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Faq

8 February 2019

What does my entry fee include?

  • Bus transfer from Westport to start line.
  • Race clothing (previous years has been a fleece or Core Stretch jumper)
  • Race medal upon completion
  • Use of kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Use of electronic timing devices
  • Post-event food from John West!
8 February 2019

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

Registration takes place at Westport Leisure Park only. The start line is at Glassilaun beach in Connemara. Buses to the start line leave from Mill St. in Westport town centre. The finish line is at the Westport Leisure Park in Westport town centre.

8 February 2019

What is the mandatory kit for Gaelforce West?

As it is an adventure race there are parts of the course that are off road so it may take a while for medical aid to reach you. The following is the mandatory kit required:

  • Survival blanket and whistle
  • Windproof/waterproof top
  • Cycle helmet (can be left with your bike at transition area)
  • Basic bike repair kit

PLEASE NOTE THAT CARRYING THIS MANDATORY KIT FROM THE START IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.

Although the following is not mandatory kit, it is recommended:

  • Suitable cycling shoes and gloves
  • Sturdy walking/running shoes
  • Waterproof leggings
  • Course map 
  • Energy food and drink.  Water is provided for refilling vessels at transition points. We do not give out water bottles along the route.
17 April 2019

What facilities are at the finish line?

 We will be providing the following at the finish line: homemade soup, water, fruit, tea & coffee.John West will be giving out complementary Natural Protein products to refuel after the race. Alongside this they will be offering competitor rub downs/massages to freshen up those legs!

Showers will be available at the Westport Leisure park for 5 Euro.

8 February 2019

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

  • Drop it there yourself after registering in Westport Leisure Park
  • Choose to avail of our bike transfer service from Westport Leisure Park to Delphi. Book online when registering.
  • If you are coming from Galway or it suits you better, you can drop your bike at Delphi before you register. We will provide you with a bike sticker you will need know your race number. 
8 February 2019

Which wave should I enter?

You are free to choose any wave but if you want to compete for an overall winner or category prize then you must enter Wave 1 at 6:00am.

8 February 2019

Is the time given for each wave the bus time or the start time?

The time given is the time the buses will leave Westport for that wave. Your wave will then start from the beach 1.5hrs after this time. For example if you choose the 6:00am wave you will be starting the race at 7:30am.

8 February 2019

What type of bike should I use?

The terrain which you will be cycling on is almost all sealed roads apart from approximately 2.5km of unsealed bog road as you climb to Croagh Patrick. We would recommend a cyclocross bike with fast rolling semi-slick cyclocross tyres. After that it does depend on how fast you want to go and how much risk of a puncture you are willing to take as follows: 

  • For high speed/high risk choose a road bike with high volume tyres
  • For less risk and less speed choose a mountain bike with semi-slick tyres
  • For low risk but least speed choose a mountain bike with knobbly tyres. 

Please note that only one bike can be used by each competitor. Changing bikes during the course is not allowed. 

8 February 2019

What type of bike tyres should I use?

We would recommend Continental Gator Skins followed by Specialised Armadillos. A cheaper option is Rubines. The key element for most participants using road bikes (racers) is tyre pressure. It needs to be between 110-120psi. Check the side wall of the btyre to make sure it can take that much pressure. For those using Hybrids it needs to be approximately 70psi or more. Not pumping tyres hard enough is a common mistake. Make sure you also know how to change a tyre and have a bike repair kit and spare tubes with you. 

Please note that only one bike can be used by each competitor. Changing bikes during the course is not allowed.

27 February 2019

Where are the best spectator points for GAELFORCE WEST?

COME & BE INSPIRED!

The best places from which to watch the action are:

  • Killary Adventure Centre – park here and walk down to the water site where the kayaking is taking place
  • Delphi Valley bike transition area
  • Westport Quay bike transition area
  • Finish line at Westport Leisure Park

See course maps for details

You could also climb Croagh Patrick from the Murrisk side (main tourist path). Access to the event side of the mountain is strictly prohibited for spectators.  

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