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John Meyler takes on the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif
By Sinéad Goldrick
13 Aug 2018,
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Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast John Meyler gets in gear for Ireland’s greatest cycling event
John Meyler has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland and Ride Wild to launch the September Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif. Taking place from 8th to 26th (26th inclusive) of September, the Sportif passes through some of the most spectacular coastline and seascapes spanning Co. Cork to Co. Donegal.
The fully supported event is open to female and male leisure cyclists, amateurs and those who simply want to challenge themselves to an epic adventure on one of the longest and most stunning touring routes in the world. Participants will enjoy an incredible journey, combined with fantastic food experiences and the warmest welcomes the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
The multi-stage event, spanning over 2000km will immerse cyclists in the unique cultural tapestry of the towns and villages along the route. Over the 16 stages, female and male cyclists will experience the stunning coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way including areas of great natural beauty such as Valentia and Achill Islands and 5 Classic Climbs including Sheep’s Head, Beara Peninsula, Coominaspic, Conor Pass and Glengesh Pass. Participants will also pass 8 lighthouses, 15 Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points and 255 towns and villages.
Commenting on the September Sportif, Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast, John Meyler said:
“I’m a huge fan of the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif, it’s fantastic to get into the fresh air on the bike and completely switch off and enjoy the experience of the Sportif. Taking in the spectacular views and building friendships, this an adventure all cyclists, regardless of level, should embrace. This will be my second time taking part in the Sportif, and it’s a rewarding and enjoyable challenge that enriches your appreciation for the natural beauty and amazing communities and towns of the Wild Atlantic Way.”
Fiona Monaghan, Head of Product Development - Activities at Fáilte Ireland commented:
“We are delighted to see so many cyclists from both home and abroad taking up the challenge of cycling the Wild Atlantic Way. This is the third time the event has been held, attracting cyclists along the full length of the route and helping tourism businesses in the region to stay open longer, beyond the summer season.”
Michael O'Boyle, Tour Director at Ride Wild, stated:
“This is a must for all cycling enthusiasts. The September Sportif brings together all the best components of cycling including amazing scenery, the comradery and the culinary experience. An unforgettable adventure awaits for those who join us on the Sportif.”
Entry to the multi-day event will include accommodation, meals and the official cycling kit. The kit consists of a cycling jersey and shower jacket. Participating cyclists will also receive a kit, laundry service and bag transfers as well as paramedic and mechanical support where required. The costs for these services will be included in cyclists’ registration fee. The cost for a Day Stage Cyclist is 75 Euro and the cost for the Block of 4 Stages is 695 Euro. The Day stage cyclist receives 2 pieces of kit, lunch at the official lunch stop and a return transfer at the end of the stage. The Block cyclists have 5 nights accommodation B&B, 4 evening dinners, lunch at the official lunch stop each day, 2 pieces of kit (Jersey and shower jacket) and a return transfer the morning after their Block finishes back to their starting point.
The support services are included in the prices. Transfers will be provided back to route start daily.
Cyclists can register for any stage up to the day before. Any club that enters 10 cyclists in the event will receive two free entries. See www.wildatlanticwaycyclesportif.ie for 2018 registration information.
For more information contact:
Oisin Langan / Sinead Goldrick / Sophie Eustace – Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif Press Office
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively Call 01-6690030
Shauna Cunningham - Fáilte Ireland
Michael O’Boyle – Ride Wild
Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif 2018 (2,058 km)
Single Day Stage: €75.00
Block of 4 Stages including overnights: €695.00
There are 3 Transition Days during the Tour, when we have a change - over of Block Cyclists. Wednesday 12th/Monday 17th/Saturday 22nd, where we are not on the road.
The Time Markers allow a shorter route to the finish for slower cyclists. As we provide a return coach transfer for Day Stage Cyclists, these time markers are essential to keep to the schedule for the day. We try to facilitate all cyclists to make the time markers so as to complete the stage.
Wild Atlantic Way:
* The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world, stretching 2,500km from Inishowen in Donegal to Kinsale in West Cork.
* The region, which covers nine counties and three provinces, was officially launched in 2014 and immediately captured the imagination of visitors from home and abroad. It seems clear that this was the place we all longed for.
* Visitors are encouraged to Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life. This is a place that helps you get away from it all, no matter how short your stay. The elemental nature of the landscape immerses you completely so that from the very moment you arrive, your outlook changes. You’re different, you open up to new experiences and start to truly live in the moment.
* The sensational natural beauty, vibrant culture and warm welcome makes it the perfect place to take stock, to slow down and to reconnect with the people and things that really matter to you. Quite simply, this is where memories are made.
* A visit to the Wild Atlantic Way is all about leaving behind the hectic pace of life. It’s the perfect tonic to the everyday 9-5. Somewhere you can relax, breathe and celebrate all that’s great about life.
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