The Race Around Ireland
Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime?
Are you looking for a unique way to cycle NON-STOP for 2,150 km (with 22,000m of climbing) around the whole of the island of Ireland?
Do you want to do this Solo?
Do you want to do it as part of a team with your friends?
Yes ….. Then Race Around Ireland is perfect for you.
What is the Race Around Ireland?
Want to know a little bit more, then read on. The Race Around Ireland is a non-stop cycling event for all level of cyclists, male or female, solo or team. People have been coming from all over the world every year for the last 9 years to take part in what has been listed as one of the “World’s Toughest Endurance Events “. Some people come back every year, others start as crew, then cycle as part of a team and the toughest of them go on to do it Solo.
Where and when does it start?
The race generally starts around the last weekend in August from Trim County Meath.
It starts in Trim, County Meath, with the imposing Trim Castle in the background (remember the Castle in the movie Braveheart?). From here the cyclists head off around the country taking in some of the most amazing scenery and historic sights,in Ireland, like Newgrange, The Causeway Coast, The Dark Hedges, Malin Head, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, the Garden County (Wicklow) and back to Moynalty in County Meath
What is different?
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.
What is the time allowance for the Race Around Ireland
Solo Women: 144 hours
Solo Men: 132 hours
2-person: 132 hours
4-person and 8-person: 96 hours
What is the Irish Ultra Challenge
The riders in the Irish Ultra Challenge have a 1,100km race
There is only a Solo division
It is perfect for someone who is intended to do RAI Solo and wants a taste of what it would be like
It is run exactly the same as RAI, the route is the same till Galway, where the Ultras then turn and head straight back to Moynalty.
This race is seen as the perfect stepping-stone into the world of ultra-cycling
What is the time allowance for the Irish Ultra Challenge
Solo Women: 74 hours
Solo Men: 68 hours
Who can enter the Race Around Ireland and the Irish Ultra Challenge?
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.
Don’t forget the Crew
The crew are a huge part, and play as big a role as the cyclist, and the event is just as rewarding for them.
Why Take Part Whether you are a Cyclistst or Crew?
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;