Stage 1 : Forest/Road Trail Run Leg 1 – 13Km – 300m Elevation Gain
Starting at the entrance to Castletownshend Castle you will run through the castles 400 acres of woodlands before joining a country road to take you to Rinneen Woods where you will complete a 3Km Trail Loop before rejoining the country roads to complete the 13Km route by running over Caim Hill to Reen in Union Hall Pier. Terrain: Country Roads, Forest trails and some marshy forest ways. Note: The Castle grounds are private and will only be open to competitors on the day of the race.Please respect this fact if you are training on the course prior to the event, and stay out of the castle grounds.
Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/432254123
Stage 2 : Kayak – 1Km
From Reen Pier you will kayak back past the Castle to the Boathouse Slip and from here you have a short 200m run to the bike transition area. (subject to weather conditions course may vary)
Stage 3 : Road Bike Leg 1 – 37Km – 620m Elevation Gain
You mount your bike and begin with the first of three 7% average gradient 1Km climbs on this route. The climb takes you out of the village and on a loop through the best of scenic areas in West Cork including Rinneen, Union Hall, Toe Head, and Tragumna, before arriving in the unique surrounds of Europe’s largest saltwater lake, Lough Hyne. Here you will rack your bike for stage 4. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected (puncture resistant tyres recommended).
Note: The mount/dismount area is 250m from bike racking zone.
Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531768
Stage 4 : Hill Run Leg 2 – 7Km – 260m Elevation Gain
Having racked your bike this is an amazing run over Knockomagh Woods where via 4.6km of trail, road, and forestry road you will assent to 170m before climbing into the forest proper to trek across the summit for 500m. While crossing the summit you will meet two spectacular viewing points both at approx. 200m above sea level. At the second of these look-outs, there is a timing dibber point and an opportunity to pose for photos taking in the magnificent view over Lough Hyne and the ocean. You must then negotiate the steep decent through forest trail reaching lake level in just 1.4Km, and returning to lakeside transition zone to collect your bike.
Route Link: (awaiting updated garmin link for this leg)
Stage 5 : Road Bike Leg 2 – 17Km – 280m Elevation Gain
You will mount your bike and get the opportunity to take in the beauty of the lake by circling it and then climbing another 2Km 7% average gradient climb taking in breathtaking coastal views to the Fastnet Rock and once you have made your way through a stretch on 2Km of technical and rough country road you will begin the 13Km sprint along secondary roads back to Liss Ard Estate where after dropping your bike you will have a 1Km dash up the estate avenue to the finish line and your well deserved individual cheer. Terrain: Generally good to mixed quality surfaced (except for 2Km poor) country roads but potholes and gravel can be expected (puncture resistant tyres recommended.
Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/427531784