What does my entry fee include?
- Event technical T-shirt
- Race medal upon completion
- Use of kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
- Use of individual electronic timing chips
- Post-event food
- Event Goodies
- After party
Please note t-shirts are ordered 4 weeks in advance of the race. Entries after this may have to have t-shirt posted out.
What are the locations of registration, the start line and finish line?
All three are located at Tallaght Stadium.
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 Club Vitae at the Maldron Hotel for 5 Euro.
What is the mandatory kit for Gaelforce Dublin?
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:
- Gloves and hat/buff
- Windproof/waterproof top
- Cycle helmet (can be left with your bike at transition area)
- Puncture 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:
- Survival blanket and whistle
- Suitable cycling shoes and gloves
- Sturdy walking/running shoes
- Waterproof leggings
- Extra layers
- 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.
What bicycle should I use?
Gaelforce Dublin combines tarmac (sealed) roads and gravel roads. See below for photos of some of the terrain involved. We have cycled the route on a cyclocross bike with slick continental gator skin tyres and managed to cycle the entire route without much difficulty. There is a risk though that you will get a puncture, so you will need to be prepared for that. However, the payoff is that you are a lot faster on tarmac sections due to less rolling resistance. The other option is to choose a mountain bike which would mean sacrificing speed on tarmac for stability on off-road tracks. The race route is approximately 75% on tarmac, 20% on forest road and 5% grass/dirt tracks.
What shoes should I wear?
Gaelforce Dublin takes place in March which means wet runners and wet socks! The trail bringing you up Kippure mountain is very uneven and slippy and the final km is on open mountain. Therefore we recommend a trail running shoe providing a grip as opposed to a road running shoe. One that grips well on mud and provides ankle support. We have used shoes from the following brands - Icebug, Innov-8 and Salamon.
Where are the water stations located?
There will be water stations located at the transition areas throughout the race but you do need to carry your own water container with you (bottle, platypus, etc). You can also leave full water bottle with your bike at the start of the race.
Where are the best spectator points for GAELFORCE DUBLIN?
SPECTATORS ARE VERY WELCOME AT GAELFORCE DUBLIN AND YOUR SUPPORT WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE COMPETITORS.
The only locations to spectate from are as follows:
- Start line at Tallaght stadium
- Finish line at Tallaght stadium
- Other areas of the course are not suitable for spectators.
**There will be no parking at Tallaght Stadium for the 2019 event
Please use public transport or park in alternative public areas.