Hardman Olympic – Killarney

1.5k Swim – 40k Bike – 10k Run – September 8, 2018

Now in it’s final year this race is the only fast, flat course on the Hardman circuit. One final blowout before the end of the season. Your last chance to enjoy the beautiful Lakes of Killarney and the National Park at this distance.



Starting from Transition 1 in the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club you will make your way up the road towards the exit. At the exit from the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, you are at a T Junction with the N72. A lane of cones will direct you on to the Cycle path on the left hand side of the N72. Stewards will be present to assist you.

Continue on the N72 to the roundabout at Killorglin. Take the third (3rd) exit on N72 direction Killarney. Please exercise caution at the roundabout. There will be a turn steward or a transponder reader at the roundabout. You must complete the circuit of the roundabout (a slightly raised and white painted bump on the road).

Continue directly to Killarney on the N72 until the roundabout at Ballydowney. This is a large and busy junction. Please exercise caution here. Take the third exit on the roundabout heading in the direction of Killarney and the Cathedral. Just after the junction with New Road you will come to the dismount line where you will cross the road into the transition area. Please take extreme caution here.


Start from Transition 2 at the playing field next to the playground. Run towards the Castlerosse hotel where the marshalls will guide you through the hotel. Run into the Knockreer Demesne the run is across flat parkland and then along the riverbank towards the lake. Follow the lakeshore to Ross Castle. Run on the footpath of Ross Road until Reen Cottage. Re-enter the demesne and continue until you come to the river again. Turn right along the riverbank to the Kings Bridge. Turn left over the bridge and continue on for 30 metres. Turn right and run past the cottage. Before the main gate turn left down the Fossa path coming to the finish area at transition 2 after 200 metres.

KmMilesLocationInstructionRace NotesCheckpoint opens atCheckpoint closes at
0.00.0Transition 1 Killarney Golf and Fishing ClubCycle Course startRiders may not mount their bikes before the start line which is the solid white line of the exit lane from the carpark.09.1010.30
0.20.1Traffic IslandKeep leftRiders must ride on the lefthand side of the traffic island09.1010.30
1.00.6Golf Club drivewayCaution: Speed rampsThere are 5 no. Speed ramps on the driveway the first is between the start line and the traffic island. The ramps are painted bright yellow09.1110.32
1.00.6Golf Club gateCaution: Cattle gridThere is a cattle grid at the gate. A 1.2m wide strip of plywood will be laid on the LHS. A line of cones will lead the riders through the gateway, to the end of the driveway and on to the N7109.1110.32
1.00.6T junctionCaution Turn Left Yield Right of WayThere will be a lane of cones from the junction for 20m to allow riders to merge into traffic. There is a cycle lane onn the LHS of the road. While there will be stewards to assist , you are responsible for your own safety.09.1110.32
6.84.2Beaufort BarStraight Ahead09.2010.46
18.011.250km speed limitStraight Ahead09.3811.14
18.511.5Roundabout Killorglin BridgeCaution: Yield right of Way 1st exit dir. N72 Killarney09.3811.16
19.211.960km speed limitStraight Ahead09.3911.17
30.318.8Beaufort BridgeStraight Ahead09.5711.45
33.220.660km speed limit Fossa10.0111.52
33.620.9Traffic calming Fossa10.0211.53
34.021.1Traffic calming Fossa10.0211.54
34.621.5Golden NuggetStraight Ahead10.0311.56
36.022.4Golf Club entranceStraight Ahead10.0611.59
38.123.7Ballydowney R'aboutCaution: Yield right of Way Take 3rd exit dir. N72 Ring of KillarneyRiders are reminded they are required to ride in accordance with the Irish Rules of the road10.0912.04
39.024.6Dismount lineCaution: cross the road into transition10.1112.08

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the start time?
9am sharp
When/where is sign-on?
Friday: 6-8 at St. Brendans College Saturday: 7-8.15 at T2
Is there 1 or 2 transitions?
There are transition areas. T1 is at the golf club where the swim and cycle start. T2 is in the playing filed beside the public playground on New Road(opposite the Cathedral). Your swim gear will be transported to T2 and will be waiting for you at the finish. You MUST stop at T2 on Saturday morning and leave your run gear there at your bike spot.
When is the race briefing?
8.30am at T1.
What are the cut-off times?
Swim – 9.40 Bike – 11.30 Run – 13.00
Where does the race start?
At Killarney Golf and Fishing club.
Where does the race finish?
In the playing fields at the New Road Killarney, adjacent to the public playground.
When/where is the prize giving?
1.00pm at the finish area.
Do I need a TI license?

Yes. As this is a TI sanctioned race you will either need to produce a full TI license or a one day license. ODLs can be purchased in advance on the TI website. For team entries one member of the team must produce either a full TI license or a ODL.

What time does transition open?


Any points of note?

This is a fast flat course. While most of the run is in the National Park the cycle takes place on public roads which are open to traffic. Hence the rules of the road apply. Please be extra vigilant at the dismount line and obey the stewards.

Water stops

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 an out and back to Killorglin.

Are there toilets?

There are toilets at the start/finish area.

What about parking?

There is ample parking at the start at the golf club and close to the finish at St. Brendan’s College.

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.


There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd both male and female.
1st prize for relay teams.
All prizes provided by McCarthy Cycles, Cork.


Ocean Lava
McCarthy Cycles
Castlerosse Hotel Killarney


Alan Ryan, 33 Hawthorn Avenue, Killarney,
Co Kerry, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)87 625 9892
Email: info@hardmanevents.com