2011 heralds the launch of several new Adventure Races in Ireland, a tangible testament to the massive growth in the popularity of the sport! NewToTri.com spoke with Ian Cumming, Race Director of the Coast to Coast Multisport Race, which is returning again on May 14th & 15th for another weekend of excitment and endurance challenges! Ian was good enough to provide us with some information on their upcoming race, specifically with novice Adventure Racers in mind!
IRELAND – COAST TO COAST MULTISPORT RACE 2011
Traversing the country in a west to east format the route of the 26 Extreme Coast to Coast Multisport Race will pass through unspoilt rural and mountainous locations, through quaint villages and along one of the most famous waterways in Ireland. Over two days, the route will wind its way along 200 miles of the best cycling, paddling and running terrain Ireland has to offer. Competitors will be truly astounded at the scenery and challenge laid down before them in this fantastic event. Starting in Enniscrone, Co Sligo and finishing in Newcastle, Co Down this two day event will present the perfect test of fitness and endurance of all participants. With a bit of mental preparation and considerable physical preparation this event will suit everyone from the newcomer to multi-sport and adventure racing to the seasoned tri-athlete and endurance athlete.
Newcomers to Multisport and AR races:
The Bike Section:
All the cycling in the Coast to Coast race across Ireland will be on roads. The entire bike route will be pre-marked with competitors only having to stop every now and then at split timing points which will also double up as support points. (Road bikes or tri bikes are recommended for this event.)
The Kayaking Section:
The kayak section is long – 27km to be exact and at this distance it’s the longest kayak section in any multisport event in Ireland. If your first time ever in a kayak is at the start of this event you’ll be in trouble, however with a bit of training and a few pointers you should have no problem. There’s no technical kayaking, it’s on flat water in a sheltered inland waterway. Your main focus in section should be to learn an efficient forward stroke and basic kayak safety prior to the event.
East Coast Adventure Centre in Northern Ireland is running specific Coast to Coast kayak training workshops see www.eastcoastadventure.com for more information and contact details.
Kayak Choice: Kayaks are available for hire or you can bring your own. If you are bringing your own and are unsure if it’s suitable, contact 26 Extreme for advice.
The two running sections will be off road. The first running section will be on the beach at Enniscrone. The second running section will be along part of the Mourne Way and Brandy Pad in the Mourne Mountains. Basic navigation will get you through the final section – maps will be provided and 26 Extreme will have several marshals en route to ensure everyone gets home safely.
So, what are you waiting for? – This event is open to everyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to discover.
See www.coasttocoast.ie for further details and how to enter this fantastic event.
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