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Continental National Series 2020 Announcement

dsa It’s good news Friday!!!! We are delighted to announce the recommencement of the 2020 Continental National Adventure Race Series!!! Little did we think when we crossed the finish line at Quest Kenmare on 7th March that 118 days later we still would not have toed the start line at another race!!! It’s been [...]

By | 2020-07-03T10:30:36+01:00 July 3rd, 2020|Categories: National Adventure Race Series|0 Comments

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By | 2020-05-21T21:54:24+01:00 May 21st, 2020|Categories: Shop|Tags: , |0 Comments

Strava…There are changes on the horizon

Well all good things... For the avid Strava fans out there, you will probably have seen an email land in your inbox over the last 24 hours or so. There are changes afoot with what features those on the free subscription can use. You will no longer be able to use the compare segments section [...]

By | 2020-05-19T11:04:09+01:00 May 19th, 2020|Categories: Equipment, Training|Tags: |0 Comments

To Zwift or Not to Zwift…That is the Question!

We recently ran a poll on our Facebook page to see how many of you were on Zwift. Results indicated that about 30% who replied were using it. A lower figure that actually surprised us due to the sudden hype around it and growth in global numbers. There has been a massive spike in numbers [...]

By | 2020-05-04T14:03:11+01:00 May 4th, 2020|Categories: Cycling, Virtual Racing|Tags: , |1 Comment

Go Virtual Adventure Racing!

As we have all seen, a lot of our staple adventure races are getting cancelled or postponed to a later date due to the Corona virus. Are you left with that empty feeling? The longing for the challenge. The trails. The bike. The craic. The comradery. Even with the latest guidelines Leo & co have [...]

Virtual Cycle in Support of TheGreenWave.ie

As a show of solidarity for our frontline workers and our commitment to #stayathome direction we are getting behind The Green Wave and the great work they are doing. They are providing social and emotional support to those fighting this battle in the trenches and working with small coffee shops and local businesses to bring [...]

By | 2020-04-02T17:04:18+01:00 April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Updates, Cycling, Event news|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Event Updates

With everything going on with this fun spoiling Covid-19, events are dropping faster than me with mid race cramp. But it's a necessary precaution as the health and safety of competitors, friends and family nationwide will always take precedence over the events. We will be working along with event organizers nationwide to keep you abreast [...]

By | 2020-03-23T17:15:34+00:00 March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 Updates, Event news|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Run Alone!

With all that is going on and races being cancelled/postponed left, right and center, all our best laid plans, training schedules have been thrown out the window...right? Well not necessarily... It's a strange title for a blog but it's something that may be a foreign concept to a lot of people out there. Like every [...]

By | 2020-05-07T10:20:10+01:00 March 20th, 2020|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Continental National Aventure Race Series Form Guide: Quest Kenmare

The excitement has been building and finally the 2020 Continental National Adventure Race Series kicks off this weekend at Quest Kenmare! We are delighted to have Continental Tyres Ireland as the title series sponsor for 2020 and there are some fantastic prizes on offer again this year, Adidas trail runners, bike tyres, BestDrive vouchers…and of [...]

Bike Theft – Secure your Strava

We have all seen/heard of the recent rise in bike theft from homes, workplaces and more scarily out on your favorite routes. This has been largely put down to the bad guys becoming tech savvy and using the tools we use everyday training to follow our movements. Technology like Strava. Did you know, if you [...]

By | 2020-02-08T11:42:29+00:00 February 8th, 2020|Categories: Cycling|Tags: , |0 Comments

Art O’Neill Challenge 2020 – Review Video

We headed to Dublin Castle to take on the Art O'Neill Challenge in aid of Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team. The AON is a 53km(ish) self-navigated foot race from Dublin Castle through the Dublin/Wicklow mountains to Baravore Car Park in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow, Ireland that starts at midnight. Dave & Greg and 198 other nutters took [...]

By | 2020-01-29T08:29:03+00:00 January 28th, 2020|Categories: Race Reports, Videos|Tags: , |0 Comments

Time to MTB

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll no doubt have seen our mountain bike escapades at some point. If you haven’t, go check it out, our pics are awesome Mountain biking takes you to some pretty epic places and the views can be breathtaking. Now before anyone else says it, I’m the first to admit that [...]

