The Cork Triathlon Club will be taking on a section of the proposed Ironman cycle route on Saturday, 24 November. The proposed, official full Ironman route is a two-lap 180km cycle taking in most of East Cork and that route includes, of course, two hard climbs up Youghal’s steep Windmill Hill.
The Cork Triathlon Club plan is to sample the route, starting in Midleton and heading for Youghal to take on the mighty incline of Windmill Hill. The hill will be a major highlight of the Ironman competition due to take place in Youghal on Sunday, 19 June 2019. Those involved in the facilitation and organisation of the Ironman competition, as well as those taking on the hill next Saturday, are keen to get some help in the form of spectator’s cheers as they make their way up.
The group will be leaving Midleton at 9.30am Saturday morning and taking in some of the route by Dungourney and Mount Uniacke. They should be coming face to face with Windmill Hill at around 11 am. To get a small idea and a sense of what the main competition will be like, why not head for the hill and watch the spectacle?!
Speaking with Kieran Kennedy from Cork Triathlon Club, he said, “20 of our members have signed up to compete in Ironman Youghal next year. It’s going to be great for the area and we’re looking forward to getting a taster of what’s to come along the route.”
On the day of the Ironman competition itself, competitors must complete a 3.8km swim at Claycastle beach before the 180km cycle – each of these phases must be completed within the allotted time frame. Any competitor not making the grade at certain points along the way, is pulled from the competition. All that, and still a 42.2km run to finish!
It’s going to be an amazing event and centre stage spotlight for Youghal and East Cork.