Ireland’s Toughest Sporting Challenge Attracts Record Entries
Multi-rider squads have a new opportunity to ride Ireland’s toughest sporting challenge following reopening of entries for Race Around Ireland 2017. There are 14 teams already registered and, after a number of requests, the organisers have reopened the entry to admit more 4 and 8 person teams.
The ninth edition of the non-stop bike race around Ireland’s coast gets under way at 3pm on Sunday 27thAugust in Trim, County Meath when the world’s best ultra marathon cyclists begin the 2,150km challenge.
Solo riders and teams of two, four and eight riders will ride continuously for up to a week to beat the time limit, their fellow competitors and the most demanding terrain in world ultra marathon cycling.
The event is established as a round of the UMCA World Cup and a key qualifying event for the fabled Race Across America.
Those events, like Race Around Ireland, are the ultimate test of a rider’s ability to endure way beyond the capacity of even well-trained road cyclists.
There are no stages and no designated resting points along the way. Successful riders will have demonstrated an exceptional ability to produce quality athletic performance with a bare minimum of sleep in what becomes a tortuous struggle between the body and the mind.
Sleep and rest are in short supply with riders churning out the miles in pursuit of ultimate quest of making the finish line back in Meath after a complete circumnavigation of Ireland’s coastal road network.
The route of the Race Around Ireland begins at Trim Castle in Ireland’s Ancient East and explores the epic scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way on the western coastline before looping back up through Munster to finish in Moynalty, Co Meath.
In total the 2,150km route touches 24 counties in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The only marginally less daunting Irish Ultra Challenge run at the same time is a 1100km non-stop slog through the Northern half of the island.
The event has captured the imagination of the exclusive international club of ultra-marathon cyclists and a growing band of Irish competitors have now earned the much-coveted RAI finisher’s medal.
This year’s event will play host to over 90 riders including 18 intrepid men and women in the solo category.
See here for full details on how to enter.