East Cork is already gearing up for IRONMAN 2019! And what’s not to look forward to? This is the first IRONMAN EVER to take place in Ireland. So far over 2,500 people have entered the competition, and it is expected that over 20,000 people will descend on East Cork in June 2019! Are you ready? If not, we’ve got you covered with your complete guide.
For those of you that don’t know…
The IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order and without a break.
Youghal is located approximately 45 minutes west of Cork city and Cork International Airport. It is a beautiful coastal fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland. It is also Ireland’s second oldest town.
How To Get There
Cork International Airport offers direct transatlantic services in addition to its extensive European access routes, along with modern motorway access from Dublin (2-hour drive).
The race will get underway with a 2.4-mile swim with a rolling start from the golden and sandy Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, that gently shelves into the Irish Sea. This is within walking distance of Youghal Town.
A two-lap 112-mile bike course is next. Starting off in the centre of Youghal town, a climb of Windmill Hill awaits the cyclists as their initial challenge.
The cyclists will then endure a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with magnificent sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour.
This then leads into the town of Midleton and will rise to a maximum elevation of 190m above Midleton before a technical drop back into Youghal.
The 26.2 mile run course will be the highlight of this event. This will be a flat, four lap run course through the centre of the historical town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower.
The runners will then go into the centre of the town during each lap before finally running under the IRONMAN finishing arch in Market Square.
IRONMAN Ireland, Cork will be a qualifier for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
Where Can I Stay?
There are plenty of options for accommodation, not only in Youghal, but the area of East Cork provides remote and relaxing accommodation. Ideal for all that training!
If you want to stay in the town of Youghal itself, the Quality Hotel is located on Redbarn’s Blue Flag beach. From excellent hotel facilities to the home-from-home comforts of self-catering accommodation, they also have a leisure centre, gym & spa.
If you want to be that bit closer to the town centre, The Walter Raleigh Hotel is spectacularly located on the sea-front promenade. It features a restaurant & bar…trust us, you will want a good dinner after the day’s events.
Further on you have The Garryvoe Hotel – a family-owned, independent four-star hotel. From stunning sea-view rooms and a superior Health Club, the view isn’t the only thing that will take your breath away.
The four-star Bayview Hotel is a Manor House Hotel nestled cliffside in the beautiful village of Ballycotton. Relax in the hotel’s original gardens and embrace the invigorating sea air while viewing a traditional fishing harbour at work.
If all you’re thinking about is food after the race, why not take this opportunity to stay at the famous Ballymaloe House? It remains one of the country’s most welcoming Irish country house, offering genuine Irish hospitality and character.
If you’re looking for luxury, The Castlemartyr Resort offers 5-star accommodation in the stunning setting of an 18th century classic manor house. If you want to relax before and after the big race, the resort boasts a contemporary spa, gym and 18 hole golf course.
Heading towards Cork, you will find the market town of Midleton. Located in the heart of the town is The Midleton Park Hotel which boasts extensive leisure club facilities as well as a wonderful Wellness Centre.
Just three minutes drive from Midleton town, Carrigshane House B&B offers a warm welcome in a stylish, serene location. Guests are invited to enjoy a ‘home away from home’ where your hosts will do all in their power to make your stay memorable, relaxing and enjoyable.
If you are travelling on a budget, An Stór Townhouse located in the heart of Midleton town provides top quality accommodation. The comfortable rooms suit groups, families and the independent traveller.
The WatersEdge Hotel is nestled in the harbour town of Cobh, and situated on the waterfront, they really have got ‘rooms with a view’. The hotel commands breath-taking views combined with spacious, comfortable accommodation and bistro style food.
And finally, if you want to relax and unwind on your own private island, Fota Island Resort is located near the town of Cobh. The resort boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, a swimming pool and beautifully designed rooms with countryside views and luxury bathrooms.
Local businesses in Youghal are already showing their support for IRONMAN Cork 2019!
Can I Still Register?
Yes you can! Click the link here … and get training!
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