FAQ’s

When does registration open
Registration opened on January 1st 2022. The event registration fee is €50 plus booking fees.

The first 1,000 cyclists to register received a free long sleeve jersey when registration opened. We have now reached this number and cyclists have the option to purchase a jersey for €15.

Please note that Cyclists who are not members of Cycling Ireland must take out a one day licence to participate.

What happens my registration if I registered for the ŠKODA Ring of Clare 2020
As long as you don’t cancel your original registration we automatically transferred your entry to the 2022 event. Cyclists were provided with two opportunities to cancel their place in the event. If cyclists don’t cancel within this time period, their event entry was automatically moved into the 2022 event. If you didn’t cancel your original registration you also receive the event jersey.

After this cancellation window closes you can continue to transfer your entry to another cyclist if it no longer suits you to participate in 2022.

Event Jersey – 2022
Registration for the 2022 event will also include a free long sleeve cycling jersey with their entry. The size ordered at registration is what cyclists will receive.

We have now reached the first 1,000 event registrations so from this point on cyclists have the option to order an event jersey when they register. You simply add the jersey to your registration for €15. You will receive the receive at the event sign on event.
If you registered for the 2020 and didn’t cancel you will receive a free jersey as you are part of the first 1,000 to sign up for the event. The design remains the same.

Take a look at the jersey sizing chart

What if I missed the cancellation window in 2020 / 2021
Cyclists were provided with two chances to cancel. After this cancellation window closes you can continue to transfer your entry to another cyclist if it no longer suits you to participate in 2022. The cancellation period will not re-open or be extended.
This still must be arranged between cyclists. Cyclists MUST advise eventmaster of change of participant details. (email support at eventmaster.ie to receive the transfer form).

If a transfer is made without notifying eventmaster, that entry is considered void and the cyclist is not officially registered for the event or able to access the supports on the day of the event. Unless we have the details of the transfer between cyclists, the person in receipt of the transferred place is not viewed as part of the event and not entitled to the services / supports of the event.

REFUNDS / TRANSFER OF ENTRIES
As stated as part of the event registration process and in the event terms and conditions there are no refunds or further deferrals are issued for the event.

We facilitate the transfer of places between cyclists up to ten days before the event. We do not operate a waiting list so it is up to the cyclists to arrange for another cyclist to take his / her slot if they are transferring their place.
Please do not attempt to cycle under someone else’s name without transferring through Eventmaster.
If a cyclist takes a transfer place and does not go through the proper transfer process they will not be entitled to take part in the event or registered to receive event supports. This will be strictly enforced this year. If you do not go through the transfer process you are not covered by the event and will not able to access event services. Cyclists must go through the transfer process so the event has the correct details in the case of an emergency.

This still must be arranged between cyclists who MUST advise eventmaster of change of participant details. If a transfer is made without notifying eventmaster, that entry is considered void and the cyclist is not registered for the event. Unless we have the details of the transfer between cyclists, the person in receipt of the transferred place is not viewed as part of the event and not entitled to the services / supports of the event.

HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR PLACE
You should email support @ eventmaster.ie in order to transfer a place between cyclists.
Please note there are no deferrals to next years event or to another ŠKODA Celtic Series event.

EVENT START TIMES
• The 160km cycle starts at 9.00 am
• The 120km cycle starts at 9.30 am
• Both cycles start from Clarecastle GAA Club.
• If you are cycling in the 120km event please do not enter the start area with your bike until the 160km cyclists depart at 9.00am.

EVENT SIGN ON

There will be three options for participants to sign on for the event.
The Night Before – Friday 15th July
Ennis – Between 4.30pm and 8.30pm at Al Hayes SKODA garage on the Gort Road, Ennis.
The Day of the Event. Saturday 16th July
Event sign on starts at 7.30am on the morning of the event. The event office is located beside the clubhouse of Clarecastle GAA.

EVENT VENUE
This ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle will be hosted at the grounds of Clarecastle GAA club. The grounds are located on the Limerick side of Ennis [turn left at the Maxol roundabout as you enter Ennis from the M18.
The event venue will have onsite car parking accessible before the event, changing and shower facilities.

PREPARATION IS KEY
The majority of technical issues / bike failures happen in the first 20-30km of most events. This is because cyclists do not check their bikes or pump their tyres. Avoid the hassle of a mechanical issue by getting your bike looked at or simply pumping your tyres. Don’t forget to bring spare tubes on the day.

