Hardman Sprint – Valentia Island
750m Swim – 20k Cycle – 5k Run – June 15, 2019
The swim will begin from Renard pier. All competitors will travel to Renard on the Valentia Island Ferry, and swim back to Valentia Harbour.
The cycle leaves transition with a tough climb for the first four kms before cycling across the top of the island, at the far end of the island there is a sweeping left turn with views of the Skellig to your right, from here passing the top of the Portmagee bridge continue to Chapeltown before taking the lower road to the transition area at Knightstown.
The run is an out and back leaving transition and following the cycle route for 2.5km before turning around and running back downhill towards the finish at the Royal Hotel.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the start time?
When/where is sign on?
The Royal Hotel, Knightstown. Saturday morning from 12pm-2.45pm.
When is the race briefing?
3.15pm in front of the Royal Hotel.
How do we get to Renard point?
The Valentia Island ferry will start carrying contestants from approximately 3.30pm.
When/where is the prizegiving?
7pm in the main bar or beer garden of the Royal hotel, depending on the weather.
What are the cutoff times?
Swim – 4.35pm
Bike – 5.45pm
Run – 6.30pm
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?
12pm-3pm. All bikes must be racked ready by 3pm. No bikes may be taken from transition after the race before 5.50pm.
What about parking?
On the lower road as you approach the transition area there are plenty of spaces. There are also some areas off the village which do not interfere with the race route. There will be marshalls on site to guide you.
What will I receive at registration?
Your timing chip, numbers, swim hat, safety pins and your t-shirt.
Do I get a t-shirt and medal?
Yes you will get a t-shirt at registration on the morning. These are only for those who turn up on the day. You will get a medal only when you finish.
What happens when I finish?
You will receive your medal when you cross the line. Then you proceed to the athletes area where you can avail of refreshments such as water, coke, chocolate, jellies, bananas and of course the BBQ.
Is there anything happening that night?
Yes this is where the Race Hard Play Hard kicks in. Valentia is famous for its late nights and parties. There will be a band and dj in the hotel that night and always a great atmosphere. It is well worth staying the night for.