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Video: Ireland looks like the Riviera in this new cycling mini movie

Posted on: November 30th, 2017

Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif in stunning video

The great weather combines with the Irish coastline and landscape to throw up some really stirring images of cycling up the country. Ireland really is stunning when seen like this.

 

Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif in stunning video

 

Having enjoyed a fantastic debut under blue skies at the end of the summer, the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif looks fantastic in this new clip.

The great weather combines with the landscape to throw up some really stirring images.

It’s effectively a highlights clip of the event, featuring the riders who took on the inaugural event.

And at just over four minutes in length, it offers an extended insight into the event and the west of Ireland coastline.

 



Next year will see two editions of the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif; in April and against in September.

Both will be run over 20 days, taking the participants 2,152km from in Kinsale, Co Cork, to the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal.

Fáilte Ireland is planning to invest €650,000 in the initiative between now and 2020. The ambition is to grow the average number of cyclists per day from 300 in 2018 to 1,000 by 2020.

And Fáilte Ireland expects the event to become self-financing as it matures. They believe it will become an established bucket-list experience over time.

Fiona Monaghan head of Wild Atlantic Way at Fáilte Ireland said the event was aimed at encouraging Irish people and foreign visitors alike to take on the event as a cycling holiday.

“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,” she said.

The shoulder months is that period just before and after the traditional holiday season.



“This (event) is a real bonus for areas outside the traditional tourist hotspots,” added Fiona Monaghan.

“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.”

Those looking to take part in the events next spring on autumn can ride one of the stages or all of them; or indeed any number of their choice.

While it is being backed the national tourism body, the event is organised by tour company Ride Wild.

Its cycling director Michael O’Boyle said the event was already being embraced by cyclists and the communities along the route.

He added it was a fully-supported event 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,” he said.

His company looks after all of the participant accommodation needs, with vehicles moving with the riders to transport their baggage and offer any support, including of bikes need to be fixed, along the way.

He said places like West Cork and Kerry, not to mention The Burren, Connemara and Achill had already proven a huge hit.

“We spend four stages navigating the Donegal coastline, parts of which even Irish cyclists may not have experienced,” he added.

“But it’s truly magical out there, it’s a cyclist’s dream despite the small matter of the Glengesh Pass and Mamore Gap.”

For more information: wildatlanticwaycyclesportif.ie

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