GAELFORCE NORTH FULL – 62KM

DISCIPLINE DISTANCES IN THE 62KM COURSE:

1. Running/walking: 19.5km approx

2. Cycling: 40.5km approx

3. Kayaking: 2km max

**Note Change for 2018:

Kayak Stage has been moved - see stage 4
Cycle Route has been changed - see stage 4 & 5

 

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 CYCLING (24KM)

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

STAGE 3 ERRIGAL MOUNTAIN RUN/WALK (4KM)

A marked route is followed up and down Mount Errigal. 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 CYCLING AND KAYAKING (2KM)

From the bottom of Errigal it is a short cycle of approx 3.5km to Dunlewy Centre and the Kayak transition. There is a time out at the kayak transition except for those in Wave 1 competing for a podium position. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks. You will paddle a looped course on the lake.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND  FINAL RUN (13.5KM)

For the final stage you will cycle back on to the R251 turning left. At the next T Junction you will turn left on to the N56.After approx 3km in Gweedore you will turn right on to the R258 into Bunbeg. Turn right at the T-junction and follow marshals and sign posting to Inishcool Beach.
The race ends with a short run along the dunes to the finish line.

 

 

ADVENTURE DUATHLON - 60KM:


The course is the same as that above, but without STAGE 4. 

GAELFORCE NORTH SPRINT – 43KM

DISCIPLINE DISTANCES IN THE 43KM COURSE:

1. Running/walking: 12km approx

2. Cycling: 30km approx

3. Kayaking: 1km max

**Note Change for 2018:

Kayak Stage has been moved - see stage 4
Cycle Route has been changed - see stage 4 & 5

 

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. This is a breathtaking route and one you will remember forever.

STAGE 2 CYCLING (14km)

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

STAGE 3 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 of approx 3.5km to Dunlewy Centre and the Kayak transition. There is a time out at the kayak transition except for those in Wave 1 competing for a podium position. The boats are tandem sit-on-top kayaks. You will paddle a looped course on the lake.

STAGE 5 CYCLING AND FINAL RUN (13KM)

For the final stage you will cycle back on to the R251 turning left. At the next T Junction you will turn left on to the N56. After approx 3km in Gweedore you will turn right on to the R258 into Bunbeg. Turn right at the T-junction and follow marshals and sign posting to Inishcool Beach.

The race ends with a short run along the dunes to the finish line.

 

SPRINT ADVENTURE DUATHLON - 42KM:


This course is the same as that above but without STAGE 4.