Did you know that any bike event or ride longer than a century ride, which is 100 miles (160 km), is considered to be ultra-distance cycling? Wild Mayo Ultra will host three options for ultra-cycling this May 13th and 14th, a 200km, 300km and a 650km route, with the option to take on the distance solo, paired, or, in the case of the 650km route, with a team of four or more.
Starting and finishing in Westport, these routes will take in some of the most beautiful roads in Ireland and give you the Wild Atlantic experience you didn’t know you needed. Now you know what the Wild Mayo Ultra is, here are a few reasons for you to consider signing up for the event!
Are you craving something different? Do you want a new challenge? Taking on the 650km route will give you the opportunity to complete an entire lap of County Mayo. It’s a challenging route which includes some spectacular climbs, many of which are also contained in the 200km and 300km routes, although it is estimated these can be completed within daylight hours.
An adventure it may be, but the Mayo Ultra is also a challenging event! The 200km route is achievable for many cyclists who enjoy a regular Sunday spin or long distance ride and are looking to challenge themselves.
The 300km route will most definitely test riders. While it is achievable for most with the right training and preparation, it is a definite choice of event for those who wish to whet their appetite for ultra-cycling.
The 650km route is not for the faint hearted. The hills and scenery will surely take your breath away but the pride and achievement of completing this route far outweighs the grit, determination and focus required to even get to the start line of the event.
The Wild Mayo Ultra will allow you to push your own boundaries and take the road less travelled! It’s just you against the route, unless of course you’re taking part as a team, but the scenery is sure to help keep your mind off the effort.
Mayo boasts the longest stretch of coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way. By taking on the challenge of the Wild Mayo Ultra, you’ll get to experience the iconic coastal scenery by bike. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this recent post shared by the Mayo Ultra Facebook page to get a sneak peek at some of the views you’ll experience: https://tinyurl.com/bddpxwku
Why not make a weekend of it and bring family or friends to explore the county when you’ve completed the challenge. Just take a look at https://www.raceface.ie/wild-mayo-ultra-650k-route-description/ for that final bit of inspiration.
Westport – The Adventure Capital of the West
Starting and finishing in the Heritage Town of Westport, you’ll be hard pressed not to get swept up in the town’s friendly atmosphere. Situated in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay, the town is host to a variety of pubs and restaurants, blue flag beaches, and, of course, one of Europe’s best known pilgrimages, Croagh Patrick. The hotels and guest houses make it an excellent base for touring the wider area.
Include Your Team
Many long distance events are often considered individual endeavours. However, whether you are taking on any of the Mayo Ultra routes solo, in a pair, or part of a team of four or more, every athlete knows it takes a village to get to the start line.
Work together with your partner or team to put the best plan in place to complete the Mayo Ultra as smoothly as possible.
Meanwhile, your friends and family who can’t attend the event on the day, but have witnessed all your hard work to get to the start line, will be able to easily track your progress as you navigate the route.
There are endless reasons to take the plunge into the world of ultra-cycling. We’ve narrowed them down to five for the time being. So, are you ready to take on the Wild Mayo Ultra in 2022? Take the first step and sign up for the first adventure of the Summer!