Gaelforce Night Sportif

Leenane, Co Galway

Organiser's Description

Cycle by moonlight through the deep silence of Connemara - 100km, 60km and 34km distances. This is not a race but a journey, although it is timed. Starting just before sunset you will cycle into the darkness. This is the perfect landscape for night cycling. The darkness is complete and unpolluted but the full moon and the stars will help light your way.

You will start from Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co Galway. Your route is entirely on sealed roads and will pass through huge valleys, alongside shimmering lakes and jagged coastline. Refreshment stops will be provided along the way.

If you need a reason then there are plenty – to prove you can, to feel alive, to get away, to get back, for peace and quiet, to think, to let go, to celebrate. There are so many, you only need one.

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Special Event Buff

A fully marked route

Route timing

Refreshment stops along the route

Post-event hot food, water, fruit, tea & coffee.

Registration, start line and finish line are all located at Killary Adventure Centre, Leenane, Co Galway.

BY CAR: Killary Adventure Centre is situated on the southern shores of Killary Harbour, 5km from the village of Leenane, Co. Galway on the N59.


OSI MAP LOCATION: Our location co-ordinates on the Ordance Survey Ireland maps are L838 614

BY BUS OR TRAIN: Public transport is limited in this area but we can advise you on the best way to travel if you would like to contact us on 095 43411 or email Alternatively you can check any of the following websites for more details: for trains to Galway and Westport. for buses to Westport, Galway and Clifden (via Leenane). for buses to Letterfrack (20kms from Killary)

BY AIR: Killary Adventure Co. is 100kms from Knock Airport and 150km from Shannon Airport.

There is ample parking at the venue.


  • Bike light with minimum 600 lumen light output
  • Rear light - flashing red
  • Spare light and battery - This is VERY IMPORTANT for your personal safety as you CANNOT cycle at night without a light.
  • Reflective Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Spare tube and tools to change
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Mobile Phone

8 May

18.00: Race numbers available from the Killary Gaelforce website only

9 May

17:00 - 18:30: Registration at Killary Adventure Centre

18:45: Event briefing for the 100km and 68km events at the start line

19:00: 100km Start Time

19.15: 68km Start Time

19.25: Event briefing for the 34km event at the start line

19.40: 34km Start time

21.30: Sky Road loop cut off time for 100km

23.00: Letterfrack cut off time for 100km wishing to complete the Tullycross loop

00.15: Course closes for all distances

Can I get a refund?

No, entry fees are non-refundable so do make sure that you can commit to both the event and the training before you enter one of our events.

Can I transfer my entry?

No, entry fees are non-transferable to either other years or other events.

What is Gaelforce’s environmental policy?

Gaelforce aims to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation. We work with our competitors to implement our strong environmental protection policy and values at each of our events.

Do Gaelforce hire bicycles for any event?

No Gaelforce does not hire bicycles. However we may be able to advise you on bike hire in the local area of the race, so do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.

Do you need to be able to navigate for any of the Gaelforce events?

No, it is not necessary to be able to navigate for any of our events, however we do encourage participants to read the course descriptions and study the course maps so that they are familiar with the course layout and what lies ahead.

Are all events timed?

Yes all events are timed.

Is water provided along the courses?

Yes water is provided along all of the courses (apart from the Swim!) and is usually to be found at the transition areas. However you must bring along your own water vessel (bottle, platypus, etc).

All turns will be marked by signage and/or marshals. Rule of thumb - if you are cycling along a road do not deviate from this road unless directed by signage or marshals.

You will have a contact phone number on your bib which you should call in the case of an emergency.

A broom wagon will follow at the very back of the cycle.

Changing facilities are available at Killary Adventure Centre and a limited number of showers

You must be 16 years of age on the day of the race to enter

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