The Estuary Challenge, which will take place for the eighth time on Saturday 8th June 2019, has a choice of three cycles. The 100 km route, known as the Estuary 100, brings riders from Shannon Gaels GAA pitch in Labasheeda westwards to Carrigaholt before returning to Shannon Gaels GAA Pitch along the Shannon Estuary, passing through Knock, Killimer, Cappa, Kilrush, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Doonbeg, Cree, and Kilmurry McMahon. The longest route is 130km and is known as the Estuary Loop the Loop and runs along the same route as the Estuary 100 with an additional spin to Loop Head from Carrigaholt.
There is also a more leisurely 50km cycle, known as the Estuary 50, for the less adventurous. This route also starts and finishes at Shannon Gaels GAA Pitch, while passing through Knock, Killimer, Cappa, Kilrush, Cooraclare and Kilmurry McMahon. All the cycle routes can be viewed on the Cycle Routes page where there are links to mapmyride.com.
You can register on the morning of the cycle at Shannon Gaels GAA pitch from 8.30am. Online registration for the cycle will open early in the new year.
The Cycle Routes
There will be a food stop approximately half way through the route of the Estuary 100 cycle at Carrigaholt (47km). Cyclists will be provided with fruit, sandwiches and confectionary at this stop. There will also be water stations at Cappa (23 km) and Cree (80km).
On the Estuary 50, there will be a food stop at Cooraclare (30km) and a water station at Cappa (23km). There will also be refreshments at the end of the cycles at Shannon Gaels GAA Pitch.
There will be shower and changing facilities provided at Shannon Gaels clubhouse at the start/finish point.