What is the Polka Dot Cycle challenge?
This leisure cycle has 2 distances (60K and 82K) to suit all abilities. It’s set over a rolling course taking in most of the picturesque parts of Mayo and Connemara. The bike sections are all on sealed rural roads, but bring a spare tube and pump in case of a puncture as you need to be self sufficient. Remember to fit at least one water bottle to your bike as it’s important to take on fluids.
Both routes start in Cornmarket, Balinrobe, Co. Mayo. There will be a Feedstop at Paddy's Bar Tourmakeady which is Half Way on both events and a Post-Ride BBQ in Inches Bar Main St. Ballinrobe
What type of bike do you need ?
Safety first; you should ensure that the bike is properly serviced, with working brakes; you want to feel safe and confident on your bike.
You must OBEY the rules of the road at all times as the race will be held on open roads.
(The good news is they are quite)
Wearing of a helmet is compulsory while cycling; it can be left with the bike at the transition areas while on the running sections.
Bike choices in terms of Speed:
• A road bike (racer) would be fastest choice.
• Hybrid with straight handlebars would be next
• A mountain bike with slick tyres would be slower.
• A mountain bike with knobbly tyres would be slowest of all.
Bike mandatory kit.
Allen key set (optional)
Where are the water/ Food stops?
The water and light snacks stop will be at Paddy’s Bar Tourmackeady (which is half way) BBQ post cycle in Fitzpatricks Bar (Inches) Ballinrobe. REMEMBER KEEP THE TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE CLEAN!!!
Will the event go ahead if there is bad weather?
If the situation arrives that we are unlucky enough to get weather that may be dangerous to participants, the organizers may have to make a decision to shorten or take out certain sections of the course, and this will only be decided on the morning of the event.
Please obey the event organization at all times, these may include, Order Of Malta, Red Cross, Gardai, Volunteers and all race personal. On the bike cycle obey Cycling Ireland rules and the RSA Rules of the Road.
Strictly No IPods or Headphones; If you wear either you will be disqualified on the spot, safety is a huge priority and failing to here instruction or the sound of on coming traffic can cause serious accidents to you, fellow participant and to the general public.
What time is Registration
The registration location at Ballinrobe Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine road will be open on Saturday from 8-9am.
REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A RACE AND NO PRIZES FOR FIRST ACROSS THE LINE.
What time is the Start Proper ?
The event will start proper at 9.30am the long route and 10am the short route.
Finally enjoy the Event