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Night Rider Sportif

28/04/2018 | 7:00 PM

€50

NIGHT RIDER SPORTIF 28 APRIL 2018 


UNIQUE MOONLIGHT CYCLE THROUGH CONNEMARA

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WITH A FULL MOON AS YOUR CHAPERONE CHOOSE FROM 100KM AND 60KM DISTANCES ALONG THIS MAGNIFICENT PART OF THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY.

THE JOURNEY

This is not a race but a journey. Starting just before sunset you will cycle into the darkness. Enjoy the night time quiet while the light from the moon and stars help to guide your way.

THE ROUTE

The start and finishing points for 2017 have changed. You will start out from the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway. Your route is entirely on sealed roads and will pass through deep valleys, alongside still lakes and rugged coastline. Refreshment stops will be provided along the way.

THE REASON

This is an ideal way to kick-start your cycling for the year or to push you that little bit further. It is also just a wonderful way to spend a moonlit evening in April.


THE COURSE

100KM (102KM) SPORTIF

 100KM ROUTE PROFILE

CLIFDEN AND THE SKY ROAD
The cycle starts at the Station House Hotel in Clifden. You will then pass through the town and take the famous Sky Road. The climb to the highest point will be worth it to appreciate the vast stillness of the Atlantic and its islands spreading out beneath you.

CLEGGAN AND LETTERFRACK
The quiet fishing village of Cleggan is your next marker before reaching Letterfrack and passing the Connemara National Park.  Tea/Coffee and cold refreshments will be available in Letterfrack to help you on your journey.

TULLYCROSS AND LOUGH FEE TO KILLARY
From Letterfrack you will head for Killary via the village of Tullycross and along the coast road via Lettergesh and Glassilaun. These white sand beaches will sparkle in the moonlight. This route is through another spectacular valley running alongside Lough Muc and Lough Fee. When you get to the end of this loop you will turn left on to the N59 and proceed to Killary Adventure Centre for some hot refreshments and a chat with your fellow cyclists. This marks 61km into your cycle.

KILLARY FJORD TO RECESS
After leaving Killary Adventure Centre you will head back towards Letterfrack on the N59, turning left on to the R344. This part of the route through the Inagh Valley has almost zero light pollution. The Twelve Bens mountains and the Maum Turks soar around you making this a magical place.

RECESS TO CLIFDEN
Once you reach the junction at the end of the R344 in Recess you will turn right bringing you back on to the N59 Galway to Clifden road. You will have approx 11km left to go at this point. Cycling on to Clifden and the Station House Hotel there will be well-earned hot refreshments and a nice bit of banter.

PLEASE NOTE

There will be a marshal at every turn and a bike mechanic will be available at mid point.
Cut-off times apply.
There will be a broom wagon following at the very back!


60KM (68KM) SPORTIF

68KM ROUTE PROFILE

CLIFDEN TO LETTERFRACK
The cycle starts at the Station House Hotel in Clifden. The route goes out the N59 Clifden to Westport Road through bogland and sweeping views to Letterfrack where the Connemara National Park is located. Tea/Coffee and cold refreshments will be available in Letterfrack if you so wish to stop here and chat with some of your fellow cyclists.

LETTERFRACK TO KILLARY
The course to Killary is via Kylemore following a winding road past Kylemore Abbey and  Kylemore lake through the trees. The mountains of Connemara will be looming on either side of you as you pass along through the deep quiet then on to the shores of Killary Fjord. There will be hot refreshments waiting for you at Killary Adventure Centre. This is the 28km mark of the cycle.

KILLARY FJORD TO RECESS
After leaving Killary Adventure Centre you will head back towards Letterfrack on the N59, turning left on to the R344 (34km point).  This part of the route through the Inagh Valley has almost zero light pollution. The Twelve Bens mountains and the Maum Turks soar around you making this a magical place.

 RECESS TO CLIFDEN
Once you reach the junction at the end of the R344 in Recess you will turn right bringing you back on to the N59 Galway to Clifden road. You will have approx 11km left to go at this point. Cycling on to Clifden and the Station House Hotel there will be a well-earned hot refreshments and a nice bit of banter.


PRICING & INFO

ENTRY IS ONLINE ONLY AND IS NOW OPEN

100KM AND 60KM

€40.00pp until 17:00 29 Dec 2017 (early bird price)
€50.00pp until online entry closes
€60.00pp for on the day entry
All online prices shown exclude €4.50 booking fee

PLEASE NOTE

Online registration closes at 3pm on Friday 27 April 2018
You must be 16 years of age on the day of the race to enter

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES

  • Event technical t-shirt
  • A fully marked route
  • Route timing
  • Refreshment stops along the route
  • Post-event food

Please note t-shirts are ordered 4 weeks in advance of the event. Entries after this may have to have t-shirt posted out.

IMPORTANT TIMES

REGISTRATION:

Registration takes place at the Station House Hotel, Clifden, on Saturday 28th April 2017 from 16:00 – 18:30

EVENT START TIME:

Sportif start time for both distances: 19:00

CUT-OFF TIMES:

100km cycle: 

21:30 for being permitted to take the Tully Cross Road from Letterfrack – this is the 40km mark so should be more than achieveable.
Alternative route is via the N59 – see links to maps above for guidance on distances

The course for both distances will close at 00.01am on Sunday 9th April.

MANDATORY KIT

FAILURE TO HAVE ALL OF THE BELOW WILL RESULT IN YOU BEING UNABLE TO START THE EVENT.

  • Bike light with minimum 600 lumen light output – check out some recommendations here
  • Rear light – flashing red
  • Spare light/ battery – This is VERY IMPORTANT for your personal safety as you CANNOT cycle at night without a light.
  • Reflective Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Spare tube and tools to change
  • Waterproof jacket

FIRST TIMER

WHAT MAKES THIS THE PERFECT FIRST TIMER CYCLE EVENT?

  1. It is a magical experience keeping your mind from focusing on the effort involved.
  2. Night time cycling is the safest form of cycling in this area.  Cars are very happy to pull in and let you pass and plus with a big light you are more visible than you would be during the day.
  3. The course profile is relatively flat and manageable, better for the early part of the year when you may not have as many hours spent on your bike.
  4. The only extra expense that you will have to incur is the purchase of a strong head torch but this is a very useful piece of equipment.
  5. Most importantly this is a journey and not a race and while some may be monitoring their time you do not need to have the pressure of competing.

Light (torch) information

Check out some good options available on line here

Details

Date:
28/04/2018
Time:
7:00 PM
Cost:
€50
Event Category:
Event Tags:
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Website:
http://gaelforceevents.com/en/night-rider-info

Organiser

Killary Gaelforce
Email:
Info@gaelforceevents.com
Website:
http://gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-dublin-info

Venue

Clifden
Station House Hotel
Clifden, Co. Galway Ireland
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Website:
http://gaelforceevents.com/en/night-rider-info

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