Where is the start and finish location?
Russborough House is our start and finish venue – an imposing Palladian mansion – an unrivalled visitor attraction in a stunningly beautiful setting. Located approx. 4km south of Blessington Village on the N81. See here for map.
What time does the event start?
Registration will be open from 07:30 onwards on Sunday morning, in the ‘Hippodrome’ in Russborough. The 125km Reservoir Dog route starts at 09:00, and the 65km Reservoir Pup starts at 09:30
Are there parking facilities available?
There will be free parking for participants at the venue. Follow the signage and the parking attendants.
Are there age restrictions?
Yes! All participants in the 125km Reservoir Dog must be 16 years or older on the 04-Sept-2016. All riders on the 65km Reservoir Pup route must be at least 12 on the 20-Sept-2015. Any participant between 12 and 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the event. Any participant under 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian which must be presented at sign in on the morning of the event. Please download consent form HERE.
Are there food and water stops?
Absolutely – you will be well looked after! There is a food / rest stop after 64km on the 125km Reservoir Dog route. This refreshment stop is located in the Brockagh Community Centre in Laragh and will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks. There will also be water stops at 38km and 95km on the 125km Reservoir Dog route. There will be a food and water stop on the 65 km route located at lacken school at the 36km point. There will be hot food and drink available for all at the finish. You will be provided with a food voucher at registration which should be presented upon finishing to receive your lunch.
How do I prepare for the event?
Participants in the 125km Reservoir Dog need to ensure a good level of fitness and should have been getting out on spins of three hours or more and including lots of climbing in the weeks prior to the event.
Riders tackling the 65km route should be used to spending over two hours in the saddle. Although not as tough as the 125km route, the 65km route is sprinkled with some tough climbs and drags.
What should I bring with me?
A hard shell helmet is compulsory for every rider. Bring a spare tube, pump, cycling gear. Mechanical backup will be available along the route.
Don’t forget your bike! Whichever bike you ride it should have a selection of low gears for tackling the climbs. Your bike must be well maintained and in safe condition. Good, well-adjusted brakes are essential as there are some steep, fast descents on both routes. Time trial bikes or bikes with Tri Bars fitted are not recommended.
The Reservoir Dog Sportive Cycling Regulations
The Reservoir Dog Sportive is intended to provide every cyclist with the best event experience. In order to do this it is necessary to apply the following regulations for the safe & smooth running of the event. This list is not exhaustive and the organisers reserve the right to amend or add to it prior to the day of the event.
- Safety approved cycle helmets are compulsory and must be worn at all times when cycling.
- You may NOT ride under someone else’s name under any circumstances.
- You must Sign On on the day and within the times provided by the Event organiser.
- You must be aware of other cyclists around you and enable faster cyclists to pass you. Please look over your shoulder before overtaking.
- You must use a bike that complies with the following rules and is deemed safe for the purposes of the event, in the view of the organiser.
- No bicycle, tandem or other machine, conventional or otherwise, is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars. Neither are Spinachi type bars permitted. However, ATB bar ends are permitted on mountain bikes.
- You may not deviate from the official route. If you deviate from the official route you are deemed to have left the Event
- You are to co-operate with the traffic officers of An Garda and authorised marshals at all times.
- The Organiser reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place to anyone, at any time.
- You may not use your mobile phone while riding. You must stop at the side of the road if you need to make or receive a call.
- You may not use a music player with headphones while participating in the event.
- Bins are provided for participants use at the Start / Finish area and rest stops. Participants must not deposit litter at any other point on the course during the event.
- The event will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of safety however entry fees are non-refundable.
- In the event of adverse weather conditions the organizers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event.
- Participants must be aged 12 or over to ride in the 65km event. Riders between 12 and 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.
- Participants must be aged 16 or over to participate in the 100km event.
- Any participants under the age of 18 must have the relevant Cycling Ireland consent form completed and signed by a parent or guardian.