By | 2020-01-24T13:30:30+00:00 January 24th, 2020|Categories: Cycling, MTB|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Triathlon to Adventure Racing…all you need to know

So maybe you are a triathlete and wondered what was all this adventure racing malarkey about. Is it the same as triathlon and what do I need to make the transition, even just to try it out. Main Differences In no particular order, the disciplines. On the surface of it, they are quite similar, you [...]

By | 2020-03-09T13:34:29+00:00 January 14th, 2020|Categories: Triathlon|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stop That Runny Nose!

EIR - Exercise Induced Rhinitis Do you suffer from a continuous runny nose every time you go out for a run or spin on the bike. No matter how much Vitamin C you pump into yourself, it just won't stop. In 2019, I was in the middle of the second cycle of Quest Killarney (Expert route). [...]

By | 2020-01-15T18:51:08+00:00 January 14th, 2020|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 Review

Back in February we were delighted to share the exciting announcement that premium tyre manufacturer Continental had agreed to be title partner of the Irish National Adventure Race Series in conjunction with Series founders Multisport Adventure Ireland and promotion partner Kayathlon. This was a huge boost for our sport and there were brilliant prizes up for [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Shane Herlihy & Caroline O’Rourke

Our next people to go under the spotlight are a husband & wife team. They show that having a can do attitude, nothing is beyond the realms of possibility. Oh and they have some awesome kids too! We got chatting to Shane and Caroline at Quest Killarney, and already knowing most of their backstory, [...]

By | 2020-01-05T10:22:09+00:00 January 5th, 2020|Categories: Spotlight, Yoga/Pilates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ollie Kirwan – From the Race Directors Chair

We are accustomed to looking at events from the participants point of view, we do ‘competitor spotlight’ feature, we look at the experience they had doing the event, the moments that have brought them to this point, what impact the event may have had on their life, reasons why they choose this sport etc.... So [...]

By | 2020-01-03T12:26:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Our XMAS Bumper Special is Now Out!

Our Christmas Bumper Issue is now available. In an action packed edition, we have another wedged issue with articles including The Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 in review… Competitor Spotlight: Shane Hurlihy & Caroline O’Rourke Ollie Kirwan: An insight from the Race Directors chair Gadgets, Gear & more: We checked out the latest gear to [...]

By | 2019-12-20T17:31:42+00:00 December 20th, 2019|Categories: Magazine|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

There aren’t too many people out there who look at Irelands toughest Adventure Race (The Race in Donegal – 250km of running, cycling and kayaking in 24hrs) and think “I wonder if I ask nicely will they let me do 2 back to back loops of the course”…It takes a certain type of athlete/gobshite to [...]

By | 2019-12-18T16:58:11+00:00 December 18th, 2019|Categories: Race Reports, Spotlight|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 Awards

Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019 The 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series winners were officially presented with their trophies by Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland at a presentation hosted by Series sponsors Continental Tyres Ireland, MultiSport Adventure Ireland and Kayathlon. Huge congratulations to the winners, it was a brilliant year of racing, the [...]

By | 2019-11-19T13:57:42+00:00 November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Continental National Aventure Race Series Form Guide: Sea 2 Summit

It’s looking like cold and wintry conditions as we head to Westport Sea2Summit for the last Expert and Sport races of the 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series. This is probably the most difficult race to predict for a variety of reasons….With 2,700 people talking part and being sold out for months there are a [...]

Continental National Adverture Race Series Update – Round 8

We traveled south to Skibbereen for the second last event in the 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series and after a sunny days racing the final tables are starting to take shape?...we are in for a serious day of adventure racing in 9th Nov in Westport at the final race Sea 2 Summit! In the [...]

National Series Form Guide: SCAR: Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race

Adventure Racers are heading to the southern coast this weekend for the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race SCAR to battle it out in the penultimate event for both Expert and Sport categories in the 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series. Expert While the expert series title was settled when Shane Scully recorded his 5th [...]

How Exercise Can Help Beat Depression!

Unfortunately, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 in Ireland and the UK. In the UK alone, 100 men take their lives every week with young males three times more likely than women to commit suicide. And it’s a growing problem to men in their 40s. But thankfully now, what [...]

National Series Form Guide: Quest Killarney

We are off to the Kingdom of Kerry with 2,000 fellow adventure racers for Quest Killarney, the last event in the Quest Adventure Race Calendar. Sport In the women’s sport series so far we have had 6 different winners so every point counts in the remaining 3 events! Niamh Garvey has lead from [...]

