Event FAQ

2019 ŠKODA Tour de Conamara

The 2019 ŠKODA Tour de Conamara International Sportive will take place on Saturday 25th May, starting and finishing in Clifden.

Registration is open to the public on 1st January 2019.  If you took part in one of the ŠKODA Celtic Cycle Series events in 2018 you will have an option to register for the event before it opens up to the public.  You will receive a priority registration code in December by email to use up by December 31st

Last year the event was sold out in 48 hours so get ready for January 1st to make sure you don’t miss out.

PRE-REGISTRATION PROCESS

Cyclists who took part in the ŠKODA Celtic Cycle Series events over the past two years receive an event entry code on December 20th.  This code will allow you register for the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara before the event opens up to the public on January 1st.  As the event sold out in 48 hours in 2018 you are advised to register early.

Please note the following;

  1. If you do not use the code before December 31st it will expire at midnight.  Receipt of a code allows you register before the event goes on public sale.  It does not entitle you to a place in the event after 31st December if you do not use the code and the event sells out.
  2. The codes will be sent to all cyclists directly from Eventmaster.
  3. The email address will be the email address you used to register for the events.  If an email address is entered incorrectly at the time of registration, we do not accept responsibility for non receipt of codes.
  4. If you registered for the events last year and used your email address to register other cyclists, you will receive a code to that email for each registration you made i.e. if you registered two other cyclists plus yourself you will rceive 3 codes for you and the other two cyclists to use.
  5. It is not our responsibility or that of Eventmaster to monitor email delivery or failure of cyclists to receive emails with codes due to email security.  You must check your firewall / email security for the emails.

REGISTRATION COMPETITION 

Don’t forget if you register for the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara and the ŠKODA Ring of Clare before the end of January you are entered into a draw to win a cycling holiday in either Italy or Morroco – the choice will be yours.

There will be plenty other prizes for early entry so keep an eye on our social media.

The registration fee for the 2019 SKODA Tour de Conamara is €40 plus booking fee.

If you are registering as a member of Cycling Ireland you must have your Cycling Ireland membership number.

The registration system will automatically validate your membership number with Cycling Ireland so ensure you have the correct details.

Your €40 event registration fee includes event participation, pre event pasta party, ŠKODA Cycling gift, full event back up, feed stations and refuel points, on route mechanical supports, specially commissioned finishers medal, post event massage and BBQ.

If you are not a member of Cycling Ireland you will have to purchase a day licence for €5 along with your entry fee.

If you wish to purchase a discounted event jersey you can add this to your registration for €15.50.  A limited number will be available to purchase on the day of the event at full cost of €30.  The jersey is a long sleeve ‘roubaix’ material jersey for cooler morning or evening cycles. (This is a slightly heavier material than standard cycling jersey material). The design is based on the popular gillet design from 2017, back by popular demand.

ADDITIONAL FAQ

Have a read of the 2018 FAQ’s to get a flavour of the event.  Event details such as timings etc. will not change too much but we will be updating this section in the months leading up to the event.this will give you a flavour of the event and will be updated in the months leading up to the event.

REFUNDS / TRANSFER OF ENTRIES
As stated as part of the event registration process and terms and conditions for the event no refunds or deferrals are issued for the event. We allow the transfer of places between cyclists up to ten days before the event. We do not operate a waiting list so it is up to the cyclists to arrange for another cyclist to take his/ her slot if they are transferring their place.

Transfers are now closed.  Transfers were accommodated up to Friday 18th May 2018.  Please do not attempt to cycle under someone else’s name without transferring through eventmaster.

Please note there are no deferrals to next years event or to another event in the Celtic Series.

START PREPARING – YOUR REGISTRATION FORM IS YOUR ID FOR SIGN ON

To sign on for the event and collect your event ID you must bring the confirmation of registration form that you received by email when you registered.  This must be printed out and signed by you and brought to the sign on event.

You will have to sign this registration form and present it at the event sign on (Friday or Saturday in Galway and Clifden) in order to collect your event ID.  Your form will be used for scanning you into the event and is designed to speed up the registration process for cyclists.  If you did not receive the registration form when you registered contact support@eventmaster.ie  – Please do not leave this to the day before or day of the event to check as the team will all be on site.  Wednesday 23rd May is the last day for online support in relation to your eTickets. 

