After a brief run from the beach to your bike the first leg of the cycle course will take you 107km from Enniscrone to Ballinamore to the start of the kayak stage. The link above will detail the exact distance and elevation profile. The 1st bike is largely on great roads and surfaces with not too much climbing. There will be one official support point on the first bike stage around the mid-way point. You will pass through the following towns on the way.
Ballinamore (kayak put in / transition)
At the transition to the kayak stage in Ballinamore you will be met by the 26 Extreme team, Mobile Team Adventure if you have hired kayaks, your support crews or the 26 Extreme support crew.
The kayak stages on largely flat water with the majority in a canal system. There are three lakes with the largest being Garadice near the mid-way point. Garadice in strong winds can be tricky and care should be taken if your considering paddling a K-boat in high winds. Hugging the shoreline is always recommended for paddlers who lack confidence in open water. By far the trickiest parts of the paddle asides from the distance are the three lock gates that need to be portaged (carried around) It’s a proper paddle and its beautiful.
Cut off at this point will be 9pm
After transitioning back onto the bike at Ballyconnell you will pass through the following towns + 150km.
Rostrevor – transition to the mountain run stage in Kilbroney park 30km
Cut off at this point will be 9am
New for 2020 the mountain route will follow the Mourne Way from Rostrevor to Newcastle and will not take in the high Mournes as in previous years. Also new will be the off road nature of the run. In previous years the run has incorporated 2 x road sections. For 2020 these road section have been eliminated making the mountain run entirely off road with the exception of 2 road crossings. The route is as follows:
Start in Kilbroney and follow Mourne way to Rocky Mountain
Climb to saddle at Rocky and descent to Rowan tree river
Continue to the Hen Track and onto Spelga
Cross the road before the Dam and climb Speltha
Descend and cross road a Fofanny Dam
Continue past Dam to Happy Valley
Continue to Sheepfold at Trassey Track
Turn Left and follow Mourne Way to Tollymore Forest
Continue through Tollymore and to Donard Forest
Descend to the finishline in Donard Park