountain bike with semi-slick tires.
•    Least of all - cheap mountain bike with knobbly tires.
 
Please note: you can only use one bike for the cycle. If you are found to change bike during the event you will be disqualified.
 
Tyre choice:
The best type of tires are Continental Gater Skins, with the second choice being Specialized Armadillos. A cheaper option is Rubines.
The key thing for most participants on road bikes (racers) is tire pressure, it needs to be between 110-120psi, if they you are not sure whether your tires will take this pressure check the side wall of the tires. Competitors with Hybrids will get by without tire change but again tire pressure is very important. It needs to be around 70psi or more. Nearly all novices make the mistake of not pumping their tires hard enough.
Make sure that you know how to change a tire and have a bike repair kit and spare tubes with you.

 

5. Where can I hire a bike for Gaelforce West?

Killary Gaelforce do not hire bikes for Gaelforce West but we have organised a special rate with Westport-based bike hire company Clew Bay Bike Hire for Gaelforce West competitors. They have standard hybrid bikes which you can hire from Friday evening until the race finishes for €30 each or if you are hoping to compete, they have a higher grade hybrid for €80 per bike for the same length of time. Contact them on 098 24818 or email info@clewbaybikehire.ie.


6. Do I need to be able to navigate?

While navigation skills are not a requirement, do not travel faster than your route knowledge. Check the course map online before the race. The route will be described and marked with signs/arrows, but no fixed marshalls. This is an unsupported adventure challenge, not a triathlon.
Your progress through the course (and results) is measured with the use of SPORTIdent electronic timing equipment, part of which requires the wearing of a small device on your wrist or around your neck – the “dibber”. See www.sportident.co.uk for full info on this system. Lost dibbers must be paid for and will set you back around €30 – they are not cheap! Look after them.


7. Can I enter into Gaelforce West if I am under 18?

Due to insurance reasons we cannot accept anyone under the age of 18 into any of our events. All participants must be 18 years old on the date of the event.


8. Can I enter a team into Gaelforce West?

No. Gaelforce West is an event for individuals only. Each competitor must complete the whole course and there is no relay option.
If you are a group of friends who wish to race together you can do this by ensuring you all enter the same wave.


9. Do I need a partner for the kayak section?

No, you do not need to organize a partner before the event for the kayak section. Your kayaking partner will be the next person at the shore waiting for a kayak also.
If you arrive with a friend to the kayak transition it is no problem to take a kayak together.

 

10. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

 

1. What are the bus & start times

The wave/bus times for the full and sprint races are at 7am and 7.30am - you will get to select a time when you register online.

However, please note that you will start the race 1.5hrs after the bus leaves Bunbeg. Therefore if you choose the 7am wave your bus departs at 7am from Bunbeg and your race starts at 8.30am. If you are making your own way to the start line you must be at the start line at least a half an hour before your start time.

 

2. What are the locations of registration, the start line and the finish line for Gaelforce North?

Registration takes place at Glenswilly GAA club just outside Letterkenny and then the bike drops are located at Glebe Gallery/Gartan Lake (full race) and at Glenveagh National Park (sprint race).

Have a look at the course map for the start line location. We do advise anyone getting dropped to the start line that it is an extremely narrow road for accessing and that whoever is dropping you there must continue on. There is no parking at the start line and we would ask drivers not to turn back the way they came. If you have chosen the bus option on entering you will be brought to the start line from Bunbeg by bus.

The finish line for both races is at the beach in Bunbeg.

 

3. What type of bike should I use for GFN?

We know bike choice can be hard, especially with on and off-road sections. It is up to you to choose but we sent one of our team out on the route and here is their advice:

There are 3 options:

1. Mountain bike

 Pros:  Better handling on rough ground and off-road

            Much less chance of a puncture

 

Cons:   Slower on the road and quite heavy to cycle up hills.

 

2. Road bike   

 Pros:    Fast on the road sections.

              Lighter so therefore easier to cycle up a hill

 Cons:   Not designed to go off road so will probably have to carry at certain stages.

              Because they are designed for off-road use there is a higher chance of damage, puncture, breakage of bike.

 

3. Cyclo-cross bike

Pros:    Good mid-level bike, not as fast as road bike but a lot faster than mountain bike.

              Sturdier than road bike and less likely to puncture

 

Cons:    Expensive bikes to buy and more a jack of all trades.

