Do you expect to see those trails on the course? :)
Well the route has to get to Kerry. Limerick would be a significant detour from the WAW but the Shannon Estuary lies between Clare and Kerry. Who knows!? Could bypass it with a paddle but then it's a good spot for a Paddle O too. Way to much to choose from in the West!
Ooh, paddle-o would be a fun section. We're dying for a racer update and some more information over here!
In fairness James Thurlow and Ivan Park are great at hiding and deception. I've done a few of Ivan's races and he is cheeky out.
I know they have a more modern/forward view of AR and are not out to smash teams. Just make it hard enough to really challenge the top teams but make sure all teams have some fun.
We (The Irish AR community) naturally feel (and based on ITERA Wales) that we will leave Killarney and bus 4-5 hours north. Thus coming back down the west coast. It would make sense in that its a stunning part of the country. Probably present an early paddle and trek then a long bike to link Connemara/The Burren to the South West. The decsion point then would be a paddle around Loop Head down to Kerry or across the Eastuary. A bike in as far as Limerick or North Cork would be a monster bike. TBH you just dont know. I think we are sure of a trek in Kerry. The race is billed as the Wild Atlantic Way for a setting so I'm not sure how far it will stray form that since there is a 2,500km coastal route to play with!
I'm expecting/hoping for a long fun tidal coasteering section :-)
Thanks for the intel! We've been to both Wales and Scotland so have a pretty good sense of James' philosophy, but we don't know as much about Ivan's or Avril's style. But we're eager to experience it :)