QUEST KENMARE ROUTE INFO

We discovered 3 challenging routes to test you no matter what level of fitness you have. Run, cycle and kayak across the stunning Kenmare landscape.

Route Information & Precautions

The Quest team has put together a route that is both challenging and inspiring with the rugged landscape and breathtaking scenery.

Precautions
Competitors undertake Quest Kenmare Adventure Race 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 steward’s advice and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race.

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

72K Expert Route

Expert Route – 72km

Stage 1

Starting in Kenmare town on your bike with a controlled rolling start for 1km you will cycle past Sheen Falls and through the historical Bonane Valley. This is a secondary tarred road with grass in the middle of the road for most parts. A couple of gradual inclines until you go back onto the main N71 Kenmare to Glengarriff Road. You will then cycle up to the Caha Pass Tunnels and into Glengarriff to Transition 1 at Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

Terrain:                                   Secondary roads, sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Open secondary roads, grass in the middle of the road, debris and water on road in parts.

Distance:                                30km Cycle

Total Elevation:                       510M

Link to route:                          Stage 1 route

Stage 2

You’ll park your bike in at the transition in Glengarriff Nature Reserve and follow a marked trail through the forest park. Two sets of steps and undulating climbs all on gravel well-maintained trails.

Terrain:                                   Gravel Trails.

Precautions:                           Slippery, wet stone steps.

Distance:                                6.50km Trail Run

Total Elevation:                       129

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 2 Route

Stage 3

Short but tough cycle back to transition 2 at Molly Gallivans. This includes the toughest climbing section of the event, a short 3km climb of over 300m. Many participants will be walking this section.

Terrain:                                   Secondary roads, sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Open secondary roads, grass in the middle of the road, and debris on road.

Distance:                                10km Cycle

Total Elevation:                       316

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 3 Route

Stage 4

From the transition at Molly Gallivans you will follow a trail, road and mountain track to the base of Esk Mountain. It is an up and back route to the top of Esk Mountain at an elevation of 370m to the Cork and Kerry border. Please note that elements of this route are affected by the weather and this could change the route slightly closer to the time of the event.

Terrain:                                   Trail, gravel track, open mountain.

Precautions:                           Wet, loose debris, boggy under foot.

Distance:                                8km Run

Total Elevation:                       370

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 4 Route

Stage 5

From the transition at Molly Gallivans you will follow the main road back to Kenmare town. This is a fast downhill section with a good road surface. Bike transition is on the pier/peninsula area in Kenmare Town.

Terrain:                                   Sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Roads open to traffic.

Distance:                                14km Cycle

Total decent:                           219

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 5 Route

Stage 6

Bike Transition is on the pier/peninsula area in Kenmare Town you will run to the kayak area to begin the kayak stage.

Distance:                 1km Run

Stage 7

Kayaking on Kenmare Bay on double sit on top kayaks. Final route of kayak to be confirmed closer to event day based on tidal conditions.

Distance:                 1km Kayak

Stage 8

Final run to the finish line. From the kayak area there is a short run through town to the finish line in the Square in Kenmare where hot soup and your medal will be waiting for you.

Distance:                 1.5km Run

43km Sport Route

SPORT Route – 43K

Stage 1

Starting in Kenmare town on your bike with a controlled rolling start for 1km you will cycle past Sheen Falls and through the historical Bonane Valley. This is a secondary tarred road with grass in the middle of the road for most parts. A couple of gradual inclines until you go back onto the main N71 Kenmare to Glengarriff Road. You will then cycle up to the transition at Molly Gallivans.

Terrain:                                   Secondary roads, sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Open secondary roads, grass in the middle of the road, debris and water on the road in parts.

Distance:                                18km Cycle

Total Elevation:                       321m

Link to route:                          Stage 1 Route

Stage 2

From the Transition at Molly Gallivans you will follow a trail on road and track to the base of Esk Mountain. It is an up and back route to the top of Esk Mountain at an elevation of 370m to the Cork and Kerry border. Please note that elements of this route are affected by the weather and this could change the route slightly closer to the time of the event.

Terrain:                                   Trail, gravel track, open mountain.

Precautions:                           Wet, loose debris, boggy underfoot.

Distance:                                8km Run

Total Elevation:                       370

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 2 Route

Stage 3

From the transition at Molly Gallivans you will follow the main road back to Kenmare town. This is a fast downhill section with a good road surface. Bike transition is on the pier/peninsula area in Kenmare Town.

Terrain:                                   Sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Roads open to traffic.

Distance:                                14km Cycle

Total descent:                         219

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 3 Route

Stage 4

Bike transition is on the pier/peninsula area in Kenmare Town you will run to the kayak area to begin the kayak stage.

Distance:                 1km Run

Stage 5

Kayaking on Kenmare Bay on double sit-on-top kayaks. Final route of kayak to be confirmed closer to event day based on tidal conditions.

Distance:                 1K Kayak

Stage 6

Final run to the finish line. From the kayak area there is a short run through town to the finish line in the Square in Kenmare where hot soup and your medal will be waiting for you.

Distance:                 1.5km Run

28km Challenge Route

CHALLENGE Route – 28K

Stage 1

Starting in Kenmare town on your bike with a controlled rolling start for 1km you will cycle past Sheen Falls and through the historical Bonane Valley. This is a secondary tarred road with grass in the middle of the road for most parts. A couple of gradual inclines until you arrive at the first transition at Bonane Heritage Park.

 

Terrain:                                   Secondary roads, sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Open secondary roads, grass in the middle of the road, debris and water on road in parts.

Distance:                                10.70km Cycle

Total Elevation:                       321m

Link to route:                          Stage 1 Route

 

Stage 2

From the transition at Bonane Heritage Park you will follow a trail on around Bonane Heritage park on gravel track with some steep sections. You will do 2 laps of this course.

 

Terrain:                                   Trail, gravel track.

Precautions:                           Wet, loose debris, slippy under foot.

Distance:                                4km Run

Total Elevation:                       148m

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 2 Route

 

Stage 3

From the transition at Bonane Heritage Park you will follow the main road back to Kenmare with some fast downhill sections. Bike transition is on the pier/peninsula area in Kenmare Town.

 

Terrain:                                   Sealed tarmac.

Precautions:                           Open roads to traffic.

Distance:                                10.50km Cycle

Total descent:                           121

Link to Route Map:                 Stage 3 Route

Stage 4

Bike transition is on the pier/peninsula area in Kenmare Town you will run to the kayak area to begin the kayak stage.

 

Distance:                 1km Run

 

Stage 5

Kayaking on Kenmare Bay on double sit-on-top Kayaks. Final route of kayak to be confirmed closer to event day based on tidal conditions.

 

Distance:                 1km Kayak

 

Stage 6

Final run to the finish line. From the kayak area there is a short run through town to the finish line in the Square in Kenmare where hot soup and a medal will be waiting for you.

 

Distance:                 1.5km Run

 

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