QUEST 12/24 ROUTE INFO

The routes were designed to be challenging and inspiring as a real test of endurance for any outdoor enthusiast along the Wild Atlantic Way. With two routes 147km and 248km, we’ll take you to the edge of your physical ability.

Information documents 2019

Route Information & Precautions

The Quest Adventure Series has put together routes that are both challenging and inspiring with the rugged landscape and breathtaking scenery. Both routes encompasses two of Ireland’s highest mountains, gruelling climbs on the bike and a windswept
kayak with the backdrop of Skellig Michael

There are 2 different routes:

  • 12 Hours – 147km
  • 24 Hours – 248km

Precautions
Competitors undertake Quest 12/24 at their own risk.

Please familiarise yourself with the route maps, race briefing document and the areas on the route where care must be taken. Please observe warning signs, race stewards advice and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race.

*All routes are subject to change, statutory approval and license agreements.

147km Route Information

All routes are subject to final permissions from statutory bodies and are subject to change

The 147km route consists of the following 6 stages:
The route has been devised to bring you to places you have never been before, both physically and
mentally. It encompasses two of Ireland’s highest mountains, gruelling climbs on the bike and a windswept
kayak with the backdrop of Skellig Michael.

Stage 1: Cycle – 48km
Description: Starting after a mass start from the picturesque village of Sneem in South West Kerry, the first stage is a 48km road bike.

  • Start: Sneem Hotel – Quest Base Camp
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrantoohill, Lough AcooseDistance: 38km Cycle
  • Distance: 48km CycleRoad Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the roadBike Type: Road Bike
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Ballaghbeama, Ring of Kerry Route

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 13km
Description: A journey to the top of Ireland via two of its highest peaks, Caher and Carrauntoohil. Run/walk a fully marshalled route to a checkpoint at the summit of Carrauntoohil before returning to your bike.

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough AcooseDistance: 13km Mountain Run
  • Distance: 13km Mountain RunSurface: Mixture
  • Surface: Mixture between mountain trail, ridge trail and stone trail
  • Safety: Qualified marshals will be on hand all the way along this stage up to summit to ensure
    your safety. Fully marked with arrows.

Stage 3: Cycle – 49km
Description: You will proceed to cycle from the transition along Ireland’s toughest climbs Ballagisheen Pass and into Waterville on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club Kayak Transition
  • Distance: 49km Cycle
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road.
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Ballaghisheen Pass

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 4: Kayak – 5km
Description: 5km kayak around the tranquil Lough Currane in Waterville. Paddle around the many islands in this
large inland lake.

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Distance: 5km kayak
  • Equipment: Double sit on top kayak with backrest, paddle and buoyancy aid all provided.
    Each participant will kayak on their own in a double sit-on-top kayak. For environmental sensitivity reasons, participants are not allowed to bring their own kayaks.
  • Safety: We will provide safety boats on the water to ensure you don’t go off track and
    ensure your safety at all times.

Stage 5: Cycle – 14km
Description: Hugging the Wild Atlantic Way, you will cycle on the Ring of Kerry route to transition T3 in Derrynane.

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition.
  • Finish: Transition 3: Derrynane
  • Distance: 14km cycle
  • Surface: Sealed roads, suitable for a road bike

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 6: Trail Run – 18.5km
Description: The sting in the tail for the ultimate endurance test. A 22.5km trail run along the Kerry Way, a waymarked trail
from Waterville to the finish in Sneem.

  • Start: Transition 3: Derrynane
  • Finish: Sneem Hotel
  • Distance: 18.5km Trail Run
  • Surface: Mixture of mountain trail, forest trail, gravel farm roads and secondary road surfaces.
  • Safety: The trails will be fully marked with arrows and marshals at checkpoints and key junctions.

CHECKPOINTS & TIMING
Each participant will be given a GPS tracker which will track their progress along the prescribed route.
Participants will have to check in at certain points along the route highlighted on route maps

248km Route Information

All routes are subject to final permissions from statutory bodies and are subject to change

The 248km route consists of the following 5 stages:
The route has been devised to bring you to places you have never been before, both physically and
mentally. It encompasses two of Ireland’s highest mountains, gruelling climbs on the bike and a windswept
kayak with the backdrop of Skellig Michael.

Stage 1: Cycle – 80km
Description: Starting in the picturesque village of Sneem in South West Kerry, the first stage is a 80km road bike.

  • Start: Sneem Hotel – Quest Base Camp
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrantoohill, Lough Acoose
  • Distance: 80km Cycle
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Molls Gap, Lough Brin, Ballaghbeama

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 13km
Description: A journey to the top of Ireland via two of its highest peaks, Caher and Carrauntoohil. Run/walk a fully marshalled route to a checkpoint at the summit of Carrauntoohil before returning to your bike.

 

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough AcooseDistance: 13km Mountain Run
  • Distance: 13km Mountain RunSurface: Mixture
  • Surface: Mixture between mountain trail, ridge trail and stone trail
  • Safety: Qualified marshals will be on hand all the way along this stage up to summit to ensure
    your safety. Fully marked with arrows.

Stage 3: Cycle – 111km
Description: 111km road bike through some of Ireland’s toughest climbs. Cycle around Valentia Island, Ballinskelligs Ring
overlooking Skellig Rock.

 

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club Kayak Transition
  • Distance: 111km Cycle
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road.
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Molls Gap, Lough Brin, Ballaghisheen Pass, Coomanaspic

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 4: Kayak – 10km
Description: 10km Kayak around the tranquil Lough Currane in Waterville. Paddle around the many islands in this
large inland lake.

 

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Distance: 10km Kayak
  • Equipment: Double sit on top kayak with backrest, paddle and buoyancy aid all provided.
    Each participant will kayak on their own in a double sit-on-top kayak. For environmental sensitivity reasons, participants are not allowed to bring their own kayaks.
  • Safety: We will provide safety boats on the water to ensure you don’t go off track and
    ensure your safety at all times.

Stage 5: Trail Run – 34km
Description: The sting in the tail for the ultimate endurance test. A 34km trail run along the Kerry Way, a waymarked trail
from Waterville to the finish in Sneem.

 

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition.
  • Finish: Finish Sneem Hotel
  • Distance: 34km Trail Run
  • Surface: Mixture of mountain trail, forest trail, gravel farms road and secondary road surface.
  • Safety: The trails will be fully marked with arrows and marshals at checkpoints and key junctions.

CHECKPOINTS & TIMING
Each participant will be given a GPS tracker which will track their progress along the prescribed route.
Participants will have to check in at certain points along the route highlighted on route maps

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