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What is the Race Around Ireland (RAI)

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.

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

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About Race Around Ireland

On Sunday 28th of August 2016, 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


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A truly wonderful experience and a brilliantly run event!

Pete Vance, 4 Person Team Renegade

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.

Allister Gerard, Cadburys 8 Person Team

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.

Bernd Paul, Solo Winner 2010 and 2012 - Germany.