Gear Review: Road ID App – Safety First

With the day light hours getting shorter and the night’s drawing in, we shift our attention towards training and more importantly training safety. If, like us here at Kayathlon, you like to head off into the trails to catch some miles, some peace and some quiet, then you are more than likely going to be [...]

By | 2019-10-03T14:47:41+01:00 October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Equipment, Tips & Tricks|Tags: |0 Comments

Yoga for Athletes – Part III

In a previous issue, we examined Tree Pose and all its magical benefits-one of these being that of enhanced focus and balance, using what is referred to in yoga as, ‘drishti’ or point of focus. This is where we fix our gaze on a stationary point, be it an object, an extended finger tip, our [...]

By | 2019-09-30T20:50:39+01:00 September 30th, 2019|Categories: Injury Prevention, magazine extract, Yoga/Pilates|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Preview: Tuff Inish Adventure Race

Back now for another year, we see the 12 hour/ 132km Donegal race taking competitors again to the edge of their physical and mental abilities. This is what experienced adventure racer, Andrew Wallace told us before the his first outing last year... Quest Killarney would be my biggest race any year so this will be [...]

By | 2019-09-27T14:10:07+01:00 September 27th, 2019|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Continental National Adverture Race Series Update – Round 6

?Continental National Adventure Race Series update ? After a mighty day racing at the inaugural Quest Lough Derg the Continental National Adventure Race Series points tables are starting to take shape. Six events are now completed and athletes chasing points now have just 3 events left in all categories, Quest Killarney, SCAR Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race [...]

By | 2019-09-25T22:01:38+01:00 September 25th, 2019|Categories: National Adventure Race Series|Tags: , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Quest Lough Derg

We are off to Killaloe and Ballina for Quest Lough Derg, the newest event in the Quest Calendar and a new challenge for 1,500 adventure racers! Sport The sport route in Lough Derg will provide some unique challenges for our regular Sport contenders, at 57km is one of the longest sport courses but [...]

Tyres: The All You Need to Know Guide

For any Adventure Racer one of the most important things you use is your bike…and one of the most important components of your bike is the tyres. Tyres are your only, and very small, contact with road. It’s important to have a stable and predictable tyre in all conditions especially in Adventure Racing where the conditions [...]

By | 2019-09-07T09:19:50+01:00 September 7th, 2019|Categories: Cycling, Equipment, magazine extract|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Importance of….Bike Fitting

Can I have a show of hands please. I include myself in this by the way. You go and buy a brand-new shiny bike. You wash it more than your first-born child. You make sure the chain is pumped and the tyres oiled to the nth degree. It looks fast. You look fast. But are you [...]

By | 2019-09-16T11:54:10+01:00 September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cycling, Equipment|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gear Review: Hydration Packs – Osprey Duro 6

Hydration pack. A vital component in every endurance athletes arsenal. Especially as we are now in the middle of a relative heatwave. Keeping on top of this, will keep you trucking for longer. But it's not as easy as it sounds. Finding the right equipment apart from the hydration formula can be an absolute minefield. We [...]

By | 2019-09-07T10:05:30+01:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Equipment, magazine extract|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Boyne Adventure Race ’19 by David Lowe

2019 is the first year that I haven’t played GAA in over 20 years and to say I was at a loose end was an under-statement!! I had it in my mind at the start of the year to go running, what or where I was not sure but I decided I would target a [...]

By | 2019-09-04T10:21:16+01:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Quest 12

Go back 12 months...I cross the line. I have done it. I'm bo!!oxed but I'm buzzing. 13hrs 10 mins. I didn't make the 12 hours but zero fups are given. The high lasts for weeks on end. But slowly it begins to eat away at me. I need to get under the 12. That was [...]

By | 2019-09-07T09:26:38+01:00 September 1st, 2019|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Luke McMullan

So what can we say about our next racer to go under the spotlight. Although relatively new to the sport, his racing record is about as roller coaster as you can possibly get. Wins, DNF's, DQ's, stories of unheralded selflessness. It's all in there. Ladies and Gents, we give you Luke McMullan... SPOTLIGHT TIME WHERE [...]

By | 2019-09-07T09:48:17+01:00 August 26th, 2019|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Off The Bloom ’19

A 7:30 am start from Waterford had me arriving in Kinnity around 9:30 for a second crack at the Off The Bloom (Elite) race. Last year the race had been a last minute decision, after myself and my good friend/fellow racer Ian O’Connell decided that it was too long to wait for a race between [...]

