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Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

9am - Sat 22nd September 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of our Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for the Race?

You can registration for the race online by clicking here

Due to the sensitive nature of the Discovery Park’s infrastructure there are limited places available so register now so as not to be disappointed.

What does the registration fee include:

– Artist commissioned finishers medal*
– Customised Coalface tec t-shirt
– Full facilities of the discovery Park for friends/family
– Prizes in all categories and Goody Bags for every competitor
– Free finisher food and hot drinks.
– A super atmosphere and a challenging but fun day out
– Fully marshalled course

When do I collect my race pack and rack my bike?

You can collect your race pack on the morning of the race during registration. You can then rack your bike at the racking area, please ensure to leave enough time to register and rack before your race.

What type bike should I use?

The choice of bike is an individual choice. The most suitable bike would be a road bike with Gator Skin tyres (to avoid punctures) and least suitable would be a Mountain Bike. (A hybrid with road tyres would also suit). All cycle routes involve rolling hills with climbing and speedy descents so a well maintained bike that you are comfortable on is advised.  Your brakes and helmet will be checked on entrance to bike racking.

Do I need any specialist equipment?

Apart from the basics (bike, helmet, running shoes) you do not need any specialist equipment. A full list of mandatory equipment is available by checking Race Regulations and Mandatory Kit List.

Do I have to have any specialist map reading or mountain skill to compete in the race?

No. You will be provided with a map. The route is marked out with signs and race Marshalls will also be on hand along the route.

What is your refund policy?

When entering the event it is part of the terms and conditions that it is a non-refundable payment policy. There are no refunds as the cost is incurred the moment you register.

Is there any water available along the route?

You will be required to bring water with you on you for the duration of the race. There will be water available at the central Transition/bike racking point in the Discovery Park.

What time does my Race Start?

The Elite 78km starts at 09:00 (Race briefing 15mins before start)
The Sport 56km starts at 09:30 (Race briefing 15mins before start)
The Challenge 30km starts at 10:00 (Race briefing 15 mins before Start)

Will there be toilets at the Start/transition points?

Yes, apart from the Discovery Parks permanent toilet facilities we have Portaloos alongside the Start/transition area. There are no shower facilities.

Where must I rack my bike?

There are 3 separate bike rackings depending on the route you do. However they are all within the same general area close to the entrance of the Discovery Park. When you are registering on the Friday night you can proceed into the main car park where you will be directed to the nearby bike racking for your route.

The Expert and Sport Routes start with a cycle, how does that work?

The Elite /Sport starts are controlled, all cyclists will cross over the start line before being led out of the Park and up through the main street of Castlecomer where the control car will pull over and sound the starting hooter to start the clock and the Race! All competitors will be given the same start time.

How is the race timed?

Your race time and your progress through each stage are timed using a chip around your ankle. Results will be displayed on a big screen as you cross the line and for friends and supporters to read. Full results will be published online later on race day.

Can I compete in the race as a team?

Yes. Each route has a team entry available. We at the Coalface know some of us prefer cycling over running and vice versa so why not share the load and compete within a team! Team member numbers are limited to one per section (3 sections in the Challenge Event and 4 sections in the Sport and Elite events). Each Team must register together at the same time and for the same race. Remember to include the team name in registration details. A single race timer will be transferred from one team member in the transition area before that member sets off on the next race section. There is a Team prize.

Can I contact The Coalface Team if I have any more questions?

Feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing or use the Facebook page for queries and updates.

Can I listen to my iPod during the race?

No the use of earphones to listen to music during the race is prohibited. It is extremely dangerous for competitors to listen to music whilst cycling as the roads are not closed and are open to local traffic. You must also be able to hear any of the marshall’s instructions.

Can I Change Route Type after I have registered?

Please contact us via email. You may be able to transfer from longer route to shorter if there is available space in that race up to 31st Aug. It is not possible to transfer from the shorter to the longer routes without re-registering. There are no refunds as the cost is incurred the moment you register.

Are there prizes?

Yes, we have prizes for 1st 2nd & 3rd in all 3 races and in both Male/Female. Also 1st Team home.

Can I raise money for charity?

Yes of course. Raising money and awareness for a charity that you believe in will encourage you in your training and during The Coalface Race. We encourage everybody to raise money for charity and remind you again that this is a Not-For-Profit event. The Discovery Park is a registered charity and any money raised goes back into its continued development.

What Items are included in the mandatory kit?

It is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit list with them from the start.

•    Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters.
•    Map of the route (included in your race pack).
•    Survival blanket and whistle.
•    Appropriate food and drink for the route you have entered. There will be water re-filling points at the central Transition Zone in the Park.
•    Cycle helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
All kit will be checked before the race

Non Mandatory but recommended and weather dependant!
•    Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
•    Suitable footwear for forest track/trail/gravel with possible (!) muddy conditions in places.
•    Backpack or bum bag.