We all know the weather can be unpredictable in Ireland, any time of the year. Pack sun cream and bug spray as it’s not uncommon to get 4 seasons in one day! Always wear technical fabric tops, shorts and socks that are breathable and whisk sweat away from your body.
Here is our wardrobe advice for adventure races;
Quest adventure races start early in the morning and the mornings can be chilly in Ireland, as you may know. Wearing a hat/buff will help keep your core warm. A buff is ideal as it fits easily under your helmet and if you get warm it can be rolled up as a sweat band.
If you are doing the longer routes it is wise to carry a pair of light weight gloves to keep the fingers warm when you are up the top of the mountains.
Wear a long sleeve base layer top. This will pull moisture away from your skin, keeping you from getting too cold or too hot. Carry a lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket. (This is part of the mandatory kit).
Your decision to wear cycle shorts or running shorts depends on the distance you are doing and the saddle on your bike. Most people can cycle up to 1hr-1hrs 30mins without cycle short. Cycle shorts are difficult to run in as the can cause blisters and chafing. Tri shorts/bib shorts are another alternative. These shorts aren’t as padded as cycling short but provide some cushioning. The biggest mistake people make is to wear cotton underwear, under their cycling shorts which is the main cause of blisters.
The most important gear for adventure racing is footwear. Get a pair of trail running shoes that give support, grip, flexible and are light weight. They come in both waterproof and non-waterproof types, but the fit is the most important thing.
It’s a good idea to use a compact backpack or bum bag to carry your mandatory kit. The type of bag is a personal choice. They can be quite handy to carry water as part of your race hydration with an internal bladder always useful to have.
All competitors must carry their mandatory kit on race day. Order your mandatory kit now and choose the Gleneagle Hotel as the delivery address and collect it at registration for Killarney.
The good news is Great Outdoors have a sale on until September 10th so get yourself sorted for gear asap plus all registrants get a 10% discount in-store when showing their confirmation email or by using GOquest as a promo code when shopping on-line at www.greatoutdoors.ie. This promotion ends on October 7th.
Quest Achill on September 9th is sold out. Quest Killarney takes place on October 7th and is selling fast. Register today www.questadventureseries.com