Join us for three days of cycling through Westport and Connemara. We will be based at the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport. Taking in history, beauty and of course - a slight challenge with a large measure of craic!
Based from Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, this three day adventure through Westport and Connemara is not only an opportunity to support a great cause, but also a chance to push yourself physically either as an individual, a group of friends or as a corporate team!
Day 1 Route, Distance 77.49km
DAY ONE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH 2019 - Total 77.49km This is an awesome alternative cycle route that is only 80km. The route takes you through Furnace fisheries, Shramore woods, Beltra lake and Newport! Loads to see and great places along the cycle to stop for packed lunch.
DAY TWO FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH 2019 - Total 126.93km This is the Achill Island day. Heading west you will cycle the main road to Newport Town and then onto Mulranny. This first part is relatively flat but more than likely you will have the West wind to contend with. Just after Mulranny you will take a left turn onto the Currane loop. This is the first part of the Atlantic drive. Expect beautiful scenery , cliff edge, and a little history as you pass the Spanish Armada memorial . As you cycle on you will be taking a right turn after the GAA pith heading towards Achill Sound. You then take a left into the Sound and over the bridge onto the Island. Next you follow the signs for the Wild Atlantic Way which will be a left turn after the Sound and follow the coastline all the way to Keel. This is a class cycle with a few hills. After completing the Wild Atlantic Way you take the main road all the way home. View More On Map My Ride
Day Three Route( Short), Distance 70.5km
DAY THREE - SHORT SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH 2019 - Total 70.5km
This is the route for the Medio Fondo ( Gran Fondo short distance ). For this route cyclists take the right turn for Louisburgh before the village of Leenaun. They then continue on the same route home as the Gran Fondo, passing Aasleigh Falls , Delphi , Sheffrey climb and back to Westport. View More On Map My Ride
Day Three Route (Long), Distance 122.3km
DAY THREE - LONG SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH 2019 - Total 122.3km This is the Westport Gran Fondo Route ( long course ). Starting in Westport - group cycles to Leenaun. This road is quite exposed to wind but very scenic with Partry Mountains to your left and Sheffrey Mountains on your right. Leaving Leenaun you have Killary Fjord on your right as you continue on towards Killary adventure centre. About 2 km after Killary Adventure Centre you take a right turn for TullyCross with nice views on the climb up to Tully of the Atlantic! You then descend into LetterFrack and take a left turn onto the main Clifden road and your now heading back towards Leenaun. On this section you will pass Kylemore Abbey. It's a bit of a climb back to Killary and then a very fast road to Leenaun again. Heading back towards Westport direction and after 3 km you take a left for Aasleigh Falls. You are now on the road towards Louisburgh and you will be passing Delphi Adventure Centre after approx 8km. As you cycle on another 3km you will be taking a right turn for Sheffrey ( this is the climb ) and once on this road continue straight until you meet the main N59 Westport road again about 20km later. This section is a secondary road with tight roads , corners and sheep. When you reach the N 59 you take a left for Westport and it's all down hill to Town! View More On Map My Ride