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Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny


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

30km Challenge Timetable

07:15 - 14:00Car Park OpenCoalface Parking
07:15 - 09:00Bike Racking OpenBike Rack on route to Registration
07:30 - 09:00Registration OpenIn the Elf Village 400m from Bike Rack
09:20Challenge Race BriefStart Line / Elf Village
09:30Challenge StartStart Line / Elf Village
12:00Bike Rack ReopenChallenge Competitors only who have Race Bib Number Visible

56km Sport Timetable

07:15 - 14:00Car Park OpenCoalface Parking
07:15 - 08:45Bike Racking OpenBike Rack on route to Registration
07:30 - 08:45Registration OpenIn the Elf Village 400m from Bike Rack
09:05SPORT Race BriefStart Line / Elf Village
09:15SPORT StartStart Line / Elf Village
12:30Bike Rack ReopenSPORT Competitors only who have Race Bib Number Visible

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?

BIKE RACK TRANSITION: Once you have parked you will be passing through the Bike Racking area on route up to the Registration Dome in the woods. You WILL be able to get your bike sticker number and rack your bike here BEFORE heading up to the Registration Dome for Sign in, race number bib and timing device.

  • All bikes will be checked for road worthiness, brakes and helmets. Carry a spare tube.
  • There will be 2 Bike Racking sections Challenge/Sport/Elite. Choose the correct one for your race. Please rack your bike in the same spot at all times during your race.
How is the race timed?

Your race time and your progress through each stage are timed using a timing chip around your left 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 by

Please return your Timing Chip after crossing the finish line.

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 recommended kit?

Competitors are recommended to bring the following kit list with them from the start:

  • Basic First Aid Kit, Bandage, Plasters.
  • 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.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear for forest track/trail/gravel, muddy conditions in places.