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Can I enter online?
Yes, you can enter online on How to Enter page
Can I enter by post?
Yes, you can enter by post. A downloadable entry form is available on the How to Enter page.
When is the closing date for entries?
The early bird closing date for entries is Thursday 20th July 2017.
Entries for the 50k, 100k and 160k will be accepted up to 5pm on Wed 26th July 2017.
Participants are advised NOT to send postal entries after Tuesday 25th July 2017.
There will be NO registration facility on the weekend of the event*
(*with the exception of the 11km Family Spin – entry for this event is only available from 2pm on Saturday 29th July 2017).
What is the entry fee?
Early bird entry fee, available until Thursday 20th July is as follows:
- Entry fee for the Tara Loop (50k) is €30 per person (plus online transaction fee)
- Entry fee for the Royal Tour (100k) and Royal Challenge (160k) is €40 per person/€35 Unemployed/OAP Discount (Plus online transaction fee)
Cycling Ireland members can avail of a 10% discount on their respective entry fee. Membership number to be completed on entry form and proof of membership produced at sign- on on the evening before/day of the event.
The standard entry fee will apply to applications after the early bird closing date of 20th July 2017 as follows:
- 160km Royal Challenge & 100km Royal Tour €50 per person or €45 Unemployed/OAP Discount (Plus online transaction fee)
- 50km Tara Loop €40 per person (Plus online transaction fee)
- 11km Family Spin for All – €3 – Cyclists enter on the day of the event (Saturday 29th July 2017)
Online entrants will receive a confirmation email prior to the event and
postal entrants with no email will receive confirmation via post. Confirmation will be sent out from June 2017.
What does my registration pack include?
Your cycle entry pack includes: Route Map, Route Information/Safety Instructions, Frequently Asked Questions and Trim Area Event Map.
At sign-in you will receive a souvenir jersey(excluding 11km Family Spin).
On the day you will receive refreshments en route and at the finish along with cycle support services.
What if I can’t make it to the cycle on the day?
Unfortunately there is no facility for a refund or the transferring of an entry.
How can I check that I am entered?
If you complete the online entry process you will receive an email from Eventmaster confirming your entry. Postal entrants will receive same email if you have provided an email address. If not, confirmation of entry along with an information pack which will be posted out as entries are processed.
Can I change from one route to another after registration?
No changes in route selection can be accommodated after the closing date. Sorry!
Must I sign-in prior to the event?
Yes. Participant must sign-in prior to starting their chosen cycle-route. At the sign-in you will receive your event number, souvenir jersey, route information and Emergency Contact Numbers.
Can I sign-in the evening before the event?
Yes, you can. Sign-In in Trim will open the day before the event (Saturday 29th July) from 2pm to 7pm.
What time does sign is open at on the day?
- Sign In for the 160k event will open on the morning of 30th July from 7am-7.45am
- Sign In for the 100k event will open on the morning of 30th July from 8am-9.15am
- Sign In for the 50k event will open on the morning of 30th July from 9.30am-10.15am
Participants should allow plenty of time to sign in prior to their event start.
Registration for the 11k event will open at 2pm on Saturday 29th July 2017.
Do I need to print off my registration pass or can I show it on my phone?
Your REGISTRATION PASS is mandatory for sign in. It is preferable if you can print off your pass as it works best for scanners. If you have the pass downloaded on your phone, this will work also. However, please have pass open on your phone to save time.
What time does the event start at?
- Start time for the 160k event will be at 8am.
- Start time for the 100k event will be at 9.30am.
- Start time for the 50k event will be at 10.30am.
- 11km Family Spin takes place at 5pm on Saturday 29th July 2017.
The official start for all routes is Trim Castle. Please arrive in good time so that you can enjoy the atmosphere. Stewards will direct all cyclists from the sign-in to the official start.
Is there free car parking?
Yes. Car parking will be provided in the vicinity of the Start/Finish Area and will be signposted on the day.
What do I need to bring with me?
A hard shell helmet is compulsory for every participant. You must bring your REGISTRATION PASS to sign in. Don’t forget your bike, spare tube, pump, gear, food and drink (there are food stations on the route).Also don’t forget to bring a sense of fun!
Where are the Food Stops?
(Toilet facilities available at all Food Stops)
Family Spin 11km – There will be a food/water stop at Jack Quinns Pub (7km)
Tara Loop 50km – There will be a food stop at the Hill of Tara (23km) and a water stop at Kiltale (36km).
Royal Tour 100km – There will be a water stop in Seneschalstown GAA (29.2km) and a food stop in Wilkinstown Community Centre (59km).
Royal Challenge 160km – There will be a water stop in Gormalough Inn (51km) . The food stop will be in Cormeen Community Centre (99km), and the last water stop will be at Kiltale (132km).
Do not litter – The Meath Heritage Cycle Tour passes through the countryside and many towns/villages. Keep your bar wrappers etc in your jersey pockets until you reach the food stop. At food stops please ensure that you use the bins provided.
Must I be over a certain age?
Yes. For insurance reasons the following age restrictions apply:
Family Spin is open to 6 years +s but those under 12yrs on 29th July 2017 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no stabilisers allowed in the Family Spin. Bikes with stabilisers will not be permitted to take part.
For the 50km Tara Loop participants must be aged 10 and over on 30th July 2017 and Under 16’s must be accompanied by parent/ guardian.
For the 100km Royal Tour and 160km Royal Challenge participants must be over 16 years of age on 30th July 2017.
Do I need permission from a parent/guardian to participate?
Yes, if you are under 18 you must have permission from a parent/guardian. Application form must be completed by a parent/guardian.
What will the weather be like?
This is summer so pleasant weather should be the order of the day. However should we experience rain, all participants would be well advised to bring some wet weather gear.
What first-aid facilities will be available on the day?
First-Aid will be provided on the day by the Civil Defence. All cyclists will receive emergency contact numbers.
Will there be Service Vehicles and a Broom Wagon?
Service vehicles will patrol all the routes and offer assistance where required. Remember, it is not a breakdown service and all participants will be expected to perform their own minor repairs. More serious breakdowns will be assisted where possible. Repairs – tubes and tyres will incur a cost. Please carry some cash to facilitate this. This is not a free Service. Directional signs will be obvious to all and major junctions and hazards will be manned by stewards.
Broom wagon will be provided on the day per route. Due to the vast nature of the course it is difficult for the organisers to guarantee transport back to Trim, for every cyclist who gets into trouble. However, if you do get in to difficulty, please inform event personnel immediately (each cyclist will be issued with contact numbers for the relevant route) and we will endeavour to remedy each individual situation.
Where is the official finish?
All routes will start and finish in front of Trim Castle. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at finish area.