Transatlantic Way Bike Race

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As some of you will know, for the last several years I have taken on at least one major cycling challenge each year. This year is no exception……… I will be participating in the Transatlantic Way Bike Race

“The TransAtlanticWay is a 2500 km (1500 miles), one stage, self-supported road bike race between Dublin and Cork via The Wild Atlantic Way”

The key rules are “Riders must be fully self-supported and not receive any private outside assistance”, and “Drafting is prohibited”.

You can see my planned route (in three segments)
Dublin to Derry:
Derry to Kinsale (The Wild Atlantic Way):
Kinsale to Blarney:
(….and yes this doesn’t total to 2500 km – I assume this was a rough round number that looks good for marketing).

I shall be using a lightweight road bike carrying minimal equipment…….the clothes on my back, extra clothes to put on when it gets cold and a few for when it’s wet; a bivy bag and ultra-light inflatable mat (so I can sleep at the roadside), spare inner tubes and a few tools… get the idea. I expect to average three to four hours sleep per night. Most of my food will probably come from petrol stations and convenience stores.

The start is at 10am to Friday 17th June. There are 33 riders expected on the start line.
You can “dot watch” me (and the other 32 competitors) live: (then follow the link for TransAtlanticWay – it will appear a few days before the start)

Please forward on to anyone you think might be interested ("dot watching" is a surprisingly compelling activity!)