Quest Achill Adventure Race 2016
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- Monday 4th July, 2016
- By Paul
Quest Achill (previously Achill Roar) is an adventure race which takes place on Ireland’s biggest island.
Achill’s landscape provides an idyllic backdrop for adventuring racing with its dramatic mountains, sandy beaches and the rugged wild Atlantic coastline making the spectacle of Quest Achill unique in it’s majesty.
Competitors run over the majestic mountains and along the sandy beaches. They cycle along the rugged routes of the Wild Atlantic Way and kayak on a crystal clear lake.
Over 1000 brave adventurers will come to Achill Island to compete in an adrenalin packed day of adventure to experience the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s not just for the grizzly hard core adventurers as there are 3 different routes, 18km, 31km and 63km. There is a route to suit all levels of fitness.
Still not enough to entice you? Here’s 6 reasons to take part!
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Be part of an epic adventure race on the biggest island of the coast of Ireland and be mesmerised by its stunning cliff tops and natural beauty.
Adventure for everyone
Quest Achill adventure race has a route to suit all levels of fitness which include the mini 18K, Sport 31K and Expert 63K. You can do it!
Be blown away by the scenery
Quest Achill adventure race takes places in some of Ireland most beautiful scenery. Achill’s landscape provides an idyllic backdrop for adventuring racing with its dramatic seascape, sandy beaches and the rugged wild Atlantic coastline.
The Great Escape
It’s a great excuse to plan an exciting weekend away with friends. You can push your body to the limit and compete against your friends. Enjoy the after party and great food and legs willing dance the night away.
Huge sense of achievement
There is a huge sense of achievement when you cross the line covered in dirt, wet socks and an adrenaline pumped body. For most people adventure races are more about finishing the race rather than speed.
Embrace the hospitality of the friendly local islanders and be treated to ceol and craic in the pubs and restaurants.
There will be freebies!
All participants will receive a customised cycling jersey and a customised finisher medal.
Now has that got your appetite whetted? Click here to go to the registration page where you can choose 3 different distances.
Click here if you’d prefer the chance to win your spot and one for a friend plus a €200.00 gift card.
Also, you already know this, but we can give you the best advice on all the kit you need plus tips on training etc, but, if you don’t have the time to come in and visit us, you can watch these short videos made by Quest with advice on shoes, tops, bottoms and bags or read their blog piece below.
Quest Adventure Race Video Tips
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What to wear on race day for a Quest Adventure Race.
We all know the weather can be unpredictable in Ireland, any time of the year. Pack sun cream and bug spray as it’s not uncommon to get 4 seasons in one day! Always wear technical fabric tops, shorts and socks that are breathable and whisk sweat away from your body.
Here is our wardrobe advice for adventure races.
Quest adventure races start early in the morning and the mornings can be chilly in Ireland. Wearing a hat/buff will help keep your core warm. A buff is ideal as it fits easily under your helmet and if you get warm it can be rolled up as a sweat band.
If you are doing the longer routes it is wise to carry a pair of light weight gloves to keep the fingers warm when you are up the top of the mountains.
Wear a long sleeve base layer top. This will pull moisture away from your skin, keeping you from getting too cold or too hot. Carry a lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket. (This is part of the mandatory kit) Check out our full range of technical tops here.
Your decision to wear cycle shorts or running shorts depends on the distance you are doing and the saddle on your bike. Most people can cycle up to 1hr-1hrs 30mins without cycle short. Cycle shorts are difficult to run in as the can cause blisters and chafing. Tri shorts/bib shorts are another alternative. These shorts aren’t as padded as cycling short but provide some cushioning. The biggest mistake people make is to wear cotton underwear, under their cycling shorts which is the main cause of blisters.
The most important gear for adventure racing is footwear. Get a pair of trail shoes that give support, grip, flexible and are light weight. Check out our full range of shoes here.
It’s a good idea to use a compact backpack or bum bag to carry your mandatory kit. The type of bag is a personal choice. See full range of back packs here.
All competitors must carry their mandatory kit on race day. Click here to order you mandatory kit now!!!
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