Be under no illusions, this is a tough route. One of the main obstacles to overcome, apart from the course itself, is the prospect of cramping due to the number of transitions. 7 in total. Advice would be to make sure you are well hydrated throughout, taking on plenty of electrolytes.
Stage 1: Cycle 6k
This opening stage is a gradual 6k climb up to the first transition on good roads. About 250m assent in total.
Stage 2: Run 6k
Here you will dismount and hit the trails, through the forestry and up to the highest point on the course, made up of fireroad and rough track. From there its pretty much back downhill around the outside of the forestry to the bikes. The first 2 stages are the same as the first 2 in the sport route.
Stage 3: Cycle 13k
Warning: The 2-3k is a steep descent where caution is advised. Especially if you are not experienced in race situations. Please try be aware that some cyclists will be going a lot faster. Stay left of the road if possible. At the end of the descent there is a sharp turn so heed the warnings signs and race officials.
You will then climb up the highest cycle part of the race (450m). You will then descend to Aughavanagh before turning left to the Brown Mountain and next transitions
From there its beautiful rolling hills all the way into transition.
You may encounter one or two steep climbs. Advice here is save your batteries and dismount.
Stage 4: Run 5k
At transition in Barnaslew, you head up forest trail to near the Ballinagappoge bridge and then up the highest point of the course at 667m at the summit of Craoghanmoira Mountain. The descent will be a mixture of rocky and rough track. Caution is advised.
Stage 5: Cycle 18k
Once back on the bike, its an 18k trek back to the next transitions. You will encounter beautiful rolling hills.
Stage 6: Run 6k
This trail run is the same as the sport route with a mix of fireroad and stone path.
Stage 6: Kayak 1k
You will receive all your kayaking equipment here and be paired up with another competitor.
Stage 6: Run 2k
A short run on fire road back to the hotel and finish line.