Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I do the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race unsupported?

No. You must have a support crew.

  • How many people must I have on my support crew?

You must have a minimum of 2 but we would strongly suggest you have more than this, as your crew will have a lot of responsibilities and they will need to rest also.

  • How many support vehicles do I need to have?

You need a minimum of 1 vehicle as it is mandatory to have a vehicle following the rider during hours of darkness.

  • Can my follow vehicle be a campervan?

No. There are parts of the route which are restricted to campervans under race rules.

  • Are motorcycles allowed as support vehicles?


  • Is there an age-limit on entrants?

Any rider participating in the race must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • What are the time limits for the races?

All races have a time limit of 40 hours from the time the rider/team leave the race start line.

Remember that once the clock starts at the beginning of the race, it doesn’t stop until you reach the finish line. This means that the average speeds will include any stoppages.

A cut off point is in place at St.Michael’s GAA Ground, Dunfanaghy (316km) at 08:00 on Saturday 24th June.

  • Is the route marked?

No. Part of the challenge of a race like this is navigation. You be given a detailed route map and you will have access to the GPS file prior to the race.

  • How do we navigate?

The primary method of navigation is by using the detailed routebook which you will be supplied with at the start. GPS navigation is also a very useful tool but the routebook should be the main tool for navigation.

  • Can I change crew members during the Race?

Yes, however the race organisation must be supplied with all relevant details and paperwork before the race begins.

  • What does the pre-race Registration and Inspection consist of?

Registration and Inspection will take place on Thursday 21st June 2018 at Race HQ between 16:00-19:00. All racers and crew are required to be at the Registration and Inspection, waivers will be completed and all documentation (drivers licence/vehicle details) will be checked. A vehicle inspection will also take place.

  • What is the Racer and Crew briefing?

The Racer and Crew briefing will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on the evening of Thursday 21st June 2018 at 19:30. It is mandatory for all racers and crew members to be present at this meeting as we will be going through some important aspects of the race and last minute details.

  • Where and when does the Race start?

The Race will begin at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Friday morning 22nd June 2018. Solo racers and teams will leave the startline at 1 minute intervals. The start order is TBC.

  • What happens if one of the racers on our team can’t take part for some reason?

You can change racers as much as you want before Registration and Inspection. A 4-person team can start the race with 3 or 4 racers, an 8-person team can start with 6+ riders.

  • Do all racers on a team need to finish?

No. A team needs just one racer to complete the race in order to be classed as official finishers.

  • Are Time Stations manned?

Not all, crew are responsible for notifying race control as and when they pass through check points via text message. Web tracking is also in place.

  • When do I rest and where can I sleep?

The clock is always running so rest and sleep periods are at the discretion of the rider, team and crew. Rest will vary depending on the conditioning and fitness of each participant. It must be noted that crew members (those driving a support vehicle) must also rest and avoid driver fatigue so it is recommended that teams have a rest/sleep plan in place prior to the event.

Particpants can book their own accommodation along the route; where accommodation is off the marked route, a crew member must notify the race director of location and expectated duration of stop.


The regulations cover all the important information on the race course and technical requirements. To make it easier, we have compiled a list of items you need to prepare for the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race.


  • 1 escort vehicle;
  • 2 crew member;
  • lights for bike and all other safety equipment described in the rules;
  • 1 other racing bike with lighting system incl. spare batteries (the bike may be changed during the race);
  • clothing for all weather conditions, including high-viz for night riding;
  • food for athlete and crew;
  • mobile phones to text/call the Race Control;
  • reflecting safety vest for all crew members (at night);
  • navigational system for GPS track;
  • simple radio equipment between escort vehicle and rider;
  • flashing orange light for roof of support vehicle;
  • First Aid kit.


  • GPS Tracker (to be returned at the end of the Race);
  • Rule Book;
  • Route Book with the full route marked;
  • Detailed online route maps and gps files;
  • Opportunities along the route to change clothes and shower (for instance at partner Hotels);
  • Signage and stickers for support vehicle, with your personalised racer number. (If you have more than 1 Support Vehicle, please let us know in advance and you must purchase one extra Vehicle Signage Kit for each vehicle);
  • “CAUTION BICYCLES AHEAD” sign for the back of support vehicles;
  • Finisher’s medal for racers who officially finish within 40 Hours;
  • Trophies for Solo  1st, 2nd and 3rd; Teams 1st.

Please make sure you have read and understand the rules which are available to view here DAWUR 2017 Rules & Regulations


Ultra Cycling 555km of Donegals Wild Atlantic Way

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