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Entry

Can I enter online?

Yes, this is the only way that this event can be entered. Please enter here.

What is the closing date for entries?

The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday 20th June 2019 or when 1,600 participants have entered.

What is the entry fee?

The entry fee for entering either the short, medium or long route is £40 or euro equivalent.

What does my entry fee include?

• Professionally organised event
• GPS plots of all routes made available for download for all participants
• Insurance cover
• Electronic timing system
• Bike number and rider photography
• Course marking on all routes
• Manned check points, hydration and feed stations.
• Goody bag
• Hot food at the end
• First aid and ambulance cover
• Changing facilities / toilets
• Secure online entry and payment system
• Mechanical Support
• Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive Medal

What if I can’t make it to the cycle on the day?

Unfortunately there are no refunds.

How can I check that I am entered?

Online entrants will receive a confirmation email of their booking.

Is there any age restrictions for entry?

Yes, all participants must be aged 18 years and over.

Event Registration and Start Times

What time is registration at and where?

Participants will be able to register on:

– Friday 21st June 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at the Páirc Mac Quílín GAA Club in Ballycastle AND

– Saturday 22nd June 2019 at Event HQ (see times listed below). Event HQ is located at the Páirc Mac Quílín GAA Club. A map of the Event HQ location can be viewed HERE. For those who are being guided by GPS, the postcode for this area is BT54 6HA.

115 miles route – 6.30am – 8.00am
85 miles route – 7.30am – 8.45am

60 mile route – TBC

35 miles – 8.15am – 9.30am

Please Note: Nothing is sent to you in the post before the event, everything you require to take part in the event is issued at registration.


What time does the event start at and where?

The start location for each route is located at the main entrance to the Páirc Mac Quílín GAA Club. A map of the event registration location can be viewed HERE. For those who are being guided by GPS, the postcode for this area is BT54 6HA. Live music and toilets will be on site for the event.

The start times for each route are:

  • 115 Miles Route – 7.30am – 8.15am
  • 85 Miles Route – 8.30am – 9.00am
  • NEW 60 Miles Route – TBC
  • 35 Miles Route – 9.15am – 9.45am

 


Equipment

What do I need to bring with me?

MANDATORY KIT

If you do not have the mandatory kit you will NOT be allowed to participate.

Bike – make sure it is is good working order.
Helmet
Water bottle

RECOMMENDED KIT

Please see below for a list of recommended kit:

Mobile phone with credit
Bike repair kit
Puncture repair kit
Emergency money & ID
Energy snacks
Waterproof / windproof top
Gloves
Hat or Buff
Small first aid kit


What type of bicycle do I need for the event?

A road bike is suitable for this event however a mountain bike with road tyres or a hybrid touring bike would be suitable for the 35 mile route. Please note that NO TRI BARS may be used on the steep descents.

On the Day

Where are the Feed Stations?

As with all such cycling events, it is important for the health and safety of the riders (due to the calorie expenditure) to provide feed stations at strategic points along the route. Please find the location of the 4 feed stations marked below where participants can receive water, energy drinks & gels and basic foods (including fruit cake, tray bakes, sandwiches, bananas and sweets).

  • Feed Station 1 (Ballinlea Parochial Hall) – approx 21miles in
  • Feed Station 2 (St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall) – approx 57miles in (approx 22miles in for the medium route)
  • Feed Station 3 (Glenarm Estate) – approx 88miles in (approx 53miles in for the medium route)
  • Feed Station 4 (Sea Front Car Park in Cushendun) – approx 102 miles in (approx 67miles in for the medium route)


What first-aid facilities will be available on the day?

Ambulances will be available all day. Should anyone require medical assistance it will be administered in the fastest possible time frame. As well as this, there will be a visible marshal presence and warning signage on the entire route.

Where is the official finish?

The location of the finish line will be located in the same place as the start area – i.e at Páirc MacUílín GAA Club. A map of the location can be viewed HERE. For those who are being guided by GPS, the postcode for this area is BT54 6HA.

Is there free car-parking?

Yes car parking will be provided for free in the official car park for this event at Pairc MacUilin on Whitepark Road.

Are there changing and shower facilities?

Changing and shower facilities will be available for participants in Event HQ at Páirc MacUílín. These will be available from 6.00am. The location is marked on the car parking map above.

Can i change from one route to another after registration

Yes – email us with your request and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What if i withdraw from the event on the day?

If you pull out of the event having started earlier in the day you MUST inform someone at Event HQ at the start/finish area that you have done so.

Misc

Is this cycle for any particular charity?

This is not a charity event however please do consider taking part in the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive to fundraise for one or both of our nominated charities. The nominated charities for the event are Marie Curie Cancer Care and Action Medical Research, if you would like to take part in this event for charity please click here. Please note the full entry fee is used to cover the costs of the event.

When will the results be available?

The results will be available on the event website from Monday 10th September 2018.

Is there an after event social gathering?

Yes there will be a social gathering and a raffle on the Saturday evening of the event in Ballycastle. Click here for more information. Everyone is welcome, bring along your friends and family too for a great night to end the day!

What will the weather be like?

June is at the beginning of Northern Ireland’s summer so the average temperature is 14 degrees, however as the event will take place along the coast the temperature may be lower than this with a risk of rain.

Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland Cycle NI Decathlon

This event is an initiative of Outdoor Recreation NI, a not for profit organisation