Race Preview – Boyne Adventure Race ’19

This Saturday marks the return of the Boyne Adventure Race for its 3rd instalment. With two distances, 35k Battle and 50k Warrior, to choose from this year, not to be cliché, there really is something for everyone. Don’t be fooled by the relatively flat ground surrounding Trim, Co. Meath, the race organizers have done a cracking [...]

By | 2019-09-03T22:58:09+01:00 August 22nd, 2019|Categories: National Adventure Race Series, Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Competition Time: Win 1 of 2 Entries to the Quest Lough Derg Adventure Race

Forget Electric Picnic tickets or All Ireland tickets...we have the hottest tickets there has ever been since Willy Wonka announced his factory tour!!!!! We have got our hands on 2...yes 2...exclusive entries to the newest and most eagerly awaited event on the Adventure Racing calendar - Quest Ireland Lough Derg.  Sold out for weeks, we want to give [...]

Quest 12/24 – Essential Advice for Newbies

The Do's and Dont's The bigger the challenge the greater the reward! In 2018 Quest 12.24 was everything they said it would be and more, they even delivered the weather. There was sweat, tears and thankfully not too much blood as the inaugural event took Adventure Racers from Sneem to the top Carrauntoohil, to [...]

By | 2019-08-20T20:01:23+01:00 August 19th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract, Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Off The Bloom

It’s back!!! We’ve had an 8 week break since the last Continental National Adventure Race Series Expert event at Gaelforce West back in June but its unlikely many of the Expert Series contenders have been resting too much over the summer. A quick look through the start list shows the majority of the main contenders [...]

Race Report: King of Greystones Triathlon

It was that time of the year again, where I literally take the plunge into the world of triathlon. The King of Greystones Charity Triathlon (try-a-tri) to be exact. Roll back 15 months or so, I decided after a glass or 2 too many of vino to sign up for the race. What's so crazy [...]

The Cavan Kayakarun – 10 Years On!

Community Is Everything Community is an important thing, it gives us our identity and helps define who we are. It gives us something to be proud about and it helps shape what we do. In Maudabawn, Co. Cavan 10 years ago in May 2010, a group of friends were having a pint and as [...]

Race Report – Race2Glory ’19 (Sport)

The call was made late on the eve of the race on the back of a long couple of weeks hard training and racing. The body was tired and sore but the word on the racing circuit was the Race2Glory was a unique event and the lure was too much to resist. Plenty of time [...]

National Series Form Guide: Race2Glory

Race 2 Glory - Kiltimagh - It’s the 5th race in the Continental National Adventure Race Sport series, we’ve reached the halfway point and it’s getting serious now and every point gained is vital! The 40k course is designed by Padraig Marrey (who was part of the gallant band of 11 warriors who each made [...]

Yoga for Athletes – Part II

As far as yoga poses go, this beauty is highly underrated. To many the most obvious benefit from tree pose is balance, but there are so many hidden gems that lie within, that can be particularly benefit the adventure athlete. All forms of yoga are beneficial to the athlete. 1. BALANCE When people fall out [...]

Dot Watching

Dot Watching...For those looking on from outside the circle, the entertainment value cannot be described or quantified. Watching a red dot jux position, intermittently around a map, for hours on end. I mean, what is there not to love about this edge of the seat entertainment! So what exactly is "Dot Watching". This is a term [...]

By | 2019-07-12T22:24:49+01:00 July 12th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract|Tags: , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Gaelforce West

We’ve just had an epic day of racing at the Dingle Adventure Race 2 weeks ago but there’s no rest for the competitors in the Expert Category of the Continental National Adventure Race series as this weekend sees the return of Gaelforce West to the series. The weather gods look to be smiling and it should [...]

Into the West with Gaelforce

The conversation usually goes like this, being asked for the millionth time..... Everybody: “Oh you do triathlons?” Me: “No, I can’t swim....I do adventure races (cue puzzled looks)...running, cycling and kayaking, it’s off-road stuff, usually a mountain involved....” Everybody: “Oh like Gaelforce!!” Me: “Yes....they’re the ones”... So 2019 sees the welcome return of Gaelforce [...]

By | 2019-06-19T09:59:50+01:00 June 11th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract, Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Dingle Adventure Race

The Continental National Adventure Race series heads to Dingle. After the epic event at WAAR in Donegal a few weeks ago we move to the other end of the country, south to the kingdom of Kerry and then to west Kerry for the Dingle Adventure Race. Expert In the women’s expert category Ellen Vitting [...]