 

In conclusion:  I did the course recently and it is possible to do it on a road bike but you will have to carry it at certain stages and cycle over rough/gravelly road.  Like most of our events there is quite a long section on road mixed in with smaller sections of off-road.   I did it on a cross country bike with Specialized Armadillos and the grip wasn't the best on the off-road parts but it is a lot faster on the road parts.  In the end it is going to come down to which bike you have in the garage and then what your budget is in terms of buying either a new bike or upgrading an exisiting one.  

Make sure that you know how to change a tire and have a bike repair kit and spare tubes with you.

Please Note: You can only use one bike for the cycle. If you are found to change bike during the event you will be disqualified.

 

4. Do I need a team mate for the kayak section?

No, you do not need to organise a partner before the event for the kayak section.

This is a race for individuals. When you arrive into the kayak transition area you will take a bouyancy aid and a paddle. Then you will go to the shore to get a kayak, your kayaking partner will be the next person waiting for a kayak also.

If you arrive with a friend to the kayak transition it is no problem to take a kayak together.

 

5. Can I enter a team into GFN?

No. Gaelforce North is an event for individuals only. It is not possible to enter a team.

Each competitor must complete the whole course and there is no relay option.

If you are a group of friends who wish to race together you can do this by ensuring you all enter the same category/wave.

 

6. What electronic timing devices are being used?

Your progress through the course (and results) is measured with the use of electronic timing equipment, part of which requires the wearing of a small device on your wrist.  Lost dibbers must be paid for and will set you back around €30 – they aren’t cheap! Look after them.

 

7. Do I need to be able to navigate for GFN?

While navigation skills are not a requirement, do not travel faster than your route knowledge. You will be issued with an OSI overview map, read it carefully. The route will be described and marked with signs/arrows, but no fixed marshalls. This is an unsupported adventure challenge, not a triathlo

 

8. Do Gaelforce North hire bikes?

We do not hire bikes for this race.

 

9. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

 

1. What are the start times for the Bray 10km Cliff Run?

Wave 1 - 16:40

Wave 2 - 16:50

Wave 3 - 17:10

Wave 4 - 17:20

Wave 5 - 17:50

Wave 6 - 18:00

2. Where are the locations for registration, start line and finish line for the Bray 10km Cliff Run?

Registration takes place in the Martello Hotel on Bray promenade.

The start line is at the south end of Greystones beach.

The finish line is on Bray promenade near the bandstand.

3. Can I enter if I am under 18 years?

For this event we have a Juniors' section which is for under 18s but over 16s.

4. What kind of terrain will I be running on?

As it is a trail run, you will be covering a number of different terrains. You will be starting off on a beach, finishing on a beach, and in between covering rough trail and foot paths.

5. Are there shower and changing facilities?

There are no showers available for this event. We will have a room that you can leave a change of clothes in at registration.

6. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

1. What are the waves and the start times?

Start time for 2016 TBC..

 

2. What are the locations for registration, start line and finish line?

The location for all 3 is at Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co Galway.

 

3. What type of bike should I use for CAC?

The cycling section of the Connemara Adventure Challenge covers two types of terrain: the first are forestry roads, these are rough wide tracks through the forest, the second section of the route covers sealed main roads.

Which type of bike you choose to use is a personal choice. But here is some advice.

  • Hybrid -  Suitable
  • Mountain bike - You can put slick tires on to increase speed on road
  • Cycle cross - Good for both terrains
  • A racer/road bike can be used but you do have a higher risk of puncture - better to use gatorskin tyres.

 

4. What electronic timing devices are being used?

Your progress through the course and results are measured with the use of electronic timing equipment, part of which requires the wearing of a small device on your wrist – the “dibber”.  Lost dibbers must be paid for and will set you back around €30 – they aren’t cheap! Look after them.

 

5. Do I need to be able to navigate for CAC?

While navigation skills are not a requirement, do not travel faster than your route knowledge. The route will be described and marked with signs/arrows, but no fixed marshalls. This is an unsupported adventure challenge, not a triathlon

 

6. Are bikes available to hire at Connemara Adventure Challenge?

They were but unfortunately all of our bikes are now hired. Clew Bay Bike Hire in Westport can be contacted on 098 24818 for those of you still looking for bikes.

 

7. Are there any timeouts along the course?

The only timeout is just as you reach the kayak section as there may be a short wait time for kayaks.

