- 500 metre run
- 23 km cycle
- 1 km Kayak
- 26 km cycle
- 12 km Mountain Run/Hike
- 6.5 km cycle
- 500 meter run
Not for the faint hearted, the Off the Bloom Elite course is intended to challenge the seasoned adventurer. Setting out at the iconic Kinnitty Castle, competitors will sprint to their bikes making their way to Pallas Lake.
Cycle 1st leg
This 22 km route will pass through the historic peatland bogs until you get to Ballyboy village. Try not to be tempted to stop at the famous Dan and Mollys thatched Public house at the corner of the village.
Dan and Molloys is the only remaining traditional thatched Public house in County Offaly and is well worth a visit, but not during your Adventure race.
You will continue on through the hinterland of Erry and through the village of Mountbolus before reaching Pallas Lake.
When you arrive at Pallas Lake, you will rack your bike where the safety crew will hand out buoyancy aids. The Kayak section is a 1Km loop of the lake under the supervision of the water safety crew.
Cycle 2nd leg
This is by far the toughest part of the Elite cycle. The cycle route brings you back through the villages of Mountbolus and Ballyboy.
At Dan and Molloys Pub in Ballyboy, you will take a left hand turn heading for Cadamstown.
Prepare for a long gradually hill climb until you reach Cadamstown.
When you get to Cadamstown, you have a flat 2 km section before you face the ascent of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
This gruelling test of mind and character will challenge you to the limit on one of the oldest mountains ranges in Europe.
Having conquered the Blooms, Competitors will rack their bikes in the transition area locally known as the Lime Kiln. Your 12Km trail run/hike brings you deep into the belly of Glenregan forest and then go off road climbing to the top of the mountain.
Please be advised to wear trail runners. This run is mainly on fireroads, but expect a few surprises enroute.
Cycle 3rd Leg
Once you have completed the demanding 10 km trail run, you arrive back at transition to tackle the last section of the race.
This 6.5 km cycle brings you back down the side of the mountain into Kinnitty village. This part of the race is very technical and will require you to feather your brakes at certain stages.
Please observe the instructions of the marshals and be prepared to stop at the T-junction in Kinnitty Village.
When you arrive back to Kinnitty Village, rack your bike and sprint the final 500 metres to the finishing line, remembering to smile to the waiting Off the Bloom official photographer.