Stage 1 : Forest Trail Run Leg 1 – 4Km
Starting outside main entrance to Liss Ard House you will run through the estates 300 acres of woodlands before re-joining the main avenue to run down to your bike. Terrain: Estate pathways, Forest trails.
Route Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/420539567
Stage 2 : Road Bike Leg 1 – 11Km – 160m Elevation Gain
You mount your bike and begin with a 4Km flat route on country roads before you tackle a 1Km 7% average gradient climb up Coom Hill. From here its downhill for 6Km to arrive in the unique surrounds of Europe’s largest saltwater lake, Lough Hyne. Here you will rack your bike for stage 3. 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/427531788
Stage 3 : 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. From the lake-level timing point, you run across the road and down to the Kayak launching pier.
Route Link: (awaiting updated garmin link for this leg)
Stage 4 : Kayak – 1km
This stage will give you a unique opportunity to kayak a 1km course on this Marine Nature Reserve in the safe yet challenging environment of a saltwater lake only 800 mts by 600 mts in surface area but some 52 mts deep at points. From here your last legs will overlap with the other 76Km course.
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