What does my entry fee include?
- Bus transfer from Westport to start line.
- Race clothing (previous years has been a fleece or Core Stretch jumper)
- Race medal upon completion
- Use of kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
- Use of electronic timing devices
Where are the locations for registration, the start line and finish line for Gaelforce West 2021?
Registration will now be postal. The start line is at Glassilaun beach in Connemara. Buses to the start line leave from Leenae or Killary Adventure Centre depending on your wave and parking area. The finish line is at the Killary Adventure Centre
What is the mandatory kit for Gaelforce West?
As it is an adventure race there are parts of the course that are off road so it may take a while for medical aid to reach you. The following is the mandatory kit required:
- Survival blanket and whistle
- Windproof/waterproof top
- Cycle helmet (can be left with your bike at transition area)
- Basic bike repair kit
PLEASE BRING BRING YOUR OWN FACE MASK!
PLEASE NOTE THAT CARRYING THIS MANDATORY KIT FROM THE START IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
Although the following is not mandatory kit, it is recommended:
- Suitable cycling shoes and gloves
- Sturdy walking/running shoes
- Waterproof leggings
- Course map
- Energy food and drink. Water is provided for refilling vessels at transition points. We do not give out water bottles along the route.
What facilities are at the finish line?
We will be providing a finishers pack which will include the following.the following at the finish line: Finishers medal, finishers t-shirt, fruit, sweets, water. Soup & bread will also be available.
How do I get my bike to the bike transition at Killary?
- Drop it there yourself before 10pm on Friday 10th September
- If you have booked our bike transfer service from Westport this will still be operating for 2021. The drop off location is in Westport beside the Skate park
Which wave should I enter?
You are free to choose any wave but if you want to compete for an overall winner or category prize then you must enter Wave 1/Elite at 8:00am.
What type of bike should I use?
The terrain which you will be cycling on is all sealed roads so a road bike or hybrid is best.
Can I use aerobars on my bike?
No, aerobars are not allowed and need to be taken off for the event.
What type of bike tyres should I use?
We would recommend Continental Gator Skins followed by Specialised Armadillos. A cheaper option is Rubines. The key element for most participants using road bikes (racers) is tyre pressure. It needs to be between 110-120psi. Check the side wall of the btyre to make sure it can take that much pressure. For those using Hybrids it needs to be approximately 70psi or more. Not pumping tyres hard enough is a common mistake. Make sure you also know how to change a tyre and have a bike repair kit and spare tubes with you.
Please note that only one bike can be used by each competitor. Changing bikes during the course is not allowed.
Can I hire a bike for the event?
Please note that Gaelforce Events does NOT operate any bike hire for this event. However we can recommend the following bike hire:
Clew Bay Bike Hire in Westport.
Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about their bike hire service and their range of bikes available.
Where are the best spectator points for GAELFORCE WEST?
We are very sorry but strictly no spectators are allowed due to Covid restrictions.
What happens if I cancel my event entry?
All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, this includes transfers to other years, events or people. Please do make sure that you can commit to both the event and the training before you enter one of our events.
Can I change my wave?
We cannot facilitate any wave changes after you have entered an event. Please be sure to sign up for your preferred wave when entering an event. If you preferred wave is not listed online, it is sold-out and we cannot add anyone to sold-out waves.