Wild Mayo 200, 300, 500 and 650k info 2023

The Wild Mayo Ultra has 4 routes to challenge the participant. 

The 650 and 500k start on Friday afternoon the 12th of May @14.00 and 20.00 respectively. 

The 300 and 200k start on Saturday morning May 13th. @07.00 and 08.30 respectively

The aim is to have most participants finishing outside the Mariner hotel from 16.00 to 20.30 on Saturday May 13th

Rules for 2023 events: The Wild Mayo Ultra Rules and Regulations 2023

Participant Brief 2023: The Wild Mayo Ultra event brief for all distances 2023


Live Tracking 

Looking to track the riders over the weekend, see link to tracker and time station schedule below.

Tracking links for the Wild Mayo Ultra will be available on  https://primaltracking.com/
We hope to have live links here for all the routes ASAP. 
650 – 
300 –
200 –




What categories are included in the Wild Mayo 200, 300,500 & 650 Ultra cycling challenge?

Mayo Furnace 200k:

  • Male & Female Unsupported
  • 2-person (can be mixed sex teams)

Mayo Furnace 300k:

  • Male Solo supported 
  • Female Solo supported 
  • Male & Female Unsupported 
  • 2-person (can be mixed sex teams)

Wild Mayo 500 Ultra:

  • Male Solo 
  • Female Solo 
  • Male & Female Unsupported 
  • 2-person (can be mixed sex teams)
  • 4-person (can be mixed sex teams)

Wild Mayo 650 Ultra:

  • Male Solo 
  • Female Solo 
  • Male & Female Unsupported 
  • 2-person (can be mixed sex teams)
  • 4-person (can be mixed sex teams)

Both solos and teams will carry a GPS tracker to ensure accuracy and fair play.

Start and Finish details.

Both races will start and finish at the Mariner Hotel, Mill St, Westport.

The Mayo Ultra 650: Start on Friday evening at 2pm, in the following order: Teams, pairs and solo’s all at 3min intervals. 

The Mayo Ultra 500: Start on Friday evening at 8pm, in the following order: Teams, pairs and solo’s all at 3min intervals. 

The Mayo Ultra 300: start 7am, Solo riders will depart at 3 min intervals, followed by the 2 person teams.

The 200k : start 8.30am more or more or less directly after the 300k participants: unsupported riders will depart  first followed by the supported riders. 

We want most riders finishing around the same time 16.00 to 20.30 hopefully in daylight hours,  this will add to the finishers experience as there will be more supporters around to clap you home and complement your great achievement. 

Individual start times will be listed on the website after May 10th. 


When does registration close?

May 2nd 2023 Race numbers are limited so this might close earlier.

What are the time allowances for the Wild Mayo Ultra and Furnace?

The Mayo Ultra 200 cut off is 13 hours for solo male and 17 hours for solo female.

The Mayo Ultra 300 cut off is 20 hours for solo male and 23 hours for solo female.

Cut off time for 2-person team is 20 hours.

The Wild Mayo 500 cut off is 32 hours for solo male and 35 hours for solo female.

Cut off time for 2 & 3 person teams is 32 hours. Cut off time for 4 person team is 30 hours.

The Wild Mayo 650 cut off is 40 hours for solo male and 45 hours for solo female.

Cut off time for 2 & 3 person teams is 38 hours. Cut off time for 4 person team is 36 hours.


What kind of a support crew do I need?

For the Mayo Furnace 200 riders go unsupported. 

In the 300- Solo, Solo unsupported (See rule 7 ) and 2-person category – a participant or pair can do it with no support but we recommend a support vehicle.

For the Wild Mayo 500/650 – solo, unsupported riders and 2 & 4 person teams – you will need a minimum of 1 vehicle and 2 crew members (with valid driving licence and insurance) although we would strongly suggest that you have more.

Crew members generally share the responsibilities of driving, navigation and nutrition.

Bear in mind that if you are participating as a 2-person team, when a rider has finished their section they may assume crew responsibilities.

All persons involved with driving or cycling in this event must have current Cycling Ireland membership. 

