Lap the lough is an annual cycle event around lough neagh, the largest lake in Ireland and Britain.
The event takes place each year on the August Bank Holiday weekend - most people have a day off to recover on the following day. Lap 11 takes place on Sunday 28th August.
The Hill of the O'Neill is located in the centre of Dungannon. It is the ancient capital of Ulster and one of he most historical sites in Ireland. This is the start/finish.
Earlybird registration for Lap the Lough opens in January 2016. The earlier you sign up the cheaper it is for you and the easier you make it for us to plan in the event advance.
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.
You get emergency energy, water/energy stops, lunch, massage, mechanical support, sweeper, motorbike marshals, 1st Aid, post-ride wrap/tea/coffee & LTL cycle cap.
We limit entry to 2500 bikes. After that number registration closes. In 2015 registration closed in mid April. Register early to avoid disappointment.
The route* travels 156km/97.5 miles anticlockise around lough neagh. There are stops approx every 25 miles.
|Total elevation:||1220m/4000ft - 60% of route flat.|
|STAGE 1:||Blackwater & Bann: Water stop 1: Gawleys Gate: 48km/29ml|
|STAGE 2||Shorelines & Hedgerows Lunch stop: Antrim Castle: 83km/51ml|
|STAGE 3:||Sperrins & Mournes Water stop 2: Ballyronan Marina: 115km/72ml|
|STAGE 4:||Crosses and Castles Finish festival: Hill of the O'Neill: 155km/97ml|
|Distance markers:||every 8km/5mls|
|Direction markers:||on road at every junction (LTL logo)|
This is the current route Lap the Lough follows. Click to view and zoom in on the route.
lots to do on the morning so it's an early start – your average speed will determine how early you start.
Parking areas will be close to the registration area (details will follow). Allow 20 minutes to get parked and a few minutes to ride up to The Hill of the O'Neill for the registration process. If you live locally, ride up, make it a century and miss the all traffic.
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 Square where you can depart at the appointed time.
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.
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|
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 • NO MORE THAN 2 ABREAST • 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
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.
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…
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.
We'd like to thanks our parters for their continued support.
Absolutely! The event is a readymade fundraiser
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.
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.
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.
read the event rules and the highway code for cyclists (above) before registering
Make sure you read all the content on this page. Make sure you read the highway code for cyclists and the event rules above. If you are registering for someone else make sure they have read and understand.
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.
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.