 

8. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

 

1. What are the start times for the Women's Adventure Races?

The Galway event starts at 1pm.

The Wicklow event starts at 11am.

 

2. Where are the loactions for registration, start line and finish line for the Women's Adventure Races?

Galway race:

All 3 are located at Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co Galway.

Wicklow race:

Registration and the finish line are located at Roundwood AFC.

The start line is located near the Upper Vartry Reservoir.

 

3. What type of bike should I use for the Women’s Adventure Race?

The cycling section of the Galway Event covers two types of terrain: the first are forestry roads, these are rough wide tracks through the forest, the second section of the route covers sealed main roads.

Which type of bike you choose to use is a personal choice but here is some advice.

  • Hybrid - Suitable
  • Mountain bike - You can put slick tires on to increase speed on road
  • Cycle cross - Good for both terrains
  • A racer/road bike is suitable for the forestry track - however remember this is a working forest so surfaces can be rough and care needs to be taken.

The cycling section of the Wicklow Women's Adventure Race is all on road. Again the type of bike you use is a personal choice but here is some advice:

  • Hybrid -  Suitable
  • Mountain bike - You can put slick tires on to increase speed on road
  • Racer - Suitable

 

4. What electronic timing devices are being used?

Your progress through the course and results are measured with the use electronic timing equipment, part of which requires the wearing of a small device on your wrist – the “dibber”. Lost dibbers must be paid for and will set you back around €30 – they aren’t cheap! Look after them.

 

5. Do I need to be able to navigate for the Women's Adventure Race?

While navigation skills are not a requirement, do not travel faster than your route knowledge. The route will be described and marked with signs/arrows, but no fixed marshalls. This is an unsupported adventure challenge, not a triathlon

 

6. Are there any timeouts along the course?

The only timeout is just as you reach the kayak section as there may be a short wait time for kayaks.

 

7. Is there an event after-party?

No there is no event after-party at these events but why not organise a group of friends, family or work colleagues (and you can even bring the men to support you) and stay the night or even the weekend. These are both magnificent areas to visit and explore and there is always great craic in Leenane village and in Roundwood village on a summer's evening!

 

8. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

1. What are the start times for the Gaelforce Mountain Run?

The start time for the 22km race is 9am and for the 12km race it is 9.30am.

 

2. What are the locations of registration, start line and finish line?

All 3 are located at Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co Galway.

 

3. Am I suitable to enter the Gaelforce Sky Run 22km event?

If you have to ask this question the answer is unfortunately no. Read our Entry Requirements for more information.

 

4. Do I need to be able to navigate or is navigation a part of the Gaelforce Sky Run ?

No there is no need to navigate on the course for either the 22km or 12km event. There will be markings to follow, however for the 22km event you do need to have experience of running on mountains.

 

5. Are there many facilities for food and accommodation available in the area?

As it is still quite early in the tourist season you will not have any trouble with traffic on the road but this also means that many restaurants and accommodation facilities will not yet be open. Killary Adventure Centre is offering weekend and one night packages for competitors and is the location of the start and finish lines. If you are travelling a distance or arriving late please be aware that you are coming to a remote area and that you may need to eat along the way.

 

6. Will there be shower and changing facilities available at Killary Adventure Centre for after the race?

Showers will be limited but changing rooms will be available at the centre.

 

7. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

1. What are the wave times for the 2km event and what do they mean?

The wave times for the 2km swim are as follows:

Wave 1: 11.40

Wave 2: 12.50

These are the times that the last bus leaves Killary Adventure Centre to bring competitors to the boat for the start line.

 

2. What are the locations of registration, start line and finish line for the Great Fjord Swim?

Registration takes place at Killary Adventure Centre.

The start line for the 2km and 750m races is from the water in Killary Fjord where competitors are dropped to by boat.

The finish line for both races is on the beach near the Killary Adventure Centre activity site.

The start and finish lines for the 3.9km race is on the beach near the Killary Adventure Centre activity site.

 

3. What type of wetsuit should I wear?

You should use a well-fitting specific wetsuit, such as those designed for triathlons.These are usually made from a flexible neoprene that allows you to swim normally whilst helping to insulate the body against the cold water.

The most important thing is that whatever wetsuit you decide to wear – surfing, shortie, specific swimming wetsuit – that it fits well.
It should be snug when you put it on, so the water is trapped next to your body to warm you up. It should not be loose fitting, so the water flows through it, as this will not warm you up and could restrict your swimming.