REFUNDS / TRANSFER OF ENTRIES
Transfers were allowed up to 10 days before the event.  The event accommodated transfers between cyclists from January 1st to Midnight May 18th.  This will be strictly enforced with no exceptions.  This year cyclists can update details themselves.  If a cyclist takes a transfer place and does not go through the proper transfer process they will not be entitled to take part in the event.

As stated as part of the event registration process and terms and conditions for the event, no refunds are issued for the event.

 

PREPARATION IS KEY 

The majority of technical issues / bike failures happen in the first 20-30km of the event.  This is because cyclists do not check their bikes or simply pump their tyres.  Avoid the hassle of a mechanical issue by getting your bike looked at or simply pumping your wheels.  Don’t forget to bring spare tubes for your wheels. Bike mechanics are located at each feed station.  There are a number of roving bike mechanics that will try and sort out any issue on the route but you may be brought to a feed station if additional work is required.

EVENT START TIMES
• The 140km cycle starts at 9.30am
• The 80km cycle starts at 10.30 am
• Both cycles start from the courtyard of the Clifden Station House Hotel.
• If you are cycling in the 80km event please do not enter the start area with your bike until the 140km cyclists depart at 9.30am.
• Please leave plenty of time to get to the event sign on as there will be a lot of traffic on the access roads to Clifden.

EVENT SIGN ON
There will be three options for participants to sign on for the event. At sign on you will receive your event jersey and event ID. You must display your event id to gain access to the feed stations and avail of on route supports.  You will need your event wristband to get the BBQ at the end of the event.

Sign On – The Night Before – Friday 25th May
Galway City – Between 4.30pm and 8.30pm at Monaghan’s SKODA garage on the Tuam Road, Galway City
Clifden – Between 4.00pm and 9.00pm at the event office directly beside the Clifden Station House Hotel

Sign On – The Day of the Event. Saturday 26th May
Event sign on starts at 7.30am on the morning of the event. The event office is located in the Hotel Theatre directly beside the Clifden Station House Hotel.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR EVENT TICKET THAT WILL BE SCANNED TO ALLOW YOU ACCESS TO THE SIGN ON AREA. This was sent to you when you registered and includes a bar code for scanning.  You will also have to sign this form before you arrive.  Sign it when you print it and avoid delays.

What you will receive when you sign on for the event:
1. You will receive your ŠKODA Tour de Conamara event jersey* and ŠKODA cycling gift (PLEASE NOTE: The event jersey is given to cyclists who registered in the first 1500 places and cyclists who took the option to buy a jersey as part of their registration – no jerseys are available to purchase at this stage)
2. You will also receive your event identification that you must wear in order to access the Feed Stations and gain access to the event start area. (You will replace a bike tag and wristband)  You must present your ID wristband at the end of the cycle in order to get your BBQ burger at the Clifden Station House Hotel.
3. Event map and event safety guidelines.

EVENT IDENTIFICATION
When you sign on for the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara you will receive two forms of event identification
1. Bike Event ID – to be attached to your seat post – without this bike ID you will not be able to enter the start area or avail or on route services / supports and food stops.
2. Event wristband with bar code and event number – You must wear this event wristband in order to cycle.  This will contain the event emergency numbers. These will be colour coded based on the event you are cycling i.e. 140km or 80km. You will need to display your event number to access the food and refuel stops on the routes. 

CAR PARKING:
There are a number of dedicated event Car Parks including the Clifden Commercial Mart and the Eir site on the Galway entrance to the town directly after the Gardai Station.

Please do not park on Church grounds in Clifden or in commercial retail car parks (LIDL or ALDI). Please respect the residents of Clifden and commercial premises in the town. 

EVENT SAFETY:

NB: The ŠKODA Tour de Conamara is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.

  • Cycling on the route is maximum of two a breast.
    • The event is a sportive and not a race and you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
    • Your will receive an event map and key safety details at event sign on.
    • The routes selected for the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara are generally quiet roads but you will encounter some main road junctions. Be please aware of traffic on all roads.
    • ŠKODA marked directional signs will be placed throughout the route and marshals will be evident throughout the route. Please remember marshals are only there to assist. You must check for oncoming traffic at all junctions
    • All participants will be provided with an emergency contact number in the case of an emergency on the route. Please note this is not a number for bike repairs.
    • You are responsible for taking part in the event on a safe and suitable bike. Participants are responsible for their own bike maintenance. There is limited mechanical support system will be in place and will sweep throughout the route.  Don’t ruin your enjoyment of your day by turning up on a bike that has not been checked.
    • Please ensure you have spare tubes in the event of a puncture and do not rely on the emergency number for help with changing punctures etc.
    • No earphones permitted
    • No tri bars permitted

FEED STATIONS

If you register for the 140km you cannot access the 80km feed station which is only stocked with refreshments for those who registered for the 80km.  Carna is the first dedicated food stop for the 140km which comes 10km after the Cashel feed station.

