Wild Mayo Ultra Cycling Challenge Attracts International Riders 

The Wild Mayo Ultra Cycling Challenge has attracted several international riders ahead of the event on May 12th and 13th. 

One of the toughest endurance cycling challenges in Ireland, the Wild Mayo Ultra has been added to Ireland’s Ultra Cycling Trilogy that includes the grueling Donegal 555 and Mondello 24hr events. 

Starting and finishing on Mill Street at Westport, the Mariner Hotel will be Race HQ as riders take on the mammoth challenge along the scenic hills and mountains around the Co. Mayo town.  

With four distances to choose from, there is something for everyone who has an interest in going long on the bike.   

The 200km route is aimed towards many cyclists who enjoy a regular Sunday spin or who are looking to challenge themselves. 

The 300km route will most definitely challenge riders as the steep climbing hills of Achill will test any chink in the armour.  

Some riders will compete in the pairs category in the 200 and 300k distances and pairs can change like a relay team over the course of the event  

The 650 and 500km routes will challenge even the strongest of riders and represent a massive achievement for each ridercompeting. Riders from the UK, Netherlands and France will take to the start line Westport.

Event organiser Padraig Marrey said: 

“Ultra cycling allows participants to go deep, go further, go harder and challenge themselves whilst having the safety net of a backup crew and vehicle to support them. In 2023 we are offering four routes for the Wild Mayo Ultra, to cater for the growing demand from cyclists to go long, to push themselves and to see how far they can go.”  
“Completing an Ultra event is one of the most personal and satisfying experiences, be it as a solo rider or on a team. A lot of participants use Ultra events to fundraise for a charity and this helps give purpose for completing these tough events. By using the routes from the Wild Mayo Ultra, we promise it will push the body and mind to the limit but will satisfy the soul! The beautiful scenery will help to take their mind off the difficulty encountered on the challenge.” 

More information can be found here.