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Ireland Weekend Challenge

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This weekend-long adventure will push you to your limits and give you an experience not soon to be forgotten with 34 km of biking over the day. With a 6 km hike up Diamond Hill in between the cycling stages, your legs won't forget either!

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We offer fully-supported long weekend and long week adventures in the best wilderness locations around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or new to the outdoors, we’re with you through every stage of the journey. Discovering new places, leaving a positive impact and making new friends while you’re at it.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Mon May 20 2019

What's included:

Included:

  • Return transfers from Knock Airport or Galway train station
  • 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
  • Full board. Locally sourced, organic food from Friday lunchtime to Sunday breakfast inclusive
  • Wilderness skills and bushcraft workshop
  • Event-specific training plan
  • Fully signposted & supported route
  • Medical and physio support
  • Timing tracker (Competitors)
  • Walking guide & sweeper as a backstop
  • Photography
  • Activities in camp
  • Tour bikes for the Challenge (participants are welcome to bring their own
  • Traditional music & entertainment
  • Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
  • Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
  • Finishers medal and wristband
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WHAT WILL THE FOOD BE LIKE?
The food is delicious. Made in partnership with Basic Kitchen, it is sourced locally, always fresh and always delicious.… read more
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WHAT DOES CAMP LOOK LIKE?
The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.… read more
Route description
Route description
  • Stage 1: Bike: 22 km bike to Diamond Hill along the coastal route.
  • Stage 2: 6 km mountain hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park (600m elevation gain).
  • Stage 3: 12 km bike back.

We have specifically tailored our courses to enable the fastest competitors to complete the route in about 4 hours, while everyone should be able to do it in about 8 hours.

Logistics and schedule

Schedule

FRIDAY

  • Arrive and transfers to camp

  • Registration, briefing and lunch

  • Afternoon activities

  • Campfire chilli and bed

SATURDAY

  • Breakfast in camp

  • The IGO Ireland Challenge: hike/run & bike

  • Evening celebrations in camp

  • Camp overnight

  • SUNDAY

  • Breakfast in camp

  • Yoga

  • Transfers to local train station & airport

How to get there

Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland

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Coming from out of Ireland: we would suggest that you fly to Knock as we will provide direct transfers from there to the course. The transfer will leave at 12:45 pm on Friday and return at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Coming from Ireland: We advise that you take the train to Galway as we will provide direct transfers from there to the course. The transfer will leave at 12:30 pm on Friday and return at 12:00 pm on Sunday.

All participants in the event will gather at IGO Base Camp in Cleggan, Connemara at 1:00 pm. We hope that you spare a thought for the environment when planning your journey (also, consider that parking is fairly limited).

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