EVENT IDENTIFICATION
When you sign on for the ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle you will receive your event identification
1. Bike Event ID – to be attached to the front of your handlebars – without this bike ID you will not be able to enter the start area or avail or on route services / supports and food stops.

CAR PARKING
There is a dedicated event Car Park on the grounds of Clarecastle GAA. Please arrive early to avoid getting delayed in traffic accessing the venue.

ENTRY TO THE CAR PARK SITE IS CLOSED AT 8.40AM SO ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DELAYS

Please do not park on Church grounds in Clarecastle or residential and commercial areas in Ennis. Please respect the residents of Clarecastle, Ennis and commercial premises in the town.

EVENT SAFETY
NB: The ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.
• Cycling on the route is maximum of two a breast.
• The event is a sportive and not a race and you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
• Your will receive an event map and key safety details at event sign on.
• The routes selected for the ŠKODA Ring of Clare are generally quiet roads but you will encounter some main road junctions where you must be extra cautious particularly entering and exiting towns such as Kilkee and Kilrush. Please be aware of traffic on all roads.
• ŠKODA marked directional signs will be placed throughout the route and marshals will be evident throughout the route. Please remember marshals are only there to assist. You must check for oncoming traffic at all junctions.
• All participants will be provided with an emergency contact number in the case of an emergency on the route. Please note this is not a number for bike repairs.
• You are responsible for taking part in the event on a safe and suitable bike. Participants are responsible for their own bike maintenance. There is very limited mechanical support system will be in place and will sweep throughout the route.
• Please ensure you have spare tubes in the event of a puncture and do not rely on the emergency number for help with changing punctures etc.
• No earphones permitted
• No tri bars permitted

FEED STATIONS

160km FEED STATIONS
The feed stations for the 160km route are located at;

  • Doonbeg Community Centre (50Km)
  • Shamrocks GAA Club (110km)
  • Water Refuel station at Kildysert

120km FEED STATIONS
The feed stations for the 120km route are located at the Kilrush Shamrocks GAA Club (60km) plus a Water Refuel station at Kildysert.
Please note that if you do not avail of the main stop at Kilrush Community Centre, the Refuel station in Kildysert will only provide water.
We recommend you also bring also your own supply of cycling gels, bars and drinks.

FIRST AID:
Ambulances and roving paramedics will be available all day, should anyone require medical assistance it will be administered in the fastest possible timeframe. Please call the emergency contact number provided on the day for medical emergencies.

SIGNAGE
The 160km and 120km routes are marked out with distinctive ŠKODA cycling directional signage.

WHAT TO BRING:
Your bike must be in good working order to cycle either the 160km or 120km routes
– Helmet
– Water bottle (s)
– Spare tubes and a Puncture repair kit
– Mobile phone with credit
– Emergency money & ID
– Energy snacks
– Wind / Rainproof top – Participants must be aware that weather conditions in this area can change and you should bring appropriate clothing to keep warm in any adverse weather.
– Sunblock – we hope you will need plenty of this.

SHOWERS:
Showers will be provided at Clarecastle GAA Clubhouse.

REMEMBER

NO HELMET NO CYCLE – this will be strictly enforced

LEAVE NO TRACE: The event operates under a Leave Non Trace litter policy. Please respect the Clare countryside and its residents and bring home your litter. Please do not litter the area with gel sachets, empty bottles or food wrappings etc.

PUNCTURES Please ensure you can change a puncture and bring spare tubes. It may be some time before support can arrive to a spot where a cyclist may have picked up a puncture so please ensure you can change your own wheel or cycle with someone that will assist you to avoid long delays that will impact on your enjoyment of the day.

FINALLY
We hope you have a great day out in Clare set against the backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way, Loop Head Peninsula and the Shannon Estuary.

GENERAL SAFETY
NB: The sportive is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.
The route will be marked out in numbered sections with distinctive signage with a number that correspond to specific parts of the 160km and 120km routes. This is for ease of identifying where cyclists are on the route in the case of a medical emergency. Please take note of the section numbers where possible as you pass by.

PUNCTURES
Please ensure you can change a puncture and bring spare tubes. It may be some time before technical support can arrive to a spot where a cyclist may have picked up a puncture so please ensure you can change your own tyre or cycle with someone that will assist you to avoid long delays that will impact on your enjoyment of the day.