You’ll never know if you like it, until you try it. 7th May 2022

Lough Derg Adventure Challenge, 7th of May 2022

Event Overview

Adventure Racing Ireland’s Team Adventure Series next race is Lough Derg on May 7th. This event will give you the opportunity to experience the beauty of Lough Derg centrally located in Killaloe Co Clare.

This race will take competitors through the narrow charming street of Killaloe and along the beautiful river Shannon. Lots of hidden gems along the Clare way and Lough Dery way to choose from.

We have two courses options for this event, a Sprint Course designed for newcomers to the sport of team adventure racing and an Endurance Course for the more seasoned racers or those who want to challenge themselves.

Sprint Endurance
Suitable for beginners Suitable for experienced racers
Map will be marked up Mark your own maps
Navigation – Highlighted Route on Race Map Navigation – planning of your own route
Any type of bike MTB only

Event Details

The Lough Derg Adventure Challenge (Sprint and Endurance Races) will include the disciplines of kayaking, trekking, cycling, and orienteering. Some special tasks may also be included. Both racers must be over 18 to register to race.

The Sprint Race will be designed to suit first-time team adventure racers and aims to give participants a good taste of what’s involved with doing a team adventure race. navigation will not be difficult, paddling will be easy and biking and foot stages will not be hard.

The Endurance Race – well that’s a different matter. This will be designed to challenge teams so expect a bit more challenge!

Participants will compete in teams of two (male/female or mixed), working through each stage in both races, checking in at numerous checkpoints during each race. Faster teams can choose to go for a few extra controls in respective races while slower teams can choose to keep it tight and just go for the mandatory controls.

Don’t worry, the map reading and navigation will be easy for the sprint category but maybe a little more challenging for the endurance race.

Course maps for both races will be provided to each team on race morning, with all race controls marked on the map.

For Sprint teams, the map will include a suggested route that may be followed for the mandatory controls with optional bonus controls & some route choices for faster teams.

For Endurance teams, it will be up to each team to decide their own route during the race.

Start Location: UL Activity Center

Sprint Race Times Endurance Race Times
Registration is from 11 am Registration is from 7.45 am
Race Start time – 12.30 pm Race Start time – 9 am
Expected challenge duration – 3.5hrs Expected challenge duration – 7/7.5hrs

Kit Required:

Bike: Sprint teams can use any bike from dedicated road bikes, hybrids, or mountain bikes.

For the Endurance race, a mountain bike is mandatory.

Footwear: Trail running shoes are strongly recommended

Mandatory Race Kit :

  • Quality Waterproof Jacket and Overpants
  • Space blanket
  • First Aid Kit (one per team) includes antiseptic wipes, plasters, triangular and Crepe bandage with fasteners)
  • Whistle
  • Bike Map Holder (one per team)
  • Mobile Phone in a waterproof case (one per team)
  • Bike Helmet
  • Spare Tube, pump & tyre levers
  • Bike lights mounted on the front and back of the bike

What’s Provided:

  • Electronic Race Timing System
  • Colour maps for both courses with an option for laminating these on race morning (after mark up)
  • Kayaks, paddles, Buoyancy aids, and supervision for water stage
  • Backup/support throughout both races
  • Medical Backup during the event
  • After Race Food & Shower Facilities
  • Race Photos and Prizes


Endurance Race: €95 per person (€190 per team)

Sprint Race: €80 per person ( €160 per team)

You will need to be a member of Adventure Racing Ireland to enter this race

– Annual Membership fee is €35 ( giving full access to all races, member online events, and discounts)

– Day Membership fee option available for €15

Register as a member of Adventure Racing Ireland for 2022 here

Please note that capacity is restricted on both the Sprint and Endurance race so please get your team entry in as early as you can!

Adventure Racing Ireland – Team Adventure Series 2022

The Lough Derg Adventure Challenge is the 2nd race in the Team Adventure Series 2022. Team results from three races will score towards overall placement in the Team Adventure Series 2022

Are you up for the Challenge? Registration is now open Click Here.