What is the Race Around Ireland
The Race Around Ireland is an ultra distance cycling event, offering amateur leisure or elite professional cyclists the adventure of a lifetime.
It is a non-stop cycle, which starts in Trim, Co. Meath and takes the riders on a route around the island of Ireland, past some of Irelands most historic sights.
What is different about this event is that it really is non-stop. Solo riders will spend up to 22 hours on their bikes, while the teams rotate as part of a relay, for 24 hours a day. They only have 5 days to finish.
It is listed as one of the World’s Toughest Endurance Events, and the heroes of this event are the amateur riders who get an opportunity to compete in this Irish Event with elite riders from all over the world, while endeavouring to finish this mammoth adventure in the allotted time.
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When does the Race Start?
The 8th Race Around Ireland starts Sunday 27th August 2017 at 3pm in Trim, County Meath.
In the shadow of the imposing Trim Castle, the riders in the Race Around Ireland and the Irish Ultra Challenge will take on one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world.
The cyclists in RAI have a 2,150km journey past some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland, Newgrange, The Causeway Coast, Malin Head, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, the Garden County (Wicklow) and back to Moynalty in County Meath. ALL within a week. The solo riders have 132 hours to finish.
The riders in the Irish Ultra Challenge have a 1,100km race. This race is seen as the perfect stepping-stone into the world of ultra-cycling. Solo riders have 68 hours to finish.
What is the time allowance for the race
Race Around Ireland :-
Solo Men: 132 hours
Solo Women: 144 hours
2-person: 132 hours
4-person and 8-person: 96 hours
Irish Ultra Challenge :-
Solo Men: 68 hours
Solo Women: 74 hours
2-person: 68 hours
4-person: 50 hours
Who can enter?
Both events are open to solo racers, open bike solo racers, tandems, 2-person, 4-person teams and 8-person teams. While the solo category is aimed at serious athletes, the team categories are very open to cyclists of all abilities. The team categories are also ideal for corporate teams as they offer the opportunity for a unique and highly effective form of team-building as well as offering the opportunity to align the race with the CSR strategies of your organisation. The solos and two person and tandem have 132 hours to finish and 4 and 8 person teams have 96 hours to finish.
Why Take Part?
You may want to challenge yourself, your friends or your work colleagues;
To experience the ultimate sense of achievement;
To see Ireland like you never have before;
To raise money for your favourite charity;
To qualify for RAAM:- The Race Around Ireland and the Irish Ultra Challenge are qualifying events for the Race Across America.
Take part in a world cup event:-The Race Around Ireland is also a round of the UMCA World Cup.
The Art of Planning for Endurance Racers
Designed to help you prepare for Race Around Ireland and other Endurance Challenges
On Sunday 27th of August 2017, cyclists from all over the world will line up in Trim, County Meath, to take on the 8th Race Around Ireland and the Irish Ultra Challenge. In the shadow of the imposing Trim Castle the riders will prepare themselves for one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world.
If you are planning on taking part in an endurance event this year “The Art of Planning for Endurance Racing is a MUST”. The step-by-step system outlined in this MP3 is one that teams and solo riders have used to finish the toughest events in the World including Race Across America and Race Around Ireland.
Have you entered or considered entering Race Around Ireland, the Irish Ultra Challenge as a solo rider or part of a team? If you have, then we are going to be running the perfect workshop for you on Saturday 11th March 2017. From 09:00 to 15:30. This one day workshop will take place at the Carlton Airport Hotel, in Dublin.
"We enjoyed the event and appreciated the hospitable welcome and support that we received. Thank you for your work throughout RAI 2016. Our best wishes to you all for future events."
Congratulations to the RAI team forrorganising such a great event. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks also to all the officials and volunteers for being so helpful and friendly to me and my crew. The race is a tough race, but it sure is a friendly race too!
I would like to say thank you to the organisation of the Race. Due to the professional preparation and execution of the Race there were never open questions. I have participated in other ultra races and I know how much effort you must have put in to your organisation. I would highly recommend your race to other racers.
Brilliant event! The RAI team are very committed. Thanks to Alan, Lorraine, Emmet & all the RAI team for the huge amount of work in making the Race Around Ireland such a fantastic (tough!) event & success. It was a brilliant to take part.