Sooooo.... About that last Transcontinental post....... Well I may have altered my plans for next year after finding out that the first ever Transcontinental style race will be taking place in Ireland next year.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the TransAtlanticWay. It’s a 2500km one stage, self-supported, road-bike race between Dublin and Cork via The Wild Atlantic Way.
The race will begin on 17th June 2016 outside Trinity College, Dublin. From here, each rider must navigate their own route to the first checkpoint in Derry. From Derry, racers head south on a designated route of The Wild Atlantic Way towards the second checkpoint, Kinsale town. From here it’s back to the racer's own navigation to the finish line at Blarney Castle, Co. Cork.
Despite being shorter than the Transcontinental, I'm under no illusion that it will be any easier. With the fierce weather of the west to deal with, along with cycling into the prevailing wind for the majority of the race, I think this will be one hell of a challenge and quite an adventure.
I'm delighted to be part of such an amazing inaugural event and I promise that there will be no more changes to my plans. Mainly because I have already paid the entrance fee ...
Check it out, my name is on the roster already :)
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry