Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about riding the Ireland End-to-End? This section should help with the most common queries. For anything else contact us. We love to talk!
Am I fit enough for the Ireland End-to-End?
Probably! If you’re even asking the question. Or at least you will be able to get fit enough with a little practise. See the blog post on the very subject - http://www.wildatlanticcycling.com/blog/2018/10/29/training-for-mizmal
Should I do the Ireland-End-to-End in 7 or 12 days?
The 7 Day tour consists of 7 full days of cycling. It is quite challenging with some longer days in the saddle. Days vary, but generally the route has some climbs of medium difficulty and a few which are challenging. You will most likely need to train for the event and ensure you are fit enough to complete the distance and climbing. The total distance is 575 miles, averaging 90 miles per day. The total elevation is 28,000 feet, averaging 4,000 feet per day.
The 12 Day Tour consists of 12 full days of cycling. It is a moderately challenging tour. Some days do include moderate climbs and medium level distances. Depending on how regularly you cycle and what distances you are used to, you will most likely need to do some training. Don’t forget you have 12 days in a row without a rest day.The total distance is 600 miles averaging 50 miles per day. The total elevation is 31,000 feet averaging 2,580 feet per day.
Do I have to ride at a certain speed?
No. We cater for all levels of riding style.
What type of bike should I ride?
Most ride the Ireland End-to-End on good quality road bikes.
What tyres should I have on my Road Bike?
We suggest a minimum of 25mm.
What are road surfaces like?
All routes are on roads with tarmac. Varying in quality from course tarmac with occasional potholes, to smooth and well maintained. A small number of sections have grass up the middle (adds to the fun!).
How many people are in the group?
Our groups are usually between 16 and 24 people, consisting of solo cyclists, pairs, small groups of friends and club groups.
Can I come on my own?
By all means. Many people do. You are free to make new friends and riding buddies, or cycle solo if you wish. We support you whatever!
Must I wear a helmet?
We highly recommend that you always wear a helmet for your own safety. Wearing of helmets is not a legal requirement in Ireland.
Can I hire a bike?
We strongly encourage people to bring their own bikes. However, in exceptional cases we may be able to provide bike hire. Please contact us to discuss your options.
Can I bring my own an E-bike?
From experience we have found that e-bikes and non e-bikes together on one tour is impractical for a range of reasons.
Where do people travel from to ride MizMal with Wild Atlantic Cycling?
Lots of places! We regularly get cyclists from England, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland.
How do I follow the route?
We send turn-by-turn electronic route files in advance (GPX format). You can upload these to your bike GPS. Alternatively you can rent a bike GPS from us with the routes pre-loaded. We will fit these to your bike. We also send links to the routes from which you may wish to print out the generated cue instructions.
What’s the average age of cyclists?
We get a range of ages on both 7 and 12 day tours. Our youngest was 19 and our oldest 76!
Can I ride the route in support of a cause or charity?
Yes! Some folk take part in this wonderful challenge in support of a cause or charity. We have some information on our Causes page and also a blog from Brian about his efforts in supporting a charity called Sands. Let us know and we will support in whatever way we can.
Have a look at our Photos page to give yo a visual flavour of this fantastic experience!