Cycling FAQs

If you are thinking about taking part and maybe need some extra info before committing to it then please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. How long is it?
  2. What training should I do?
  3. Do I need special Equipment?
  4. What is the Race Pace?
  5. What if I feel unwell or need to stop on the road?
  6. What do I do if I have a problem with my bike or a puncture?
  7. Can I use my iPhone for music or MP3 player whilst cycling?
  8. Is there water or food provided?

  1. How long is it?

    The distance each day is approximately 100kms.

  2. What training should I do?

    A certain amount of training is required in order to complete the route. You would need to be able to cycle at least 35km before resting and be able to do that three times in one day.

    Do not get tied in elaborate training schedules. Just get out on your bike and ride and enjoy it. The more you get out the stronger you will feel yourself getting. Start with a 10km route and do that about three times per week. You will quickly find that this will get easier and you can increrase your distance and intensity.

    Obviously the more training you do for the event the more you will enjoy the weekend.

  3. Do I need special Equipment?

    You need to have a roadworthy bicycle. If it hasn't been used for a while please get it serviced. Go to our friends at Kilgrews Cycle Centre for help! Road bikes are best and it is quite manageable on a hybrid bike. Mountain bikes, though not recommended, have been known be used but you will have to put in a lot more effort!

    A Water Bottle and a puncture repair kit/ maintenance pouch(fit under saddle) are needed too. There will be full mechanical support provided but you should carry and be able to use everything needed to replace a punctured tyre at the least.

    A hard shell cycle helmet is compulsory. You will not be permitted to partipate without one.

  4. What is the Race Pace?

    THIS EVENT IS NOT A RACE!!!!

    The lead car will have instructions to stay 50-100 metres in front of the lead group giving them enough space to go at whatever speed they wish.

    The broom car will have instructions to always stay behind the last cyclist.

    So, whatever pace you're comfortable with there will be a place for you somewhere in between.

    If you find yourself struggling for any reason there will be a sweeper van to pick you up if you fall too far behind. This rarely happens.

    The objective is to enjoy a nice spin without killing yourself!!

     

  5. What if I feel unwell or need to stop on the road?

      There is a broom car at the rear of the pack for anyone feeling the pain and in need of some rest. We also will have an ambulance/medical support.

    If you fall too far behind or need to retire for a while you will be picked up and brought forward by one of the support vehicles.

    No one gets left behind on "The Cork to Galway Cycle".

     

  6. What do I do if I have a problem with my bike or a puncture?

    It is good practice to have at least one spare tube and a small bike toolkit with you in case you need to do running repairs, however we do have support vehicles and mechanics who will endeavour to get you back on the road. Please note you will be required to pay for any parts that may need to be fitted to your bike.

  7. Can I use my iPhone for music or MP3 player whilst cycling?

    Short answer? NO. Using equipment like this when cycling in a group is very dangerous. You will not be able to hear cyclists or vehicles who might be overtaking you and you will also be easily distracted - do not endanger others, obey all stewards and please act responsibly at all times.

  8. Is there water or food provided?

    Yes. There will three rest stops per day where you can avail of water, sports drinks and food. You will have plenty of opportunity to keep the tank full all day.

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