Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast John Meyler
gets in gear for Ireland’s greatest cycling event
Monday August 13th, 2018: John Meyler has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland and Ride Wild to announce the September Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif. Taking place between the 8th and 26th of September, the Sportif passes along some of the most spectacular coastlines and seascapes from Kinsale in Co. Cork to Co. Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula.
The fully-supported event is open to female and male leisure and club cyclists 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. 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, cyclists will experience the stunning coastlines of the Wild Atlantic Way including areas of great natural beauty such as Valentia and Achill Islands and 5 Classic Climbs including Sheep’s Head, Coomanaspic, the Conor Pass, the Glengesh Pass and the Marmor Gap. Participants will also pass 8 lighthouses, 15 Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points and 255 towns and villages. Cyclists can sign up for individual stages or for blocks of four stages.
Commenting on the September Sportif, John Meyler, Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast, John Meyler said:
“I’m a huge fan of the Wild Altantic Way Cycle Sportif, it’s fantastic to get out in 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 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:
“The success of the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif continues to grow and 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 and beyond the summer season.”
Michael O’Boyle, Tour Director at Ride Wild, said:
“This is a must for all cycling enthusiasts. The September Sportif brings together all the best components of cycling including amazing scenery, the camaraderie and the culinary experience. An unforgettable adventure awaits those who join us on the Sportif.”
Entry to the multi-day event will include meals and the official cycling kit and luggage transfers for all cyclists with the addition of accommodation and a kit laundry service for those cycling a block of 4 stages. The kit includes a cycling jersey and shower jacket. Participating cyclists will also receive roadside paramedic and mechanical support. The costs for these services are included in cyclists’ registration fee. A single day entry costs €75. Single stage cyclists will be transferred back to their start point at the end of each stage. A block of four stages costs €695 and includes four days’ cycling and five nights’ accommodation.
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.