100km or 150km ROUTE OPTION
We have introduced a shorter 100km route option for riders that wish to experience the Étape Connemara but might not be comfortable with the full distance. Both distances will take the same route out the N59, turn right at Maam Cross and continue on to Maam. This is where the Food Stop is located and riders doing the 100km distance will turn back to take on the King of the Mountain Challenge (a 3km timed hill climb). The riders doing the 150km distance will turn right at Maam and continue to do the Finny Loop as outlined below.
A MORE DETAILED LOOK AT THE ROUTE:
The Étape Connemara will start and finish at Croí House in Newcastle, Galway. The riders will depart Croí House and head right along the Thomas Hynes Road. Riders will then join the main N59 and enter Connemara going through Moycullen, Oughterard and Maam Cross.
At Maam Cross the route will turn right and leads riders through the Maam valley. The Food Stop is located at Maam Community Centre [100km Riders Will Turn Here]. 150km Riders will take a right turn at the Maam T-junction which leads riders to Cornamona, Clonbur, Finny and around Lough Na Fooey. The road meanders and there are some dangerous bends that riders need to take extreme caution. The loop around Joyces Country is completed when riders turn left onto R336 and return to the Maam Junction. Riders then return along the same road back through Maam Cross, Oughterard and Moycullen.
Riders will finish back at Croí House having completed either the 100km or 150km Étape Connemara Charity Challenge.