Wild Atlantic Way 2018 Sportifs Launched

Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with cycling specialists Ride Wild, have today Nov 30th released a new high-quality video to launch the 2018 Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportifs, the first of which will begin in April 2018.
The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is Ireland’s only fully supported, multi–stage cycling event and will take place over 20 days in Spring and Autumn. The video is a showcase of the stunning landscape and challenging terrain that cyclists will experience over the 2,152km route beginning in Kinsale, Co. Cork, and ending in Muff on Co. Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula.
Speaking at the launch, Fiona Monaghan Head of Wild Atlantic Way at Fáilte Ireland said that upwards of 300 cyclists will hit the road out on the first day of the Cycle Sportif.
“The Cycle Sportif is a Fáilte Ireland initiative that was created to help promote the Wild Atlantic Way as a cycling destination of choice both internationally and domestically. One of our core aims is to attract visitors along the full length of the route during the shoulder months to generate visitor activity during those periods which will help businesses stay open longer. This is a real bonus for areas outside the traditional tourist hotspots and we have already taken a number of Full Tour registrations from Australia, the UK, the US and Canada as well of course from here at home.”
Fiona Monaghan added that participants in the Sportif will have the choice between covering the full distance (over 2,000 km) over a set number of days, completing a block of 4 stages of the Sportif over 5 days, or joining the event for a single day.
For those looking further information, they can visit our website:https://wildatlanticwaycyclesportif.ie/

Ride Wild is a cycling tour company that specialises in leisure cycling tours. The company is Ireland’s only Ride with GPS Route Ambassador, a prestigious title awarded to tour companies who demonstrate exceptional knowledge of cycling in their area. Speaking today, Ride Wild’s Cycling Director Michael O’Boyle said that the Sportif represents a fantastic opportunity not only for the cyclists who take part in the event but also for the local communities on the route to embrace with the potential of cycling tourism in Ireland.

He added:
“The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is a fully-supported, multi-day sportif designed by cyclists for cyclists; this is all about riding your bike on a truly amazing cycling route that takes in everything a cyclist could ask for, from the lush scenery of West Cork and Kerry to the rugged beauty of the Burran and Connemara and the remote coastal route around Achill and into north Mayo and Sligo – this is pure cycling. And that’s before we get to Donegal; we spend four stages navigating the Donegal coastline, parts of which even Irish cyclists may not have experienced. But it’s truly magical out there, it’s a cyclist’s dream despite the small matter of the Glengash Pass and Marmore Gap.”
The route of the Sportif will also be available online on leading cycling platforms Ride with GPS, Map My Ride, and Strava.