Welcome to the inaugural Clonbur Off Road Duathlon – Rule The Woods, a very unique event to Ireland! We are so lucky to have such a natural resource available to stage the event. Please keep in mind that Clonbur Woods are part of the Joyce Country & Western Lakes Geopark – more information on this can be found on Geological Survey
We are operating a LEAVE NO TRACE policy, any participant found in breach of this will be immediately disqualified from the race and will be directed straight back to the transition area.
The Route to Rule The Woods!
The race starts with a 4.5KM trail run beginning from the car park of Clonbur GAA Grounds. You will exit the rear gate, turn left and follow the Boat House Road towards the Graveyard Entrance to Clonbur Woods, from here you will follow the fire road trail in a large loop which brings you back out onto the Boat House road. From here it is a quick dash back to the GAA Grounds for Transition 1.
Start, Finish and Transition Areas:
Run 1 Map
Transition 1 is located just inside the rear entrance, important to note:
- 1st Helmet on
- 2nd Un-rack your bike
- 3rd Walk to Mount Line
- 4th Mount your bike as guided by the marshal
Bike route (11.5KM) – takes you out the front gate of the GAA Ground onto the R300. IMPORTANT SAFEY NOTICE – this is a blind exit onto a busy road and will be heavily marshalled, please obey all instructions of the marshals and An Garda Síochána for your own safety.
You will travel for 1.5KM on the R300 towards Clonbur Village where you will take a left-hand turn, downhill section and then a sharp left hand turn to bring you into Clonbur Woods. IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE – This initial 1.5KM section in on an open public road, please obey all rules of the road for your own safety.
Once in the woods you will follow the signs and marshals to bring you on fire roads towards Ballykine Castle and onto the recently created trails, eventfully looping you back around by the splendour of Lough Mask – no time for sight-seeing, keep on cycling! You exit the Woods at a now familiar spot – Graveyard Entrance – time to flush out the legs along the Boat House road and back into Transition 2.
Transition 2 is located just inside the rear entrance, important to note:
- 1st Dismount as instructed by the marshals
- 2nd Walk to Transition Area
- 3rd Rack your bike
- 4th Take off your helmet
Run 2 (3.8KM) – nearly there, last leg of the race! The final run is back out the rear gate, turn left and follow the Boat House Road towards the entrance to Big Island. From here you will follow the fire road trail in a loop around Big Island which brings you back out onto the Boat House road. From here it is a short dash back to the GAA Grounds and that all important sprint to the finish line!!!