Inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif invites cyclists to saddle up and experience the world’s longest defined coastal route.
This September, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way will become the site of a brand new cycling event, taking in over 2,000 km of Atlantic coastline in the west of Ireland – from the most southerly point in Co Cork to the northern tip of the island in Co Donegal.
The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif will take in 17 stages in a rewarding and challenging route, featuring twisting coast roads dotted with breath-taking climbs and sweeping descents. The event will treat cyclists to unforgettable views and experiences, taking in islands, peaks, national parks, cliffs, beaches, famous lighthouses and coastal towns and villages.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal route in the world at 2,500km (1,700 miles) in length. This summer, the Wild Atlantic Way was named as one of the worlds’ ultimate road trips by travel bible, Lonely Planet, in its new publication, Epic Drives of the World. The Sportif will take cyclists along some of the route’s most iconic locations including the Skellig Coast, with views of Skellig Michael – the island immortalised in the final scenes of Star Wars’ The Force Awakens.
The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif will journey through nine counties, on a route that’s designed by cyclists for cyclists. Challenging climbs and descents coupled with some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on the planet and stop overs in welcoming coastal villages make this a must-do, bucket list Sportif.
Participants will have the option of covering the full distance (2,095 km), completing multi-day stages of the Sportif or joining the event for a single day.
The registration fee covers all extras, including meals, lunch stops, overnight accommodation, luggage transfers, bike mechanics, massage therapists, support vehicles, paramedics, and a daily laundry service for cycling kit.
A single day stage is €45.00 and multi-day stage, including overnight, is €90.00.
The route of the Sportif will also be available online on popular cycling platforms: Ride with GPS, Map My Ride, and Strava.
Details for September’s event can be accessed at www.wildatlanticwaycyclesportif.ie
For further information please contact:
Sarah Dee, Tourism Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org
+353 (0) 1 4763436 / +353 (0) 87 6851897
Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif Route, 13th – 29th September, 2017
13th Sept: Stage 1: 144km Kinsale to Skibbereen
• Via Old Head, Courtmacsherry, Glandore, Union Hall, Baltimore
14th Sept: Stage 2: 124km Skibbereen to Bantry
• Via Schull, Mizen Head, Durrus, Sheeps Head
15th Sept: Stage 3: 127km Bantry to Kenmare
• Via Glengarriff, Ring Of Beara
16th Sept: Stage 4: 105km Kenmare to Knightstown, Valentia Island
• Via Sneem, Waterville, Portmagee, Valentia island
17th Sept: Stage 5: 128km Knighstown to Ballyferriter
• Via Caherciveen, Inch, Dingle, Slea Head
18th Sept: Stage 6: 132km Ballyferriter to Listowel
• Via Dingle, Conor Pass, Camp, Tralee, Ballyheigue
19th Sept: Stage 7: 142km Listowel to Lahinch
• Via Tarbert, Kilrush, Loop Head, Kilkee, Spanish Point
20th Sept: Stage 8: 106km Lahinch to Barna
• Via Doolin, Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Oranmore, Old Road into Galway, Salthill
21st Sept: Stage 9: 95km Barna to Roundstone
• Via Spiddal, Kilkieran, Cashel
22nd Sept: Stage 10: 97km Roundstone to Leenane
• Via Clifden, Sky Road, Cleggan, Letterfrack, Tully Cross
23rd Sept: Stage 11: 138km Leenane to Achill
• Via Louisburgh, Westport, Newport
24th Sept: Stage 12: 162km Achill to Ballina
• Via Banger Erris, Belmullet, Ceide Fields Kilala
25th Sept: Stage 13: 144km Ballina to Donegal
• Via Enniscrone, Sligo, Mullaghmore, Bundoran, Ballyshannon, The Ross,
26th Sept: Stage 14: 86km Donegal to Ardara
• Via Killybegs, Carrick, Glencolumkille, Glengesh Pass
27th Sept: Stage 15: 104km Ardara to Dunfanaghy
• Via Portnoo, Dungloe, Burtonport, Gweedore, Brirlack, Falcarragh,
28th Sept: Stage 16: 110km Dunfanaghy to Letterkenny
• Via Carrigart, Fanad Head, Portsalon, Rathmullan, Ramelton
29th Sept: Fri 29: Stage 17: Letterkenny to Muff, Overnight Letterkenny
• Via Burrfoot, Buncrana, Malin Head, Moville, Quigley’s Point