Event FAQ

The 2024 ŠKODA Tour de Conamara is now sold out.

EVENT DETAILS.
Date: Saturday 25th May 2024
Host Town: Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway.

Distance: 140km or 80km
Time: 2024 Cycle Starts at 9.30 am for 140km route and 10.30 am for the 80km

Event Registration Fee: €55 plus booking and banking fees.
Cyclists who are not members of Cycling Ireland must take out a one day licence to participate. The cost of a one day leisure licence is €20. If you are a member of Cycling Ireland you are covered by your annual CI meembership.

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2024 EVENT JERSEY
Cyclists had the option to order an event jersey when they register. If you still want to add a jersey to your registration for €20 simply login to your eventmaster account and add the purchase before the 31st January. You will receive the jersey at the event sign on event.

REFUNDS / TRANSFER OF ENTRIES
As stated as part of the event registration process and in the event terms and conditions there are no refunds or further deferrals are issued for the event.
We facilitate the transfer of places between cyclists up to the 30th April. 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. Please do not attempt to cycle under someone else’s name without transferring through Eventmaster.

PREPARING FOR THE 2024 EVENT
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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 will be scanned from your phone or if you print out the form.

BIKE PREPARATION NOTICE
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. You can expect time delays as mechanics make their way to you in the case of a mechanical.

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 (*Final details to be confirmed)
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 24th May
Galway City – Between 4.30pm and 8.30pm at Monaghan’s ŠKODA 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 25th 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.

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)

*Please note Cyclists on the 140km will not be able to access the 80km feed station which caters for the numbers registered on the 80km event. Please support our event marshals by not trying to access feed stations that are not created for your cycle.

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.

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 2024 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) Vegan and Vegetarian options will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants should be aware that event photography will be taken throughout the route and used in social media and event promotion.

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.

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 sportive around set against the backdrop Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way.