WAWA 2100

Date for Registration: Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Ride Dates: THURSDAY 4th to FRIDAY 12th July 2024

Final Closing Time: 2:00am Saturday 13th July

Start: Kinsale Sports Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork

Organiser: Eamon Nealon

Register your Interest: wawa.july.2024@gmail.com

Please send an e-mail to the above address to register your interest, and reserve your place. The organisers will then furnish details of the event in due course and a deposit will be required to secure your place.
The Wild Atlantic Way Audax will host a maximum of 100 riders.  If applications exceed this number, there will be a lottery to decide who will get a place on the event. In order to be economically viable, we do need to have close to 100 participants, so best of luck, please register your interest, and here’s hoping it goes ahead.

Eamon, Seamus and Paul

Mobile: 087 2439115 (Int ++353 87 2439115)

All entries must be made on Eventmaster only.  Cycling Ireland Licence is required.  One-Event Licence is available for €20 if required, this will be charged automatically on Eventmaster if you do not provide a valid current Cycling Ireland Licence Number. The One-Event Licence will cover the full event, only one is required.

Eventmaster Link: to follow later

Entry Fee: €525 

Ride with GPS Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45006399

Route Description:

The Wild Atlantic Way Audax route follows the West of Ireland Tourist Trail from South to North. The route takes in 3 of the 4 Irish Provinces, starting in Munster, passing through Connaught, and finishing in Ulster. It goes without saying, that the scenery throughout the route is superb along the rugged edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Basic instructions for route-finding – Keep the water on your left.

The event begins in Kinsale and follows the South Coast to Baltimore, through the spectacular scenery of West Cork, and out to Mizen Head (start of the classic Irish End-to-End), and then on to do a lap of the Sheeps Head and Beara Peninsulas.

Bantry at 250k is the first overnight Control.

30k after Bantry, the route crosses from Co. Cork into Co. Kerry over the iconic climb of the Healy Pass, and then follows the Ring of Kerry through Waterville, hopefully with views of the Skellig Rocks, to the second overnight stop at Dingle. On the way, you’ll pass through Annascaul, the home village of famous Antartic explorer Tom Crean. Depending on how you’re feeling, this stop can be at 525k before doing the loop of the Dingle Peninsula, or at 567k after the loop.

Leaving Dingle, you’ll have the 10km climb of the Conor Pass to contend with, followed by a fantastic descent to make it all worthwhile. At 695k, you will come to the Tarbert Ferry crossing the Shannon Estuary, which will bring the riders from Co. Kerry into Co. Clare. On the way, the route takes a short out and back to the westernmost point of Co. Clare, Aill na Brun at 750km.

We then follow the West coast of Co. Clare, passing Trump International Hotel at 790km in case you’re in need of rest or sustenance ! This section of the route also passes some of the best known attractions in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Caves, Aran Islands and then into Co. Galway (and the Province of Connaught) at 880k.

Kinvara 886k is the third overnight Control. After Kinvara, the route continues around Galway Bay, through Galway City, and on around West Galway, through Roundstone, to the 4th overnight control at Claddaghduff 1073k.

After leaving the Control we cross into Co. Mayo at 1131k. Then follow Clew Bay, and on to Achill Island for the 5th overnight Control, again with 2 options to choose from, either at 1235k before the 75k loop of Achill, or after it, at 1310k.

We then cross the remote wilderness of the Wild Nephin National Park, followed by a 42k out and back to Black Sod and then pass the Ceide Fields before arriving in Ballina at 1556k for the 6th night.

After Ballina, we enter Co. Sligo at 1562k, and then into Co. Donegal and the province of Ulster at 1695k. This is a long day, with 292km to bring us to the next night Control at Lackenagh, at 1848k.

At this stage, riders should hopefully be starting to feel like they are getting close to the Finish ! Day 8 takes us around the North West Coast, passing Glenveagh National Park, Fanad Head, and the glacial fjord of Lough Swilly, to Rathmullan Ferry at 1982k, and then on to the 8th night Control in Buncrana at 1990k.

60k after Buncrana, you will finally arrive at Malin Head, (2049k) to complete the Irish End-to-End which you started 1870k ago ! At 2092k, we arrive at Lough Foyle, the sea lough which separates the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland for the final 36k, and finally the route crosses the Border into Northern Ireland at Muff for the last 10km to the Finish in Derry at 2120k.

If you’ve made it this far, WELL DONE on an epic achievement, and we hope you have enjoyed the ride, and the amazing scenery that the West of Ireland has to offer.  Maybe you would like to come back again some time, on a more leisurely visit, to see some of the attractions in more detail !

The Wild Atlantic Way Tourist Website includes a lot of information which riders might find useful, including details of Ferries, Flights, Accommodation etc, together with general information on the Tourist route. https://www.thewildatlanticway.com/

Rules, and other info !

1.There will be 3 drop bag Controls on the event, at Dingle, Claddaghduff and Ballina.
2.Riders can avail of a sleep the night before the event in Kinsale Sports Hall, also the venue for Registration.
3.Riders will be provided with a GPS Tracker.
4.Food at shelters along the event, with a continental breakfast in the mornings, cereals, tea, coffee, toast etc, with extra bonus on some days of a full Irish Breakfast.
5.Custom Trophy for all finishers.
6.Audax Medal an extra bonus for completing the iconic End-to-End while on the route (Mizen Head to Malin Head).
7.Social night at the halfway point in Achill for the riders.
8.Party gathering on the finishing night.
9.Bike boxes will be transported from the Start to the Finish, together with any extra belongings they can fit in their bike box.
10.Overnight Controls will be at the following locations: Bantry, Dingle, Kinvarra, Claddaghduff, Achill, Ballina, Lackenagh. They will only be open at specific times.
11.Min distance of 240km per day, as event will be cycled at the minimum average of 10kph.
12.2 Ferry crossings included, Riders may not cross the Shannon before day 3.
13.After Shannon Ferry crossing, Riders are free to ride to the Audax maximum of 30kph, but the sleep controls may not be open when they arrive.
14.Riders personal Bivi Tent, Mattress, and Bivi bag, will be available to the riders at all controls.
15.Tri bars are allowed, with the understanding that they must be used in a safe manner.  In the interests of safety, they must not be used while riding in a group, and Time Penalties will be incurred for misuse.

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