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L'Étape Ireland Routes

Route Descriptions for the 98km and 135km routes

The routes for the 2024 L’Étape Ireland have been created with the Tour De France organisers ASO and local cyclists to give you the best possible cycling experience.

The routes are all based in County Kerry, Ireland's best cycling location. Amazing mountain passes, remote rolling hills and stunning views around are waiting for you around each corner. The event hub and start and finish location are in Killarney Town. Ireland's premier tourist destination, Killarney has everything you need in order to base yourself at L’Étape Ireland.

135K Route

Distance: 135km
Elevation: 1,620m
Start & Finish : Killarney Town, Port Road
Start Time: 07.30 to 09.00 in four separate wave times
Route Link: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2486173
Veloviewer: https://veloviewer.com/routes/3228006843347103014  
Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/3240699653726544072

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98K Route

Distance: 98km
Elevation: 1,148m
Start & Finish: Killarney Town, Port Road
Start Time: 07.30 – 09.00 in 4 separate waves times
Route Link: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2517475
Veloviewer: https://veloviewer.com/routes/3228007756672394534
Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/3240703728342096794

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135K Route Summary

The route starts and finishes in Killarney Town on Port Road.

There will be 4 waves starting from 07.30 to 08.30. All cyclists will be designated a specific wave time. Exact wave times will be confirmed closer to the event.

Wave 0: 07.30 (135km)
Wave 1: 07.45 (135km)
Wave 2: 08.15 (135km)
Wave 3: 08.30 (98km)

The start will be a controlled motor car lead out through Killarney town. Cyclists will flow through the town to Kilometre Zero where the lead out cars will pull to one side and timing will officially start. This enables safe passage through the narrow streets.

The route is summarised as follows:

  • Start Line: 0km, Port Road Killarney
  • Km Zero: 3km, official timing starts
  • King/Queen of the Mountains #1: 14km, Molls Gap: 9.45km 300m elevation
  • Hydration station #1: 23km, Molls Gap
  • Kenmare: 32km
  • Food station Sneem: 58km, Sneem Village; Full food station
  • King/Queen of the Mountains #2: 74km, Ballaghabema: 4.5km
  • Food station Blackstones: 94km, Blackstones/Glencar: full food station
  • Hydration station #2: 108km, Carragh Lake
  • Sprint stage: 128km, Fossa sprint:: 1.2km
  • Finish: 135km, Port Road Killarney

98K Route Summary

The route starts and finishes in Killarney Town on Port Road.

There will be 4 waves starting from 07.30 to 08.30. All cyclists will be designated a specific wave time. Exact wave time will be  confirmed closer to the event.

Wave 0: 07.30 (135km)
Wave 1: 07.45 (135km)
Wave 2: 08.15 (135km)
Wave 3: 08.30 (98km)

The start will be a controlled motor car lead out through Killarney town. Cyclist will flow through the town to Kilometre Zero where the lead out cars will pull to one side and timing will officially start. This enables safe passage through the narrow streets.

The route is summarised as follows:

  • Start Line: 0km, Port Road Killarney
  • Km Zero: 3km, official timing start
  • King/Queen of the Mountains #1: 14km, Molls Gap: 9.45km, 300m elevation
  • Hydration station #1: 23km, Molls Gap
  • King of the Mountains #2: 36km, Ballaghabema: 4.5Km
  • Food station Blackstones: 57km, Blackstones/Glencar: full food station
  • Hydration station #2: 72km, Carragh Lake
  • Sprint stage: 92km, Fossa sprint: 1.2km
  • Finish: 98km, Port Road, Killarney

Route Highlights

  • There is something for all levels of cyclists at L’Étape Ireland.
  • The world-famous Molls Gap and Ladies View is the first K/QOM stage.
  • Stunning views of Killarney National Park and McGillicuddy Reeks around every corner.
  • The second K/QOM stage is in the remote and breathtaking Ballaghbema Mountain Pass.
  • Cycle along closed or partially closed roads.
  • Short flat and fast sprint section through Fossa.
  • Killarney town's vibrant night life, restaurants and culture.

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