Competition Time: Win a Pair of Entries to the Dingle Adventure Race

It’s shaping up for an awesome weekend in Dingle in 2 weeks time as we head to stunning West Kerry for the next event in the Continental National Adventure Race Series - Dingle Adventure Race. We have a pair of entries up for grabs for this legendary race on June 8th. Entering could not be easier. [...]

Exclusive Viewer Discount: Adventure Foods from Team-Alpha.ie

Every now and again, we stumble across something different and that we could use in our outdoor adventures . While Adventure Racing is our primary outlet and what we mostly do...we can also be found spending days out hiking in the Mournes, the Wicklow Mountains, the Maamturks, The Reeks, Comeraghs...actually, you could find us anywhere!!! We’ve [...]

National Series Form Guide: WAAR.ie

An epic battle is on the cards as the Continental National Adventure Race series heads to WAAR in the beautiful Donegal this weekend! The first of the new events in the NARS 2019 sees over 600 adventure racers head to west Donegal for the Wild Atlantic Adventure Race where they will run on what’s been [...]

Yoga for Athletes – Part I

As adventure racers we are conditioned to moving non stop from discipline to discipline, from biking to kayaking, hill running to paddle boarding. An inherent advantage of multi-sporting is that we tend to utilize and tap into a lot more muscle groups than many other single discipline sports. We work into the various anatomical planes, [...]

Win a Pair of Tickets to the Blackstairs Adventure Race + Race Preview

Now Competition Time! Head over to our Facebook page and follow the easy on screen instructions and you could win a pair of entries. Race Preview (Extracted from Kayathlon Spring '18 Magazine) The Blackstairs Adventure Race - Sunday May 5th 2019. 3 steps, 5 steps, 7 steps. This what they call the [...]

By | 2019-05-10T16:18:47+01:00 April 30th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time, Race Previews|Tags: |0 Comments

May Bank Holiday Weekend Race Preview

The event calendar shifts into overdrive this May with 8 races to tickle the fancy. On the Bank holiday weekend alone, there are 4. Gaelforce Connemara, TEAR 12/24, Avantcard Blueway AR & the ever popular Blackstairs AR. Killary Gaelforce Connemara returns for its 10th year. 10 years. It says it all about this legendary day that [...]

Competition Time: Win a Pair of Entries to the WAAR.ie

The awesome folk at WAAR.ie have given us a Pair of Entries to give away for the upcoming race on 11th May in Donegal to celebrate joining the Continental National Adventure Race Series(Sport category). One of the best upcoming races of the calendar, this event is not to be missed...   To Enter, pop over to [...]

By | 2019-04-24T14:56:00+01:00 April 24th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Quest Glendalough ’19 (Sport)

Glendalough, like for so many others, it's where it all began for me. It was here back in 2016 when an out of shape ex GAA player first cut his teeth into Adventure Racing not realizing what would happen next. It had been 6 months to the day since I last raced and that was [...]

Competition Winner – Continental Adidas Terrex Trail Runners.

WINNER WINNER!!! We got entries by the bucket load but unfortunately we could only pick one tagged photo. Congratulations AllycatKinsella, you have just won an awesome pair of Adidas Terrex trail runners with premium Continental Outsole Grip. They will be sure to help you cross many more finish lines. Your photo really reflects the [...]

By | 2019-04-16T13:53:53+01:00 April 16th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Quest Glendalough ’19 (Expert)

On the face of it the 59km Expert course doesn’t seem overly daunting, there are longer courses out there on the Adventure Racing calendar, but don’t be fooled, this is one of the toughest course you will take on...8 cramp inducing stages, 1,000m of climbing over 40k cycling, 800m elevation gain on 4 quad burning [...]

National Series Form Guide: Quest Glendalough

After a wild wet and windy opening event in Quest Kenmare the second round of the Continental National Adventure Race Series rolls in to Quest Glendalough....and hopefully the weather gods will be smiling down on us Expert In the women’s Expert, it’s round 2 head to head between Laura O’Driscoll and Ellen Vitting....hard [...]

