Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race

The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is an ultra cycling event along 555km of rugged and beautiful Donegal Wild Atlantic Way coastline.

On Friday 23rd June 2017, cyclists from all over Ireland, UK and abroad will line up in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal to take on one of the ultimate endurance challenges on the island of Ireland.

The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race route follows the Wild Atlantic Way around the stunning coastline of Donegal. Competitors will depart Letterkenny and take on some of the most scenic roadways to be found anywhere in the World. The route takes you past Malin head, Mamore Gap, Knockalla, Atlantic Drive, Horn Head, Carrickfin, Glengesh Pass, Sliabh League and Barnesmore Gap all within 40 hours.

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The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is designed to be a stepping stone for anyone looking to take on Race Around Ireland or other ultra cycling events such as RAAM.

The event is open to solo racers, 2-person,  3/4 person and 6-8 person teams. While the solo category is aimed at serious athletes, the team categories are very open to cyclists of all abilities. Racers in the team categories cycle in a relay format (not in a pair/team of four together, etc) with frequency of change over being at the discretion of the team and crew.


  • Solo (Men, Women)
  • Two Person Team (Men, Women, Mixed)
  • Three/Four Person Team (Men, Women, Mixed)
  • Six – Eight Person Team (Men, Women, Mixed)

Race Program 2017

  • Thursday 22nd June:  Sign on in Mount Errigal Hotel between 16:00-19:00, including safety check for racers and support crew. Race brief 19:30.
  • Friday 23rd June: Race start at 10:00. Competitors set off at 1 minute intervals.
  • Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June:  Race in Progress
  • Sunday 25th June: Race Concludes

All racers must finish within the allowed time to be considered an official Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race Finisher.

Time Allowance

The time allowance is 40 hours for all categories, with a cut off point in place at St.Michael’s GAA Ground, Dunfanaghy (316km) at 08:00 on Saturday 24th June.

Ultra Cycling 555km of Donegals Wild Atlantic Way