If you never go out to win, you will always lose. But if you try and win, you will only lose some of the time.

If you never go out to win, you will always lose. But if you try and win, you will only lose some of the time.

Race Around Ireland

The Race Around Ireland is a non-stop cycling event for all level of cyclists, male or female, solo or team.

Check out the route here: Race Around Ireland Route. People have been coming from  all over the world every year for the last 10 years to take part in what has been listed as one of the  “World’s Toughest Endurance Events “.  Some people come back every year, others start as crew, then cycle as part of a team and the toughest of them go on to do it Solo.

Where and when does it start?

The 11th edition of Race Around Ireland will start on Sunday 25th August 2019. Teams start at 2pm and Solos start at 4pm.

It starts in Trim, County Meath, with the imposing Trim Castle in the background (remember the Castle in the movie Braveheart?). From here the cyclists head off around the country taking in some of the most amazing scenery and historic sights,in Ireland,  like Newgrange, The Causeway Coast, The Dark Hedges, Malin Head, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, the Garden County (Wicklow) and back to Moynalty in County Meath.

What is different?

It really is non-stop. Solo riders will spend up to 22 hours on their bikes, while the teams rotate as part of a relay, for 24 hours a day.

What is the time allowance for the Race Around Ireland?

  • Solo Women: 144 hours
  • Solo Men: 132 hours
  • 2-person: 132 hours
  • 4-person and 8-person: 96 hours

What is the Irish Ultra Challenge?

  • The riders in the Irish Ultra Challenge have a 1,100km race
  • There is only a Solo division
  • It is perfect for someone who is intended to do RAI Solo and wants a taste of what it would be like
  • It is run exactly the same as RAI, the route is the same till Galway, where the Ultras then turn and head straight back to Moynalty.
  • This race is seen as the perfect stepping-stone into the world of ultra-cycling

What is the time allowance for the Irish Ultra Challenge?

  • Solo Women: 74 hours
  • Solo Men: 68 hours


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