The world’s longest defined coastal touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way’s 2,500km of scenic coastal and inland trails running along Ireland’s western seaboard make it a world-class destination for cyclists of all skill levels.
The route spans seven counties over six different regions, each brimming with incredible landscapes, distinct cultures and local flavours, and plenty of places to rent a bike, join a group adventure or simply set off astride your own two wheels down any of the numerous paths, trails and country roads.
The sheer variety of route, loop and terrain to suit every level of fitness makes the Wild Atlantic Way the perfect place to host the inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif, a unique bike ride that takes place over 18 days along 2,095km of the route.
Glengesh Pass, Donegal
Both challenging and beautiful, this unforgettable event will pass through some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable along the coast of nine counties on Ireland’s western shoreline, starting in Kinsale, County Cork in the south and ending at County Donegal’s iconic Inishowen Peninsula in the north.
The 2017 event is the first of it’s kind in Ireland, a scenic cycling course that will provide the foundation for one of the most astonishing events of a lifetime.
Cruise down to Ireland’s most southerly point at Mizen Head, a Signature Discovery Point where you can scan the sea for whales and dolphins, or simply take in the spellbinding views, perfectly punctuated by the Mizen Head Signal Station and its dramatic arched footbridge.
The Ring of Kerry
Take on the iconic Ring of Kerry, a cyclist’s favourite where the challenging climb to the Coomakista Pass with its sweeping views of Derrynane Bay and the famous Skellig Islands awaits. Spin around the Skellig Coast and enjoy the views from the place named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Destinations for 2017.
Pedal your way to the top of the Sportif’s highest point at the legendary Conor Pass; wind gently along the lunar-like karst landscape of the Burren; lose yourself in the savage beauty of wild Connemara, where you may even encounter fellow adventure enthusiasts cruising the unique terrain on fat bikes, a type of cycle popular in the region for its oversized tyres and ability to roll easily through sand and swamp alike.
Visit islands, peaks, national parks, cliffs, beaches, famous lighthouses and waterside towns and villages - this fully supported cycle simply has it all.
Cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part in this leisure event. Crest hills, tackle descents, breathe in the thrilling atmosphere and revel in that unmatched sense of satisfaction you’ll experience when you reach the finishing point.
You can try the entire route on for size or take it in stages; either way, you’ll find yourself in good company, making extraordinary memories alongside cyclists from Ireland and around the globe as you soak in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of Ireland’s west, its local culture and its people, with the majestic Wild Atlantic Way right on your doorstep. There’s no other event quite like it on the planet.
With all extras provided, including meals, lunch stops, overnight accommodation, luggage transfers, bike mechanics, massage therapists, support vehicles, paramedics, and event a daily laundry service for cycling kit, all you have to do is sign up and get cycling.
Don’t miss your chance to ride in one of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet and embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of life from atop two wheels.
Find out more about the inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif 2017 and Register Here