THE inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif got underway in Kinsale this morning as cyclists gathered to embark on the unique event which features 17 stages spanning over 2,000km of the Irish coastline.
The multi-stage Sportif is the first of its kind in Ireland and visits nine counties, including Kerry, as the participants travel from Co Cork to Co Donegal between now and September 29.
Cyclists can register for any stage up to the day before. The sportif is open to leisure cyclists, amateurs and those who simply want to challenge themselves to an epic adventure, on one of the longest and most spectacular touring routes in the world.
Over the 17 stages, cyclists will experience 2,058 of spectacular coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way taking in the following two islands (Valentia and Achill), two ferries (Valentia and Tarbert), five classic climbs (Sheep’s Head, Beara Peninsula, Coominaspic, Conor Pass, and Glengesh Pass), eight lighthouses, and fifteen Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points.
See www.wildatlanticwaycyclesportif.ie for 2017 registration information.
Above: Wild Atlantic undertaking: James Hayes, Trish McGuane and Seán O Suilleabháin embarking on the Inaugural WIld Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif.
Pic: Valerie O’Sullivan