GAELFORCE NORTH – 64KM

THE BREAKDOWN OF DISCIPLINE DISTANCES WITHIN THE 64KM COURSE:

1. Running/walking: 19.5km approx

2. Cycling: 45.5km approx

3. Kayaking: 2km max

 

THE DETAILED BREAKDOWN:


STAGE 1 TRAIL AND ROAD RUN (15.5KM)

Starting at the southwest end of Glenveagh Valley running along a narrow path through the Bridle Pass, into the grounds of Glenveagh Castle and up and over Gartan Mountain (200m height) to Gartan Lake. This is a remarkable run through the valley and past Lough Veagh. Watch out for the Golden Eagles!

STAGE 2 KAYAKING ON GARTAN LAKE (2KM)

You will paddle a looped course on the lake. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks.

STAGE 3 CYCLING (24KM)

Cycling on sealed tarmac roads through Glenveagh National Park and alongside the Derryveagh Mountains, to Errigal Mountain

STAGE 4 ERRIGAL MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK (4KM)

A marked route is followed up and down Mount Errigal.

Competitors must reach the base of Errigal by 1.30pm otherwise they will not be allowed to climb.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND FINAL RUN (18.5KM)

Cycle to Inishcoole Beach at Bunbeg. This is a mix of on and off road cycling - approximately 6km off road along rough Coillte forest tracks. The race ends with a short run along the dunes to the finish line.

 

ADVENTURE DUATHLON - 62KM:


The course is the same as that above, but without STAGE 2. 

GAELFORCE NORTH SPRINT – 45KM

THE BREAKDOWN OF DISCIPLINE DISTANCES WITHIN THE SPRINT COURSE:

1. Running/walking: 12km approx

2. Cycling: 32km approx

3. Kayaking: 1km max

 

THE DETAILED BREAKDOWN:


STAGE 1 TRAIL AND ROAD RUN (10KM)

Starting at the southwest end of Glenveagh Valley running along a narrow path through the Bridle Pass, passing through the grounds of Glenveagh Castle and to the bike transition in the car park.

STAGE 2 CYCLING (14km)

Cycling on sealed tarmac roads through Glenveagh National Park, alongside the Derryveagh Mountains, to Errigal Mountain.

STAGE 4 ERRIGAL MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK (2KM)

Up to the shoulder (approximately half way up) of Mount Errigal and back down. Terrain is varied, including bog nearer the base and scree further up.

Competitors must reach the base of Errigal by 1.30pm otherwise they will not be allowed to climb.

STAGE 4 CYCLE AND KAYAK (1KM)

From the bottom of Errigal it is a short cycle to Dunlewy Lake. There is a time out at the kayak transition except for those in the elite category. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks. You will paddle a looped course on the lake.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND FINAL RUN (18KM)

Cycle to Inishcoole Beach at Bunbeg. This is a mix of on and off road cycling - approximately 6km off road along rough Coillte forest tracks. The race ends with a short run along the dunes to the finish line at the beach.

 

SPRINT ADVENTURE DUATHLON - 44KM:


The course is the same for the Sprint Course above, without STAGE 4.