ITERA Expedition Race – A Highland Journey in the Making

ITERA EXPEDITION RACE SCOTLAND 2019 Teams from all over the world will arrive in Inverness in August for the ITERA, an extraordinary 5 day non-stop expedition adventure race. Trekking, kayaking, climbing, canyoning and mountain biking through the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands is the main attraction of course, and so is the reputation and sports [...]

By | 2019-03-14T13:20:53+00:00 March 14th, 2019|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beat the Post Race Blues

This is a piece I wrote about beating that post Ultra race blues. But let's face it, you don't have to have completed an Ultra to the get the lows of post race come downs! It can happen to anyone after completing any distance. Hopefully this will set you straight :) ======= You have completed your [...]

By | 2019-03-07T11:21:53+00:00 March 7th, 2019|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Quest Kenmare Photos Now Up on Facebook

Hi guys, Just a quick one to let you know the photos from Quest Kenmare have just been posted on our Facebook page. Pop over and see if you can find you yourself :)  

By | 2019-05-08T13:43:50+01:00 March 4th, 2019|Categories: Facebook Announcement|Tags: , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Quest Kenmare

Adventure Racing season officially gets underway this weekend in Kerry as Quest Kenmare plays host to the opening round of the Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019. With Continental Tyres as the title sponsor for this year there are some super prizes up for grabs at the end of the season and also along the [...]

30 Commonly Used Phrases in Adventure Racing

30 Commonly Used Buzz Words in Adventure Racing If you are a first timer to Adventure Racing, you might be wondering what the hell everyone was spouting on about. Well get ahead of them and drop a few of these beauties into your next AR related conversation...transition seamless ;) Barkley - A course that [...]

By | 2019-02-18T22:53:34+00:00 February 18th, 2019|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Continental Tyres to Become Title Partner of the Irish National Adventure Race Series

Newsflash!!!! We are delighted to share the exciting announcement that premium tyre manufacturer Continental Tyres has agreed to be title partner of the Irish National Adventure Race Series in conjunction with Series founders Multisport Adventure Ireland and promotion partner Kayathlon. The National Adventure Race Series enables the recognition of the phenomenal athletes who take part [...]

The Accidental Yogi by Laura O’Driscoll

Before Christmas, I noticed a new fitness class designed for Athletes being announced on Bookface which made perfect sense and I was surprised I hadn't heard of anything like it before. It was a yoga class designed to build strength and flexibility along with all the other good things you get through Yoga. These are key [...]

Opportunity…when one door closes…

Opportunity noun - "a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something". Last October, whilst training for my season finale, I busted the ligaments in my ankle out on the Trails. Busted them pretty bad. For the first two or three weeks i was laid up, foot in a space boot elevated [...]

We Need Your Vote!!!

We are delighted to be shortlisted in the Outsider Magazine Awards 2018 for 2 awards. Most Devoted to the Outdoor Scene (professional) & The Audience Choice award. The latter being a public vote. We work tirelessly here at Kayathlon HQ to bring you everything you need to go (or take up ?) adventure racing. We strive to keep you [...]

The Invisible Racer

The big day beckons. You begin to zone in at the task on the horizon. You taper. You watch what you eat. You start to get more sleep. You make sure your kit is ready. You make sure nutrition is boxed off. Your bike gets a quick service. Your transport and accommodation is sorted. You have [...]

By | 2019-01-22T17:42:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Motivation|0 Comments

Adventure Racing Workshop – Bikefit Physio

Are you new to Adventure Racing or looking to brush up on your skills? If so, check out John Phelan - The Bikefit Physio. He is running a limited spot workshop this coming January. John Phelan BSc MSc MISCP, PS, it’s a non-alcoholic beer! John hails from Dungarvan and is making a [...]

By | 2018-12-18T10:56:20+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

Documentary of the Month: Dan Whitehead

Back in mid October, whilst training for Sea2Summit, I injured myself on the trails and as a result was sofa bound. Before long boredom soon overtook me. I was climbing the walls. I hate sitting around. So I did what every self respecting injured outdoor enthusiast would do and scoured Netflix/Youtube in search of some [...]

By | 2018-12-10T15:34:59+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Categories: Documentary of the Month|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Competition Time: Win 2 Entries to Killary Gaelforce Dublin

It's competition time again. Kayathlon have teamed up with Killary Gaelforce to give away 2 entries to the award winning Gaelforce Dublin on March 23rd. We want to celebrate you, your adventures and 2018 in all its glory. So to enter, simply go to our Facebook page, post a picture of your favorite race memory from [...]