We recommend that you try the wetsuit out before event day, even if this is in the swimming pool.

 

4. Why do I need a tow-float and how can I get one?

Tow-floats have been introduced as mandatory since the 2015 event for safety reasons. ALL competitors in ALL distances of The Great Fjord Swim must wear a tow-float. We have a number of easy options available to you for getting a tow-float if you do not have your own on our Information pdf here.

 

5. What happens if I cannot swim 2km or 3.9km?

The Great Fjord Swim’s aim is to motivate people of all swimming abilities to get active and enjoy the experience of open-water swimming in a safe environment.
You should take time to train and prepare properly for the event. To help you do this, we have put together training plans.

You MUST be able to complete 2km confidently before taking part in the 2km event and 3.9km confidently before taking part in the 3.9km event. If you cannot do this then the 750m event is more suited for you this time and you can come back next year after further training and work your way up to the longer events!

However, if you get into difficulty during your swim, help will be at hand (full instructions of what to do will be given at the pre-event briefing).

 

6. What is the average water temperature in October?

The average temperature is 12 degrees Celsius.

 

7. What happens if the race is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances?

Due to the nature of outdoor swimming, the Great Fjord Swim may be cancelled/postponed prior to or on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather.
If the event is postponed then your full entry fee will be refunded on request – this does not include travel or accommodation costs incurred.

Announcements of any cancellation/postponement in advance will be via email you have provided on the registration form, notice will also be posted on the Great Fjord Swim website and social media pages. Please ensure that there is a correct email address on your registration form.

 

8. Am I allowed to wear fins, booties, neoprene socks and gloves?

We do not allow fins but booties, neoprene socks and gloves can be worn.

 

9. Are there cut-off times?

The cut-off time for the 750m swim will be approximately 45 minutes and the 2km swim approximately 80 minutes. For the 3.9km swim competitors must be able to reach halfway point (1950M) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours. The decision will be made at the discretion of the safety crew and will depend on whether or not the swimmer is still progressing.

The Race Director’s decision is final.

 

10. Does Killary Gaelforce have an environmental policy?

Killary Gaelforce aim to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy at each of our events. Read more about it.

 

1. What Bike should I use?

Like all our Adventure races Gaelforce Dublin combines a selection of tarmac and gravel roads.  If you look at the following photos then they will give you a good idea of the varying types of terrain that you will encounter on the race.  For reference I cycled the route on my cyclocross bike with slick continental gator skin tyres and managed to cycle the entire route without much difficulty.  The danger with this approach is that you are more likely to get a puncture so you will need to know how to change it.  However the payoff is that you are a lot faster on tarmac sections due to less rolling resistance.  The second option is to go with a mountain bike and sacrifice speed on tarmac for stability on off road tracks.  The race route is roughly 75% on tarmac, 20% on forest road and 5% grass/ dirt track.

 

2. What type of shoes should I wear?

In terms of what footwear to use remember that this race is taking place in February so you will get wet runners and socks.  The initial 2k of the run is on gravel road and tarmac before you hit Kippure mountain.  The trail going up the mountain is very uneven and slippy in the wet and the last kilometer is on open mountain.  With this in mind I would recommend that you use a trail running shoe with a bit of grip in it as opposed to a normal road running trainer.   Something that grips well on mud and offers you some support around your ankle.  There are a number of different brands out there, the ones that I use personally are www.icebug.com , www.inov-8.co.uk ,or www.salamon.com

 

3. Water - do I need to carry it with me?

However a lot of it comes down to how you train and how your body reacts to this.   If you are used to training without taking on board a lot of water then keep going with this however if you  normally train with water then take it with you. There will be water stations at the transitions throughout the race however you do need to bring your own water vessel with you (bottle, platypus etc). Make sure that you leave full water bottles with your bike at the start of the race.

4. Weather - make sure you dress appropriately!

One of the unique challenges of this race is that it will take part in February in Ireland.  This is traditionally a time of the year when you are happily wrapped up in your couch watching the weather rather than being out in it.  February in Dublin is one of the colder months of the year and it will probably be wet.  Make sure you wear adequate clothing to keep you warm and dry during the race and have a change of clothes available for after the race. 

 

If there is any other questions you would like answered please email us on info@gaelforceevents.com

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