One of the greatest pleasures of taking part in any cycling sportive, along with experiencing different roads and scenery is meeting new cyclists and listening to their stories.
Last Sunday as we rode along in the Bobby Power Commerative Cycle I began chatting to a former GAA man from Kilmacow who has swapped the hurley for the handlebars. As we spoke about everything and anything he mentioned having walked the Camino in Spain previously and then cycling the Wild Atlantic Way this summer. This casual statement needed further investigation.
The Wild Atlantic Way is 2500km long and follows the Atlantic coast of Ireland from Kinsale to Derry, or Derry to Kinsale if you fancy a prevailing headwind. It is a fully signposted route that offers any visitor some of the most spectacular scenery in the World. Cycling South to North also keeps you closer to that scenery.
Having cycled much of the WAW in stages myself over the past year I was keen to hear more about the experience of cycling the entire route and my companion from Kilmacow did not disappoint.
He managed to cover the entire route in 15 days by cycling just over 160k per day. As he said, this may seem like a lot but when you give yourself all day to do it most cyclists with enough training could easily manage it.
Staying in mostly hostels and B&B’s along the way offered the opportunity to meet all types of people from all over the World. It is always amazing how many people travel from the other side of the World to experience what we take for granted on our doorstep.
His wife joined him for the final two days and they stayed in hotels.
The average daily cost whilst on his own was €40 per day for food and accommodation. That’s just €600 for the 15 days.
When you stop and think about it this man gave himself the experience of a lifetime and a holiday that he would be stronger and fitter from, saw some of the most spectacular sights in the World and all for the price of a weekend booze up in a Capital city.
He compared it favourably with the experience of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Perhaps we have our very own Camino here at home.
If you’re looking for a holiday experience away from sunburn and swimming pools for next summer or if you crave a challenge that will leave you satisfied and invigorated for years afterwards, cycling the Wild Atlantic Way may just be it !
Explore what the Wild Atlantic Way route has to offer HERE
Read more about people who have cycled the WAW ;
Mark Graham from Tramore recently journaled his fabulous experience cycling the WAW on a wooden bike for the Irish Independant here