What kind of a support vehicle should I use?

Please SEE RULES for all vehicle requirements. Motorhomes (Campervan) or motorcycles cannot be used as a support (Follow) vehicle.

What are night hours?

Night hours are designated from 19:00 to 07:00AM. During this time the vehicle must follow the rider directly at all times. This is critical for safety purposes. If for some reason the crew need to stop, the rider must stop along with the crew. A rider cannot proceed along the route independently for any distance during night hours. There are no exceptions. Penalties will be instantly applied by course marshals without prior warning. Unsupported riders do not need a follow vehicle but must show that they have the required lights and high viz for their bikes. 

Please note all crew members and riders must wear reflective clothing during night hours.

SEE RULES in relation to follow vehicle auxiliary lighting during night hours.

How do I follow the route?

You can download the detailed route book and GPS file from this site after May 10th. You will also receive a detailed route book as part of your race package. 


Many riders and crew will navigate and validate their navigation using both the route book and the GPS file. The route book is the most important navigation tool. If you experience GPS discrepancies for any reason rely on your route book.

Navigation is often a challenging aspect of endurance racing so please schedule time pre-race to understand the route. Going off-course is a stressful occurrence.

What is data network coverage like on the route?

There are short sections throughout the course that have no data or cell phone coverage. We have endeavored to place timing stations in areas where there is sufficient coverage.

In those sections with poor coverage please expect GPS tracker uploads, and therefore race information, to be temporarily slower.

What is scrutiny and rider-crew sign-on?

Between 12:00 to 13:30 for 650 riders and 500,300 and 200 participants from 18:30 to 20:30 Friday May 12th for 200/300k. We have limited availability for CHECK in Saturday May 13th. 

Each solo rider or one rider in a 2-person team and one designated crew representative must present themselves at the Mariner Hotel, Mill st, Westport with ALL required paper work to receive their race package.

Once you have received your race package the rider and/or the crew representative may proceed to bicycle and car scrutiny at Westport Bike shop, Newport rd, Westport. 

Scrutiny – covers all bicycles including wheels and cars. It is a vital safety check and must be respected. If equipment and the vehicle do not meet requirements the rider/team cannot race. No exceptions. Please see RULES for all information regarding equipment requirements.

Bike and vehicle scrutiny will take place Friday May 12th between 12:30  and 13:30. It will run on a first come first served basis. Generally each scrutiny will take 15 minutes. If equipment or vehicle does not pass scrutiny, additional time may be allotted allowing the rider/team to make satisfactory adjustments.

What are the rider and crew briefings?

The briefing will take place on line on Tuesday May 9th at 20:00,  a member of the organisation can brief anyone who missed the virtual meeting at the Mariner Hotel Westport on Friday or Saturday. It is mandatory for solo riders (or 1 rider from a team) and at least one crew member to attend. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that information is shared amongst all team members. We will endeavor to make this meeting as efficient as possible so you can plan for an early evening.

It is also a chance to be introduced to your fellow riders and crews during the official sign-on.

What happens if one of our team members drops out of the race?

You will get an official time as long as one member of the team finishes the full distance.

Is there a minimum distance that each team member must ride?

No. Riding strategy is at team discretion.

What are the timing stations?

The position of all cyclists will be monitored through Web tracking.

In order to ensure accurate timing, cyclists must be escorted by their support car whenever they pass a time station. The arrival time at all time stations must also be noted in the route Official Route Book, and the crew MUST contact the supplied mobile number via text with the team number, station they are at, and the time they are at it. Eg. Team 24 T.S 5 17.36

We have endeavoured to ensure that there is adequate GPS (and cell phone) coverage at each timing station for efficient data upload. Please be aware that while each timing station has cell phone coverage it may not extend past that point.

Will the race be marshalled?

On junctions etc NO,  but we will have checkers out on route to make sure the rules are been abided. 

There will be teams of travelling marshal’s en-route. It is your responsibility to make sure all crew members read the rule-book. Rules will be enforced strictly and time penalties will apply.

There is a strict no drafting policy.