Hardman Olympic Dingle
1.5k Swim – 40k Bike – 10k Run – September 14, 2019
This new race showcases the best of Dingle and Slea Head. A beautiful swim in Ventry Harbour is followed by a cycle around Slea Head and a run among the hills behind Ventry, before finishing with a 10k run through the hills, with the last 1.5km along stunning Ventry beach.
Description: starting on the beach in Ventry you will swim straight out to the first buoy where you will turn left keeping the buoy on your left shoulder. You swim then to the second buoy where you again turn left keeping the buoy on your left shoulder. You then swim straight to shore where you exit the water, follow the chute over the timing mat then re-enter the water and swim one more lap of the same route. On exiting the water the second time you will make your way to the transition area.
Description: Upon leaving transition you shall turn left onto the world famous Slea Head route. This route will take you through some of the most stunning scenery Ireland has to offer, along the coast, looking down the cliffs, past stunning beaches, movie sets and through mythical villages with unpronouncable names. Enjoy the ride, this is as good as it gets. As you get closer to Dingle you will turn right and cycle the last few kilometres back to Ventry where you will turn left into transition before beginning your run.
Description: When you leave transition onto the main road you will turn right for 250metres where you will turn left at Quinn’s pub and up the hill. At the top of the hill you will again turn left and continue along the narrow country roads for approximately 8kms until you pass the local graveyard and again emerge onto Ventry beach along which you will run the final 1.5kms along the sand to finish this amazing race. Well done!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the start time?
When/where is sign on?
The community centre in Ventry, 200m from the race start. From 8am to 10.30am on the day.
What will I get at sign on?
Your timing chip, race numbers, swim hat, t-shirt, ticket for the barbecue later.
Will I get a t-shirt and medal?
You will get a t-shirt when you signon but you must be there to collect. You will get a medal only when you finish.
Is there parking?
At the community centre. There is absolutely no parking on the road leading to the beach.
Is there a bag drop?
You may leave any bags you need afterwards in the hospitality tent at the finish area.
When is the race briefing?
2.30pm in the transition/finish area.
What are the cutoff times?
Where does the race start?
On the sand at Ventry beach.
Where does the race finish?
On the sand at Ventry beach.
When/where is the prize giving?
4.00pm in Quinn’s pub in Ventry, 250m from the race start/finish. There will be a barbeque here from 7.00pm for which you will have a ticket.
Do I need a TI license?
No. We now carry our own event insurance so a TI license is not a requirement.
What time does transition open?
Any points of note?
As you are all aware this is an incredibly stunning cycle route. Even though we are using it later in the day please be aware that there will be other traffic on the road. You will also pass through a couple of villages, Dunquin at approx. 16kms and Ballyferriter at 21kms, on the cycle where life will continue as normal, almost as if there was no triathlon. We will have stewards here to remind you to take care but it is your responsibility to ensure that you watch out for traffic in the villages.
There will be a water station at transition that you can avail of after both the swim and the bike. There will also be a water stop on the run at approximately 5.5kms.
How will we follow the cycle route?
The cycle route is one circuit of the world famous Slea Head route. Once you turn left out of transition you will follow this route all the way. When coming back onto the main road after approx 33kms there will be a right turn but this will be well marshalled. We will have stewards on any areas of doubt and will also have red arrows on a white background pointing you in the right direction. Please read the attached route description and look at the mapmyride map on the site. Remember that the roads are open and that it is your own responsibility to know the route.
There are toilets at the start/finish area in the car park.
There is ample parking at the Ventry community centre 200 metres from the race venue. There is no parking at the beach car park/start/finish area. This is non-negotiable. If you can do the distance you can make it to the carpark.
What happens at the finish line?
There is an athlete’s area where you can chill and relax. There will be tea, coffee, water, bananas, brack, sandwiches and chocolate here.
What’s happening that night?
Following on from the prizegiving there will be live music in Quinn’s pub late into the night. Ventry is famous for its hospitality and atmosphere and staying around is highly recommended. Race Hard Play Hard!