Pay Attention! If the Ocean is on your left and you have a tailwind you’re going the wrong way. That’s rule number one for the TransAtlantic Way…
UPDATE (Race Recap): The 2017 TransAtlantic Way riders experienced no lack of surprises this year, including some late night collisions with sheep and deer, so we hear. Bernd Paul’s 2016 record has been beaten this year by Bjoern Lenhard with an unofficial time of 6 days, 1 hour, and 24 minutes. Bernd Paul and Luke Allen followed closely behind with unofficial times of 6 days, 7 hours, and 52 minutes and 6 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes, respectively. For an in-depth look at the first 6 days of the race, check out two time TransContinental veteran James Hayden’s race analysis videos. Congratulations to Victoria Mayes, who is the first unsupported, solo female rider to complete the route with an unofficial finish time of 9 days, 22 hours, and 27 minutes.
The TransAtlantic Way is a one stage self-supported road race that starts in Dublin and heads north to Derry before joining the Wild-Atlantic Way, Ireland’s new coastal route. The race route covers the west coast of Ireland taking in seven counties with a checkpoint at either end. The route covers 2218km/1550 miles with 20,205m/66,293ft of climbing that is “purposefully fed into prevailing winds.”
Summing the route up, Jason Woodhouse, who came in 9th place in 2015, said:
“A mixture of postcard villages made welcoming breakfast stops in daily sprints across the wild spooky landscape that Luke Skywalker called home in The Force Awakens. With stunning coastal vistas rolling around every corner of emerald green smugglers coves, it’s difficult to stay disciplined, to keep on the bike, and not stop for photos with the occasional tourists road tripping the route.” (road.cc)