Information on 55k Route
In this route there is a 40km cycle section . 32 km is on sealed road, 8km on gravel path.
The surface will not always be smooth, you might come across a bit of gravel or a few steep hills.
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4km Gravel Track
You will cycle a 4km gravel track twice, on the way to Lord Brandon’s Cottage and back to finish line.
The track is narrow and it will be difficult to pass out in places.
There is a narrow bridge on the gravel track that you must dismount to cross.
Care and attention must be given when cycling this track. There are a few short steep hills that you might have to get off the bike and walk.
You will not meet anyone cycling against you on the track as all competitors will be at the cycle transition in the Black Valley before cyclists start coming returning to finish line.
Information on 33 km Route
In this route there is a 24km cycle section on a sealed road with a 50m gravel track near Torc Waterfall.
The rules of the road must be obeyed at all times as the road is not closed to traffic.
What bike should I use?
The bike type is a personal choice.
For the 55km route a hybrid or a road bike with Gator Skin tyres would be most suitable.[image animation=”” size=”half” align=”alignright” alt=”” title=””]http://www.killarneyadventurerace.ie/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/typre.jpg[/image]
These tyres have a ticker instep and reduce the risk of punctures.
The road bike will be fastest on the road but you need to be cautious on gravely track.
On 33km route a road bike is most suitable. Caution is required on the 50m gravel track near Torc Waterfall.
What happens if I get a puncture?
A spare tube and bike pump is part of the mandatory kit list. If you get a puncture you should be able to change the tube in your bike. See our video on how change a tube >>>
What type of cycling shoes / pedals should I use?
The top Elite guys will not use cycling shoes. They will use trail runners in toe clips / cages / strap type pedals (see picture below)[image animation=”” size=”half” align=”alignright” alt=”” title=””]http://www.killarneyadventurerace.ie/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/cage.jpg[/image]
You have to dismount 2 times on the 4K gravel track and possibly dismount on the steep short hill section so clip, in cycle shoes / cleat shoes might be a disadvantage.