The total length is 155kms. This is a very difficult cycle geared towards the more experienced cyclists. Those who may not feel ready for this have the option to choose the shorter cycle of 95kms. See below for details.
The route is Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Valentia, Caherciveen, Dromid, New Chapel Cross, Portmagee, Coom An Easpaigh, The Glen and on to the Finish in Waterville.
Sign-on: Sign-on will take place at the Waterville GAA Club grounds in Waterville. The clubhouse is located approximately 400metres from the Sea Lodge Hotel. It is signposted from the hotel. For more info log onto www.watervillegaa.com Sign-on will take place between 8.30am and 10.30am sharp. The Etape will start at 11am sharp.
Parking: parking is available in the GAA grounds. Showers/changing facilities: these are available in the clubhouse.
The route: see the attached map for the full Etape route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/1373776975/
The speed: There will be 2 groups on the road. The first will travel at 34km/h, the lead car will stick strictly to that speed. The second group will travel at a comfortable speed set by the group itself behind a lead car. Anybody who feels they want to go faster is free to do so but will then be without a lead car or backup.
Signage: Every entrant will be issued with a map on the morning at sign-on. The route will also be signposted at the main junctions and there will be motorcycle marshalls on the route. Ambulance cover: This will be provided by the Red Cross with ambulances positioned along the route. Broom wagon: this will travel approximately 10minutes behind the 24km/h group.
Timing: Timing will be carried out by Sportstiming.ie. There will be a chip built into the number which you will receive at sign-on. Please make sure the number is to the front. As you will start in a group you will all be giving the same start time. There will be a mat at the finish line, make sure you cycle over it or your finish time will now be recorded.
Neutral service: while neutral service is available it is compulsory that everyone carry a spare tube, a pump and basic tools of their own. Bring the necessary equipment that you would take on a long training spin. Due to the length of the course and the time gap between cyclists there will be no guarantee of neutral service getting to you on time. There will be a pump and some basic tools at each food/hydration stop
Hydration/food stops: there will be a food/hydration stop at Portmagee AFTER the lap of Valentia Island. This is at approximately 60kms on the first passing out and at 118kms on the way back. At these stops there will be water, sandwiches, chocolate, brack and bananas.
After the event: showers will be available at the clubhouse and everyone is entitled to a hot meal at one of the following restaurants: 1) An Corcan Restaurant 2) O’Dwyers/The Villa 3) The Butler Arms Hotel 4) The Lobster Bar. You will be given a voucher for this meal at sign-on. Please don’t lose this voucher as without it you’ll go hungry. For any other queries call Alan on 087 6259892
The total length is 95kms
The route is Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Valentia, Portmagee, Coom An Easpaigh, The Glen and on to the Finish in Waterville.
All the above points apply with a couple of changes:
- After leaving Valentia Island you will turn right through Portmagee onto Coom an Easpaigh and home.
- There is only one food/hydration stop. This will be at 60kms AFTER the lap of Valentia Island.
- There will be a lead car from Portmagee to the finish for the short option. This car will travel in front of the largest group on the short option.