Why the Celtic Knot?
This event is ideal for experienced cyclists looking for a long distance challenge. With a moderate elevation profile, it will also appeal to riders looking to step up to a multi-day event. Although its a challenge in its own right, it's also good experience for events such as Paris-Brest-Paris and London-Edinburgh-London.
Will I be able for this?
Ideally, you would do a 24-hour event like the Easter Fleche, or a 400/600km brevet, to build up stamina. A full SR series beforehand will also prepare you well. Failing that, a few long rides back to back would be a good idea. Alternatively, with some kms in the legs, you could sign up and hope for the best. There are no qualifying rides for this event but long distance experience and training will make it doable.
With a time limit of 75 hrs, a popular strategy is to break it up into three parts, one for each day, to make it more manageable.
For example, starting at 6:00 am and working with a group could see you finish the first section between 10:30 pm and 2:00 am Friday night/Saturday morning. Then you'll be up at 5:00 am and out at 6:00 am on a similar distance on Saturday, leaving you with 300 km to complete in roughly 24 hours on Sunday to Monday morning. Seasoned Randonneurs might prefer to tackle it all in one go.
What does self supported mean?
It means that you are responsible for completing the course provided by the Organisers, for feeding yourself while out on the route, for obtaining proof of passage at unmanned controls and for looking after any maintenance that your bike may require during the event.
How do I enter?
Entries for 2019 are now closed.
Do I need a special bike?
Not particularly. Please note, however, that this is a long ride on Irish roads and there will be some sections that are rough. These will be marked on the route sheet. It is effectively a handful of 300 km + rides back to back, which means you should be able to do it on a racing bike. Quite a few completed in 2015 / 2016 /2017 on fixed gear/racers/carbon wheels/aero frames. Traditional audax bikes which tend to include steel frames, clearance for wider tires, mechanical gears and brakes, full length mudguards, SPD pedals, hub dynamo front wheels, Brooks & Rolls saddles, are usually preferred. In any case, good lights for rural unlit roads are essential and we strongly recommend hub dynamos for long audax events.
What is included in the Fee?
- Official entry to the event.
- 4 nights and 3 days accommodation at the center.
- All meals, snacks and drinks at the center.
The ACP 1000 km medal will be available for an extra €5 once the ride has been homologated
Can I arrange my own accommodation and still participate?
This is not possible. In addition to limited capacity of 40 for accommodation, there is also a cap on the amount of people that the event venue can manage from a H&S point of view. 40 is the maximum rider limit.
Can I get a refund?
There will be no refunds. If a rider can provide another participant to take his/her place we can facilitate this, or if there is someone on the reserve list waiting for a cancellation we can also facilitate this. This is a small not for profit event and every part of the entry fee goes to the running of the event. If people drop out and expect a refund, it puts the event in jeopardy for everyone else.
To facilitate stronger commitment on the roster, we have delayed the entry opening date until March. Consequently, riders will be in a better position to know if they can participate., at that point.
I have some more questions, what do I do?
You can use the contact section or the email link on top left to submit any further questions. We also operate a facebook page with regular engagement from the randonneuring community, also on the top left of the page.