140km FEED STATIONS:
The feed stations for the 140km route are located at
1. Carna Community Centre (at 50km)
2. Maam Valley Community Centre (at 90km)
3. ŠKODA Refuel station at Kylemore (at 120km) (water only)

80km FEED STATIONS:
The feed stations for the 80km route are located at the Cashel Community Centre  (located at 39km) plus a refuel station at Kylemore (60km) (water only).

Please note that if you do not avail of the first stop at Cashel Community Centre, it will be 60km before you reach the Refuel station.  The refuel station is a water break and not a feed station.

We recommend you also bring also your own supply of cycling gels, bars and drinks.

FIRST AID: 
Ambulances and roving paramedics will be available all day, should anyone require medical assistance it will be administered in the fastest possible time-frame. Please call the emergency contact number provided on the day for medical emergencies. 

The route is numbered in zones marked out every 20km.  Please take note of the zones in case you need to report an emergency.

SIGNAGE 
The 140km and 80km routes are marked out with distinctive ŠKODA directional signage.

WHAT TO BRING: 
Your bike must be in good working order to cycle either the 140km or 80km routes
– Helmet
– Water bottle (s)
– Spare tubes and a Puncture repair kit
– Mobile phone with credit
– Emergency money & ID
– Energy snacks
– Wind / Rainproof top – Participants must be aware that weather conditions in this area can change and you should bring appropriate clothing to keep warm in any adverse weather.
– Sunblock – we hope you will need plenty of this. 

AFTER THE EVENT
After you cross the finish line you will receive your well earned 2019 ŠKODA Tour de Conamara finishers medal. There will be a presentation area for some pictures and this year you will receive a well earned BBQ at the ŠKODA BBQ pit.  You will have to present your event wristband in order to claim your well earned burger.  No ID band, no burger. (one burger per cyclist)

PHOTOGRAPHY
There will be on-route photographers capturing pictures of as many cyclists taking part in the event as possible. The event cannot guarantee that all cyclists will be photographed but will be doing our best. Photographers will be at the event finish and podium area as well. Images will be uploaded to our Facebook page after the event. Event photography is provided by clearskiesahead.com who will also provide higher resultion images.

SHOWERS: 
Showers will be provided at Clifden GAA Clubhouse and at the Clifden Station House Hotel.
Please be aware that these facilities have a maximum capacity and you may be directed to one or other.

CULTURE DE CONAMARA – CLIFDEN
Clifden and the wider Connemara area is ready and waiting for the cyclists and their friends and family. A wide range of entertainment options will be hosted in the area on the night before and night of the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara. Music and entertainment is available in the Clifden Station House Hotel, EJ Kings, Guys, Lowrys and plenty more venues throughout the area. 

REMEMBER 
NO HELMET NO CYCLE – this will be strictly enforced
LEAVE NO TRACE: The event operates under a Leave Non Trace litter policy. Please respect the Connemara countryside and its residents and bring home your litter. Please do not litter the area with gel sachets, empty bottles or food wrappings etc.  We are committed to improving our environmental practices each year which includes reducing levels of packaging, printed materials and use of plastic.
PUNCTURES Please ensure you can change a puncture and bring spare tubes. It may be some time before support can arrive to a spot where a cyclist may have picked up a puncture so please ensure you can change your own wheel or cycle with someone that will assist you to avoid long delays that will impact on your enjoyment of the day.

FINALLY
We hope you have a great day on what we believe is Ireland’s most scenic cycling sportif around set against the backdrop Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Jersey SIZING (for use as a guide at the time of registration)

When selecting your jersey size it is important to consider the following:

Male

  • If you like to wear tighter fitting jersey, Order one the same size as your normal clothing size. As a guideline if you wear a LARGE in a t-shirt then L will be a snug fit on you. (Mens 42″ chest roughly)
  • If you like to wear a looser fitting jersey, Order a size up from your normal clothing size. If you wear a LARGE t-shirt and prefer a looser fit cycling jersey then order XL.

Female

As a guideline a small jersey is a regular comfortable fit for a female who wears size 8-10 in clothes.

The jerseys are unisex