the

event

Lap the lough is an annual cycle event around lough neagh, the largest lake in Ireland and Britain.

About

Lap the Lough is organised by the Upbeat Agency, a not-for-profit company. LTL aims to increase participation, bike usage and fundraising. Any profits are used to create other cycle events.

Peatlands Park

Peatlands is located on Junction 13 of the M1. Extra parking locations will be published closer to the date. Details about the start at Peatlands can be found below.

Support

You get emergency energy, water/energy stops, lunch, massage, mechanical support, sweeper, motorbike marshals, 1st Aid, post-ride wrap/tea/coffee & LTL cycle cap.

30th August

The event takes place each year on the August Bank Holiday weekend - most people have a day off to recover on the following day. This year it's Sunday 30th August.

2000 Limit

We limit entry to 2000 bikes. After that number registration closes. In 2014 registration closed in mid June. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Registration

Earlybird registration opens early in 2015. The earlier you sign up the cheaper it is for you and the easier you make it for us to plan in advance.

flat

route

The route* travels 140km/85 miles anticlockise around lough neagh. There are stops roughly every 20 miles.

parcours

Total distance: 140km/85ml
Total elevation: 990m - 60% of route flat.
Time limits: none
Water stop 1: Gawleys Gate: 35km/25ml
Lunch stop: Antrim Gardens: 65km/40ml
Water stop 2: Ballyronan: 100km/60ml
Distance markers: every 8km/5mls
Direction markers: on road at every junction (LTL logo)

View the Route

This is the current route Lap the Lough follows. Click to view and zoom in on the route.

View the route

Download .gpx

Right-click to download the GPX file and upload it to your mapping software or GPS unit.

garmin unit

*The organisers reserve the right to change the route.

early

start

lots to do on the morning so it's an early start – your average speed will determine how early you start.

Start times

Start times will depend on your average speed for the event. We have 3 broad average speeds to select (see table). You also need to factor in the time it will take to get parked, registered and over to the start area - anywhere between 30-60 minutes to be safe.

Parking

Extra parking areas are in place this year to help ease congestion (details will follow). Allow 20 minutes to get parked and 5-10 minutes to ride over to Peatlands for the registration process. If you live within 5-10 miles, ride over, make it a century and miss the all traffic.

Sign-on & Départ

It takes around 20 minutes to get signed-on at the registration area. You'll receive your event pack (wristband & event numbers etc), remind yourself of the safety instructions and then make your way to the exit where you can depart at the appointed time.

Calculate your average

If you're new to all this then you'll become more aware of your average as your training and distance progresses. Using a GPS app like Strava or a cheap bike computer will give you a more accurate idea.

Average Speed Sign-on from Départ time
17mph+/27kmh+ 7.00-7.30am 7.30-8.00am
14-17mph/22-27kmh 7.30-8.00am 8.00-8.30am
10-14mph/16-22kph 8.00-8.30am 8.30-9.00am

stay

safe

THIS IS NOT A RACE • ROADS ARE NOT CLOSED • OBEY ALL ROAD SIGNS & TRAFFIC LIGHTS • STOP AT ALL JUNCTIONS • MARSHALS DON'T STOP TRAFFIC AT ANY JUNCTION • WEAR YOUR HELMET • 2 ABREAST AT ALL TIMES • GIVE LOADS OF ROOM TO INEXPERIENCED CYCLISTS • DO NOT OVERTAKE THROUGH TOWNS AND VILLAGES • ALLOW OVERTAKING CARS TO PULL IN • WARN OTHER CYCLISTS OF APPROACHING HAZARDS • ALLOW LOTS OF BRAKING ROOM BETWEEN YOU AND BIKE IN FRONT

The Highway Code applies to everyone

Lap the Lough is not a race, it is a 'leisure event'. The event is on open roads and all entrants are obliged to obey the "Highway Code" - rules 59-82. It applies at all times during Lap the Lough. If you're not familiar with it we recommend you read it before entering the event.


Highway code

The Event Rules apply to everyone

You must take responsibility for your actions and ensure you are not a risk to your self or other road users. Ride responsibly at all times and remember this is not a race, there are no time limits and no times are published. Click the link below and…

read the event rules

Things to check before you leave!

You must ensure your bike/equipmnent is in good mechanical condition and not a risk to you or anyone else. Check brakes. Check wheels & tyres. Check you have the correct tyre pressure. Know how to fix a puncture. Carry a spare tube, pump &. Carry your phone.

our

partners

We'd like to thanks our parters for their continued support.

~• TRIPLE SPONSORS •~

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can I

fundraise?

Absolutely! The event is a readymade fundraiser

How does it work?

Logistics, administration and advertising can be very costly for most charity events. So if you fancy using the event as a fundraiser (and there's no obligation to) we'll take care of all that… leaving you to concentrate on the fundraising.

Who can use the event?

Anybody and everybody. Each year big & small charities, community groups and individuals use the event to raise more than £100,000 for local causes. If you're going to cycle around Lough Neagh you may as well use it to raise a few pounds.

What do I do now?

Once registered set up an on-line fundraising page or if you prefer the analogue way of printing out a form - we'll help you with both. We also have a list of charities who use the event… incase you're stuck for ideas.

More info…

how to

register

read the event rules and the highway code for cyclists (above) before registering

Read the Safety info

Make sure you read and understand the highway code for cyclists and the event rules. If you are registering for someone else make sure they have read and understand.

On-line registration

We process entries using PayPal/Credit/Debit cards. Once registered you'll receive a Paypal receipt - and that's all there is to it! We'll have all your details on file, come along to the registration area on the morning, find your name, sign and leave at the appointed time.

Registering others

If you're registering for someone else please make sure that they've read the rules, they're familiar with the highway code and you give us their name, address and mobile no.

Register