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Quest 12/24 is a one-day individual unsupported adventure race across Ireland’s highest mountains and the
toughest cycle routes in the South West, along the Wild Atlantic Way.  Quest 12/24 is for those who wish to test their physical and mental toughness to overcome everything that the Wild Atlantic Way could throw at them.

The routes were designed to be challenging and inspiring as a real test of endurance for any outdoor enthusiast along the Wild Atlantic Way. With two routes 147km and 241km, we’ll take you to the edge of your physical ability.

The Quest Adventure Series has put together routes that are both challenging and inspiring with rugged landscape and breathtaking scenery. Both routes encompasses two of Ireland’s highest mountains, gruelling climbs on the bike and a windswept
kayak with the backdrop of Skellig Michael

There are 2 different routes:

  • 12 Hours – 147km
  • 24 Hours – 241km

Precautions
Competitors undertake Quest 12/24 at their own risk.

Please familiarise yourself with the route maps, race briefing document and the areas on the route where care must be taken. Please observe warning signs, race stewards advice and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race.

*All routes are subject to change, statutory approval and license agreements.

All routes are subject to final permissions from statutory bodies and are subject to change

The 147km route consists of the following 6 stages: The route has been devised to bring you to places you have never been before, both physically and mentally. It encompasses two of Ireland’s highest mountains, gruelling climbs on the bike and a windswept kayak with the backdrop of Skellig Michael.

Stage 1: Cycle – 38km

Description: Starting after a mass start from the picturesque village of Sneem in South West Kerry, the first stage is a 38km road bike.

  • Start: Sneem Hotel – Quest Base Camp
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrantoohill, Lough AcooseDistance: 38km Cycle
  • Distance: 38km CycleRoad Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the roadBike Type: Road Bike
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Ballaghbeama, Ring of Kerry Route

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

 

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 13.8km

Description: A journey to the top of Ireland via two of its highest peaks, Caher and Carrauntoohil. Run/walk a fully marshalled route to a checkpoint at the summit of Carrauntoohil before returning to your bike.

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough AcooseDistance: 13.8km Mountain Run
  • Distance: 13.8km Mountain RunSurface: Mixture
  • Surface: Mixture between mountain trail, ridge trail and stone trail
  • Safety: Qualified marshals will be on hand all the way along this stage up to summit to ensure your safety. Fully marked with arrows.
 

Stage 3: Cycle – 40km

Description: You will proceed to cycle from the transition along Ireland’s toughest climbs Ballagisheen Pass and into Waterville on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club Kayak Transition
  • Distance: 40km Cycle
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road.
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Ballaghisheen Pass

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

 

Stage 4: Kayak – 7.7km

Description: 7.7km Kayak around the tranquil Lough Currane in Waterville. Paddle around the many islands in this large inland lake.

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Distance: 7.7km Kayak
  • Equipment: Double sit on top kayak with backrest, paddle and buoyancy aid all provided. Each participant will kayak on their own in a double sit-on-top kayak. For environmental sensitivity reasons, participants are not allowed to bring their own kayaks.
  • Safety: We will provide safety boats on the water to ensure you don’t go off track and ensure your safety at all times.
 

Stage 5: Cycle – 15km

Description: Hugging the Wild Atlantic Way, you will cycle on the Ring of Kerry route to transition T3 in Derrynane.

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition.
  • Finish: Transition 3: Derrynane
  • Distance: 15km Cycle
  • Surface: Sealed roads, suitable for a road bike

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

 

Stage 6: Trail Run – 22.5km

Description: The sting in the tail for the ultimate endurance test. A 22.5km trail run along the Kerry Way, a waymarked trail from Waterville to the finish in Sneem.

  • Start: Transition 3: Derrynane
  • Finish: Sneem Hotel
  • Distance: 22.5km Trail Run
  • Surface: Mixture between mountain trail, forest trail, gravel farm roads and secondary road surfaces.
  • Safety: The trails will be fully marked with arrows and marshals at checkpoints and key junctions.
 

CHECKPOINTS & TIMING Each participant will be given a GPS tracker which will track their progress around the prescribed route. Participants will have to check in at certain points along the route highlighted on route maps

All routes are subject to final permissions from statutory bodies and are subject to change

The 241km route consists of the following 5 stages: The route has been devised to bring you to places you have never been before, both physically and mentally. It encompasses two of Ireland’s highest mountains, gruelling climbs on the bike and a windswept kayak with the backdrop of Skellig Michael.

Stage 1: Cycle – 75km

Description: Starting in the picturesque village of Sneem in South West Kerry, the first stage is a 75km road bike.

  • Start: Sneem Hotel – Quest Base Camp
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrantoohill, Lough Acoose
  • Distance: 75km Cycle
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Molls Gap, Lough Brin, Ballaghbeama

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

 

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 13.8km
Description: A journey to the top of Ireland via two of its highest peaks, Caher and Carrauntoohil. Run/walk a fully marshalled route to a checkpoint at the summit of Carrauntoohil before returning to your bike.

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough AcooseDistance: 13.8km Mountain Run
  • Distance: 13.8km Mountain RunSurface: Mixture
  • Surface: Mixture between mountain trail, ridge trail and stone trail
  • Safety: Qualified marshals will be on hand all the way along this stage up to summit to ensure your safety. Fully marked with arrows.
 

Stage 3: Cycle – 98km
Description: 98km road bike through some of Ireland’s toughest climbs. Cycle around Valentia Island, Ballinskelligs Ring
overlooking Skellig Rock.

  • Start: Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club Kayak Transition
  • Distance: 98km Cycle
  • Road Surface: Sealed roads, some sections will have grass in the middle of the road.
  • Bike Type: Road Bike
  • Climbs: Molls Gap, Lough Brin, Ballaghisheen Pass, Coomanaspic

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

 

Stage 4: Kayak – 11km
Description: 11km Kayak around the tranquil Lough Currane in Waterville. Paddle around the many islands in this
large inland lake.

 

 

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Finish: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition
  • Distance: 11km Kayak
  • Equipment: Double sit on top kayak with backrest, paddle and buoyancy aid all provided. Each participant will kayak on their own in a double sit-on-top kayak. For environmental sensitivity reasons, participants are not allowed to bring their own kayaks.
  • Safety: We will provide safety boats on the water to ensure you don’t go off track and ensure your safety at all times.
 

Stage 5: Trail Run – 44km
Description: The sting in the tail for the ultimate endurance test. A 44km trail run along the Kerry Way, a waymarked trail
from Waterville to the finish in Sneem.

  • Start: Transition 2: Waterville GAA club kayak transition.
  • Finish: Finish Sneem Hotel
  • Distance: 44km Trail Run
  • Surface: Mixture between mountain trail, forest trail, gravel farms road and secondary road surface.
  • Safety: The trails will be fully marked with arrows and marshals at checkpoints and key junctions.
CHECKPOINTS & TIMING
Each participant will be given a GPS tracker which will track their progress around the prescribed route.
Participants will have to check in at certain points along the route highlighted on route maps

 

Race Date Price Deposit First Payment Second Payment
Quest 12 25th Aug €225 €100 by
31st January 2018
€125 by
1st Apr 2018
Quest 24 25th Aug €375 €100 by
31st January 2018
€125 by
28th Feb 2018
€150 by
1st Apr 2018

 

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