By | 2018-12-05T17:46:05+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

GB ULTRAS SNOWDON 100 MILES – By Marcus Pletts

The devil whispered, 'you cannot withstand the storm' to which the warrior replied 'I am the storm'. I have been waiting my whole life for an ultra like this. Brutal, tough, unforgiving. This is my perfect battleground. After a DNF in the Jurassic Coast 100, I knew I would have to do some serious training for [...]

By | 2018-12-05T11:32:42+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

50 thoughts that go through every first time adventure racers head

So you have done the training, cut back on the chocolate, and convinced yourself to turn up for that leap of faith...Your first Adventure Race. What you are about to feel next is normal and you will most likely be able to relate to the vast majority of thoughts listed below. Give yourself a point [...]

By | 2018-12-03T13:31:55+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Race Report: Sea2Summit by Maria Fahy

Sea2Summit saw 2,700 sign up to take on Croagh Patrick and all Westport could throw at them. One of these brave souls was Westport Hotel Groups very own Maria Fahy who decided to take her first steps into Adventure Racing. Let's see how she got on. Maria's Report I started a beginners running group with [...]

By | 2018-11-14T19:00:45+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

David Gillick – Back on Track

I recently heard an interview with David on 2FM and it really hit home with me. The manner in which he spoke. Not like your normal cliche filled bulls&*t interviews that we are subjected to but to the honesty and down-to-earthness of it. Our paths crossed a few weeks later and we got chatting and [...]

By | 2019-01-30T15:10:04+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Categories: Book Review, Nutrition|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Form Guide: National Adventure Race Series – Sea2Summit

In the Expert category the womens title has been settled but Laura O’Driscoll will be looking to finish the season on a win and it’s hard to see past her taking the top spot here on the Supreme course. Leading the charge of challengers will likely be Lorraine Horan, Siobhan Murtagh and Sonia Knox. Local [...]

By | 2018-11-07T10:00:36+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Categories: Form Guide|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Sea2Summit

All roads lead to Westport on the 10th November. Year after year, this event is sold out months in advance and it's not as if the amount of allowed race entrants is low. Almost 2,500 competitors jump at the opportunity to take part in the event. The atmosphere is something special. The weather the days [...]

By | 2018-11-06T16:05:07+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , |0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – November Issue

Our November Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have another wedged issue with articles including Race Previews: The season finale Sea2Summit Readers Race Review: David Power looks back at Quest Killarney Competitor Spotlight: Marie Buicke tells us all about her love of Adventure Racing. How it started and why she keeps [...]

The Form Guide: National Adventure Race Series – SCAR.IE

Adventure Racers are heading to the southern coast this weekend for the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race SCAR to battle it out in the penultimate event for both Expert and Sport categories in the 2018 National Adventure Race Series. With titles still on the line and more importantly scores to be settled and previous bests to [...]

By | 2018-10-19T10:18:45+01:00 October 19th, 2018|Categories: Form Guide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – SCAR ‘ 18

The fifth annual Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race takes place this year on Saturday, October 20th and looks set to be the biggest yet with up to 600 competitors taking part. We took time out to talk to Sean Mahon, Race Director and member of Skibbereen Lions Club about why SCAR is a little different to most adventure [...]

By | 2019-01-30T15:13:44+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The Inside Track – Tuff-Inish ’18

Starting at 7am Saturday 13th October brings a brand new and exciting 12 hour adventure race. Tuff Inish is a 132k race around the scenic Inishowen area of North Donegal. We spoke to Andrew Wallace about the upcoming race. This event is also the perfect “stepping stone” for The RACE 2019, same sequence, halved distances [...]

By | 2018-10-11T23:14:55+01:00 October 11th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Report: Quest Killarney & Mangerton

So a couple of issues back, I posted an article on the 10 toughest mountains to be found on the adventure racing calendar. The list itself, was hotly debated over a few post race libations. The list was compiled in reference to races completed by those who took part in the discussion. However, there was [...]

Gaelforce North Race Report by Jane Merrigan

Gaelforce North  - My end of season race by Jane Merrigan It was the final race of the season for me, to complete the trio of medals that had enticed me all year, and it would be my longest distance race this year.  Training had been spot on, and up to this point, I [...]

