Date: Saturday 7th August 2021
Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****) ***
The Quiet Man 300 features the best scenery in the West of Ireland, featuring a large section of the Wild Atlantic Way. The route is not hilly, and regular Audaxers would even call it flat. However, this far west, the weather can be severe. On a good day it is an easy 300 – on a bad day it is a tough one.
Organiser: Seamus O’Dowd
Phone: 085 1740747
Starting and finishing beside The Octagon in Westport, the route takes in The Delphi Valley, Killary Harbour (where you might spot dolphins) and north Connemara on the way to Cong, where you might take a minute for a selfie with Maureen and John. On by the Ceide Fields and Ballycroy National Park to take on the Great Western Greenway back to Westport.
On the way home, with a bit of luck you’ll see the sun set behind Achill Island, before returning in time for a meal and a pint in Westport.
Route Map: Quiet Man 300 Map-2020
How to Enter
Entry Fee €5 on Eventmaster, plus €1 fees
Optional ACP or Audax Ireland Medal €7
Entry is on Eventmaster: https://eventmaster.ie/event/ZMqyTMWcZY
Cycling Ireland Licence required. A one-day Licence is available for €5.00, this will be added automatically if you do not have a valid Annual Cycling Ireland Licence Number.
Start Point: The Octagon, Westport, Co Mayo.
Start Time: 6:00am
This will be a self-supported event, which means that there are unlikely to be any manned controls, and definitely no support vehicle. However, there are plenty of options for refueling en route. Please read this page for more details on what to expect on a self-supported event.
Lights are mandatory for this event, and for all Audax Ireland events over 200km.