Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon
Arguably the finest castle in the series – Lough Cutra – provides a fitting backdrop for the curtain raiser of the Castle Triathlon Series. The races all kick off with an open-water swim in the lake. The bike routes circumnavigate Lough Cutra itself, with the half Iron distance 'Gauntlet' cycle also taking in the beautiful Burren National Park. A mixed terrain run out into the surrounding area of stunning South Galway to finish.
Individual triathlon distance events from children's races to the middle distance Gauntlet, triathlon relay events from children's races to the Gauntlet, also aquabike, aquathlon and duathlon events at sprint and standard distances. 23/24 May, races on Saturday & Sunday - click on the links to find out more.
Lough Cutra Castle, Gort, Co Galway,
From Dublin: Follow the N6 for Galway. At Loughrea avoid the bypass signposted for Gort, but head straight on into the town. At the end of the town turn left at the Westbridge onto the N66 signposted for Gort. Entering Gort turn left at the T Junction onto the N18. After c. 2 miles there is a small road to the left. Take this and immediately in front of you are the Main Gates to Lough Cutra Castle.
From Shannon: Only 40 minute drive from Shannon airport. Take the N66 northbound for Ennis and Galway. After Ennis continue through Crusheen. After c. 5 miles there is a small car sales forecourt. Take the next right turn onto a small road (c. 0.75 miles) and the main entrance to Lough Cutra Castle is on your right.
All competitors in all races will receive a medal on completion of their race.
Each 1st place winner will also receive a suitably themed trophy, and sponsor’s prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There is a significant prize pot on offer for the Olympic and Gauntlet race distances.
Each weekend will continue the festival theme with live music, a climbing wall, children’s inflatables, yoga and an array of retail outlets and concessions.
Each Castle Triathlon Series race will offer a variety of locally-sourced foods, with a huge variety of refreshments for competitors and spectators alike.
All Castle Triathlon Series races will feature a bumper event village
Competitors’ supporters can gain free entry to this event.
The Castle Triathlon Series is offering camping at all UK and Irish castles (but we don’t supply the tent). If you are a camper with a tent or have a campervan or caravan, take this fantastic opportunity to stay within the spectacular grounds of the Castle at which you are competing.
There will be toilet and showering facilities available at all sites.
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