SHUAN STEWART AND Sean McFadden are well-versed in the virtues of endurance events.
And in two weeks time their creation, the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra Race, takes place and you can be part of it. The course has been confirmed as 555 kilometres with 6,000 metres of elevation gain.
Registration and pricing for the event is available by clicking here. It takes place on June 24 and there are limited numbers available.
The event is open to solo racers, 2-person, 3-4 person and 8-person teams . While the solo category is aimed at serious athletes, the team categories are very open to cyclists of all abilities.[adrotate group=”39″]
Racers in the team categories cycle in a relay format (not in a pair/team of four together, etc) with frequency of change over being at the discretion of the team and crew.
Solo (Men, Women)
Two Person Team (Men, Women, Mixed)
Four Person Team (Men, Women, Mixed)
Eight Person Team (Men, Women, Mixed)
Race Program 2016
Saturday 19th March: Online Registration Opens
Thursday 23rd June: Competitors start arriving in Letterkenny. Sign on in Mount Errigal Hotel between 14:00-18:00. Race brief and safety check for racers and support crew in Mount Errigal Hotel 19:00.
Friday 24th June: Race start at 10:00. Competitors set of at 3 minute intervals.
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June: Race in Progress
Sunday 26th June: Race Concludes
All racers must finish within the allowed time to be considered an official Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race Finisher.
The Time Allowance is 60 hours for all categories, with a cut off point in place at Creeslough (305km) at 12:00 on Saturday 25th June. This cut off is in place as a safety measure.
The race will be based in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny, where the competitors will depart for Inishowen, travelling anticlockwise towards Malin head and over Mamore Gap before returning to Letterkenny via Buncrana.
The route takes you past Malin head, Mamore Gap, Knockalla, Atlantic Drive, Horn Head, Carrickfin, Glengesh Pass, Sliabh League and Barnesmore Gap.
See the video below …
Creeslough native Stewart last month won the gruelling 316-kilmetre non-stop 26 Extreme Coast to Coast in record time. It is made up for 5km run for starters, before a 107km cycle and then a 26.5km kayak. Following that, there was an additional 122km cycle and a 35km across the Mourne mountains in darkness.
And McFadden, from Letterkenny, won The Race in 2015- Ireland’s first 24-hour endurance event, which takes place in Donegal each March that involved a 250-km run, kayak, scale of Muckish Mountain and cycle around the county in the bare elements.
One man who has confirmed he will take part is Joe Barr, who is from Burt and a former professional cyclist who now specialises in endurance cycling. In 2009 he completed the solo Race Around Ireland for Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
That event was made into a documentary …
Eunan Quinn from Ballybofey – and a member of Finn Wheelers – is the current record holder for Ironman time for a Donegal man and will be in the saddle in June.