Event FAQ

2022 Event is Now Sold Out
The 2022 event is sold out. We do not operate a waiting list for the event or will be offering any additional places for the event.

2022 Event Information
Please download our event Rider Pack for all you need to know about the day itself. Please click here

One Day Licence – Cycling Ireland Membership

If you registered for the 2020 event as a Cycling Ireland member and you are no longer a member of Cycling Ireland, this means you will need to purchase a One Day Licence or renew your membership in order to take part in the event.
You have two options if you are still planning to take part in the event
1. Renew your Cycling Ireland membership
2. Purchase a Cycling Ireland One Day Licence for €10
Friday 20th May is the close off date.

What to Do:
Log into your Eventmaster account https://eventmaster.ie/login.html

Then go to Buy Additional Purchase and buy a ODL.

No Licence or Cyccling Membership – No particpation in the event.

What happens my registration if I registered for the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara 2020?
As long as you don’t cancel your original registration we automatically transferred your entry to the 2022 event. Cyclists were provided with two opportunities to cancel their place in the event. If cyclists don’t cancel within this time period, their event entry was automatically moved into the 2022 event. After this cancellation window closes you can continue to transfer your entry to another cyclist if it no longer suits you to participate in 2022. We do not offer refunds or transfer your place to 2023 or other ŠKODA Celtic Series events.

Thursday 19th May is the last day for transfers of places between cyclists. See below how to transfer.

Participants can also transfer their tickets themselves within their Eventmaster account without the need to email support@eventmaster.ie.

You just need to log into your Eventmaster account – View the order – Click on Ticket Transfer (enter the details of the Cyclist they are transferring to) and the ticket is transferred.

NOTE: You need to make sure that they enter the name exactly as is on the Cyclists Membership.

Where is my ticket – All cyclists were emailed a copy of their ticket recently to the email they registered on. If you didn’t receive it please check your spam files. You can access your registration by logging onto your eventmaster account using your event entry number.

2022 Event Gillet
Cyclists were provided with the option to order an event gillet when they registered. If you ordered an event gillet, your gillet order will stand and you will receive the 2022 gillet. You will receive the gillet when you sign on for the event.

The design remains the same. The size you ordered is the size you will receive as that is the size we ordered for you. We do not post gillets and cyclists must arrange their own collection on the 27th or 28th May. We do not hold gillets after the event.

What if I missed the cancellation window in 2020 / 2021?
Cyclists were provided with two chances to cancel. After this cancellation window closes you can continue to transfer your entry to another cyclist until 19th May if it no longer suits you to participate in 2022. The cancellation period will not re-open or be extended.

This still must be arranged between cyclists. Cyclists MUST advise eventmaster of change of participant details. (email support at eventmaster.ie to receive the transfer form). If a transfer is made without notifying eventmaster, that entry is considered void and the cyclist is not officially registered for the event or able to access the supports on the day of the event. Unless we have the details of the transfer between cyclists, the person in receipt of the transferred place is not viewed as part of the event and not entitled to the services / supports of the 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 no further deferrals. We facilitate 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.

Please do not attempt to cycle under someone else’s name without transferring through Eventmaster. 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 or registered to receive event supports. This will be strictly enforced this year. If you do not go through the transfer process you are not covered by the event and will not able to access event services. Cyclists must go through the transfer process so the event has the correct details in the case of an emergency. When this refund period is closed we will continue to facilitate the transfer of places among cyclists as we have always done. This still must be arranged between cyclists who MUST advise eventmaster of change of participant details.

If a transfer is made without notifying eventmaster, that entry is considered void and the cyclist is not registered for the event. Unless we have the details of the transfer between cyclists, the person in receipt of the transferred place is not viewed as part of the event and not entitled to the services / supports of the event.

How To Transfer Your Place
You should email support @ eventmaster.ie in order to transfer a place between cyclists.
Please note there are no deferrals to next years event or to another ŠKODA Celtic Series event.

EVENT INSURANCE
If you registered as a Cycling Ireland (CI) member you must hold an up to date membership. If you registered for the event as a CI member and no longer are a member, you must take out a day licence to take part. A Cycling Ireland day license is €10 or else you must renew your Cycling Ireland membership. Unless you are a member of Cycling Ireland or hold a valid day licence you cant participate in the event. If you took out a day licence cover when you registered in 2020, the day licence cover is still valid. If you registered as a CI member and are no longer a member of CI, you must take out a day licence as you are no longer covered.

PREPARING FOR THE 2022 EVENT
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 will be scanned from your phone or if you print out the form.
Your form (on your device or printed) 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.

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 27th May
Galway City – Between 3.30pm and 8.00pm 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 28th 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 materials – Cyclists who purchased an event gillet when they registered will receive them at the event sign on. The gillet size ordered will be the gillet you will receive.
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.
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 the front of your bike – without this bike ID you will not be able to enter the start area or avail or on route services / supports and food stops. (this bike tag will also allow you access to event pictures specific to you. See below)
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.

PRE-PURCHASED GILLETS
Please note if you have pre-purchased an event gillet as part of your registration, these can be collected when you sign on for the event. We do not post out gillets for no shows. If you are not attending the event and have purchased a gillet, it is your responsibility to have it collected on your behalf.

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)

*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.

80km FEED STATIONS:
The feed station for the 80km route is located at the Cashel Community Centre (located at 39km)
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.

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 2022 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.