By | 2018-10-04T12:14:16+01:00 October 4th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Form Guide: National Adventure Race Series

The National Adventure Race Series rolls in to Quest Killarney this weekend and we have a look ahead to how we think things might go! In the Expert category the ladies series looks to be wrapped up with Laura O’Driscoll on maximum points with 4 wins from 5 starts...the on form racer at the moment [...]

By | 2018-10-02T11:45:57+01:00 October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Form Guide|Tags: |0 Comments

The Inside Track: Gaelforce North

Killary Gaelforce are back with yet another no holds barred race in the stunning wilds of Donegal. Donegal has begun to challenge Kerry’s crown as the Adventure Racing capital of Ireland with new races popping up and established races growing in popularity. On 22nd September, the formidable Gaelforce returns to North West Donegal to [...]

By | 2018-09-18T14:30:33+01:00 September 18th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Race Nutrition

We have all seen sometime, somewhere the heroic footage of Alistar Brownlee carrying his brother Johnny across the line, after he hitting the proverbial wall. This was partly due to running out of fuel and not getting the balance right. It can happen at all levels. Hopefully what we have outlined below will help you [...]

By | 2018-09-17T20:42:00+01:00 September 17th, 2018|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , |1 Comment

Competitor Spotlight – Matt Casey

Our next competitor to go under the spotlight has an amazing backstory. Matt Casey shows us that having a "Because We Can" attitude, anything is possible. Read his inspiring story from one crash too many to podium. SPOTLIGHT TIME THE FORMALITIES: Matt Casey. Age 49. Husband to Trish. Dad to four girls. Adventure Racer. WHERE [...]

By | 2018-09-15T22:40:03+01:00 September 15th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Report: Quest 12.24

The scene was set. The months of prep were done. Nutrition was dialed in. It was time. Time to step up to the next level. Quest Adventure Series had announced back in 2017 that they were upping the ante. There were calls from the more seasoned adventure racer that they wanted something bigger, tougher, harder. [...]

By | 2018-09-12T13:25:07+01:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Competition Time: Win a box of yummy nutritional LiveYPB bars

It's competition time...again. Win a box of LiveYPB bars. To enter simply go to our facebook page and submit a photo of you in Adventure Race action or training for your next outing. Also the winning photo will make the cover of next months magazine! Make sure to follow/like our page too ;) https://www.facebook.com/kayathlonireland/photos/a.1389602721052918/2093348920678291/?type=3&theater [...]

By | 2018-09-13T15:37:56+01:00 September 10th, 2018|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: |0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – September Issue

Our September Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have another wedged issue with articles includingRace Previews: Quest Achill, Gaelforce North, FearmanaghQuest 12.24 - A test like no other: We took on Quests first ever Ultra down in the Kingdom and boy it did not disappointRace Nutrition: How to properly fuel during an [...]

Fear of the Unknown: Pre race nerves

Let me set the scene... It's the night before the biggest race of my life. I'm racing twice the distance that I'm used to racing in a couple of hours. My first Ultra. Reality has kicked in. I'm lying in bed freaking out. The range of emotions and thoughts going through me would make your [...]

By | 2018-09-12T13:33:43+01:00 September 6th, 2018|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Inside Track – Quest 12.24

It was Autumn of 2017 and rumours began to trickle through that something big was coming from the Quest Adventure ranks. Naturally social media and whatsapp groups began to fill with questions and speculations of what it could be. THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT When the details were released, the battle hardened jumped to attention and it started. [...]

By | 2018-08-23T15:39:48+01:00 August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

7 Ways to Ensure a Good Nights Kip the Night Before A Race

So, are you one of the many, who gets so wound up the night before a race, that sleep just isn't an option. Check out these 7 methods of getting you race ready. Do not overthink it! OK, show of hands how many of us have been lying in bed into the early hours, [...]

By | 2018-08-22T16:56:39+01:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Preview: Off The Bloom

An updated new course, Pallas Lake & Slieve Bloom. All this and more with the 'Off The Bloom Adventure Race' back for a second serving. We spoke to Race Co Director Jonathan O'Meara about what to expect, what has changed since last year and what it means to the local community. All roads [...]

By | 2018-08-16T16:35:18+01:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

THE STEP UP – FROM CHALLENGE TO SPORT DISTANCE

Like the thousands before you, you have tried this Adventure Racing lark and you caught the bug. Only thing is now you want to up the ante and move to the middle distance but haven't a clue where to start! well...read on! We constantly get questions about the different aspects of adventure racing and one of [...]

By | 2019-09-27T20:57:02+01:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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