WILD ATLANTIC WAY CYCLE SPORTIF COMPETITION

*** The application process is closed at this time,  as of Aug 30th, 2017.  ***

The peleton on the wild Atlantic way Stage Two of the An Post Ras na mBan between Loop Head – Ballyvaughan, Ireland. Picture by Lorraine O’Sullivan 10/09/2015

The inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif takes place this September (13th – 29th) along the world renowned Wild Atlantic Way coastal route from Kinsale in West Cork to the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal.  This new and exciting Sportif series is comprised of 17 individual stages taking in the dramatic scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way stopping overnight in picturesque towns and villages.

The Sportif is fully supported allowing participants to concentrate on pumping the legs and embracing the Wild Atlantic Way leaving all the logistics to the expert team at Ride Wild.

Ireland’s wonderful Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world at 2,500km (1,700 miles) in length. Along this dramatic stretch of coastline six regions have been amplified and the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif will take you on an amazing journey through each and every one of them. The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif will take you on a route that’s designed by Cyclists for Cyclists. Challenging climbs and descents coupled with some of the most breath taking scenery on the planet.

For the cycling enthusiast this is a must do bucket list Sportif so what are you waiting for?

Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is giving away 5 FREE entries, 2 nights lodging, and some meals. See exact below details and then apply ASAP if you would like to be considered. Application is open until August 30th and then you will be notified by Sept 5th if you were chosen. Good luck!

Itinerary

Thursday 28th September – Dunfanaghy to Letterkenny (93km)

09.30 – The Sportif departs Dunfanaghy to begin one of our most beautiful stages along the Donegal coastline to Letterkenny.

11.30 – Coffee stop in the coastal village of Carrickart for a well-earned slice of cake to keep us going until lunchtime.

13.30 – Lunch stop at the Lighthouse Tavern on the Fanad Peninsula. Lunch will include fresh local seafood with spectacular views of Fanad Head Lighthouse.

15.30 – The afternoon spin will take us along the coastline through Portsalon, Dunree Head, and Rathmullen before stopping for light refreshments at Ramelton and continuing on to Letterkenny where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Overnight in Dillons Hotel.

Friday 29th September – Letterkenny to Muff (127km)

09.30 – The final stage of the 2017 Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif will leave Letterkenny and strike out towards Malin Head.

11.00 – After 29km we’ll come into the little village of Burnfoot for a quick coffee and cake stop.

13.30 – Our lunch stop will be Lily’s Tearooms in the picturesque village of Malin, Ireland’s most northerly village at the 64km mark. After lunch we’ll continue northwards to Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland, where we’ll stop for a water break and a great photo opportunity before turning southwards and heading back to base.

15.30 – We’ll take our mid-afternoon coffee and cake stop in Moville before continuing along the coastline to the finish line in the village of Muff. From here, the cyclists will be transferred back to Letterkenny to celebrate the end of the Sportif.

Overnight in Dillons Hotel.

Notes: Please note that all refreshments, water, fruit, and roadside snacks will be provided. A mechanic will also be available for minor roadside repairs.