What to expect at Westportif 2016

The Westportif routes are some of the most spectacular in the country, with mountains, lakes, valleys and scenery that will take your breath away.

We have 3 distances to choose from 80km, 120km & 160km

Westportif safety map

Here is a brief look at each distance and what it will take to get around the course.

Remember to eat and drink well the 24hrs before the event and don’t over do the alcohol consumption.

The 80k Warrior route (Known locally as the Ring of the Reek) is pretty flat with only a few drags and one small hill to get over. The food stop comes just after the half way mark at 45k so its nice to know the 2nd half is that bit shorter.

80k route

This route is easily doable for a beginner, the key is pacing, while at the start you will be fresh and eager this is the time to hold back and not to get carried away by following the faster sportifers.

Key is to drink before your thirsty and eat before your hungry!

Take a drink every 10-15mins, eat a HIGH 5 bar or piece of fruit in the first hour this will keep the energy levels topped up.

At the Food stop, there will be a variety of snacks, sandwiches, fruit and teas &Coffee, our recommendation is have a sandwich and cup of hot drink, avoid the temptation to over eat because if you do you will feel slow and sluggish when you get back on the bike and make the return journey home very long…

Remember to keep warm at the food stop, you will be quite warm after cycling 45k and once you stop your body temperature drops quite fast, make sure to put on a gilet (sleeveless jacket) or rain cape.

Once you get back on the bike after the food stop give yourself a few kms to get going, our recommendation is to wait to Ashleigh falls then pull in and take off your cape or gilet and while you’re at it make sure to take a picture of the lovely falls.

The last 28k home is pretty flat and hopefully you will have a tailwind home.

The last 2k home is neutralized so heed the warning signs and marshals.         When you finish enjoy the Westportif village and relax and enjoy the banter outside the Clewbay hotel.

How long will it take me ?

If you are a regular cyclist that is out 2-3 times a week we reckon under  3 hours

If you only cycle occasionally but also partake in other sports we reckon 3.5 hours

If you are new to cycling your aim should be to complete it in 4 to 4.5hours

The 120k route

If you have signed up for the 120k distance, even though its only 40k longer this route is a great cycling test.

120k route

Even though there is six climbs on this route the real climbing doesn’t starts until 57k in when you turn left at Leenane village. For the next 20k the roads are either up or down and remember to keep your wits about you as there are dangerous descents and always sheep on the roads! Once over Maam Trasna you will see Lough Mask and the roads flatten out for a while and you’ll get a small break.

At the Village of Tourmakeady (95k) you will get your last chance to refuel (Take this opportunity as the next 25k are hard). Once you turn left you are climbing for 5kms with sections as steep as 18% so pace yourself, the view at the top of Lally’s mountain makes the hard work worthwhile and if you have the time stop and look back at the majestic Lough Mask. The descent of Lally’s is fast, bumpy, windy and narrow so feather the brakes.

The last 13k home is up and down and very energy sapping so save a HIGH 5 gel for this.

Once back in Westport heed the neutralized section and make your way back to the leisure park on James st.

What’s it going to take to finish it and How long will it take me?

Firstly put a food and hydration strategy together, what we mean here is drink and eat regularly and remember pace yourself, go off too hard and we guarantee you will pay the price, we don’t want to see you looking out from inside the broomwagon as you approach the finish !!!

If you are a strong cyclist who raced we reckon about 4hrs

If you are not as fit as you would like we reckon 5hrs

If you think it is going to take you longer than 6hrs we recommend that you stick with the 80k for this year.

The Legend 160k route.

160k route

This is a real challenge, not only are you breaking into the century (100miles) you are also cresting 7 categorized climbs.

This stage is as hard as anything that a Pro peloton will tackle, are you up for this? Better be sure as its very unforgiving.

Not only do you cover the same roads as the 80 and 120k courses but you also cycle along the famous Killary Fjord and cycle down the Innagh Valley before crossing the Maam turks.

The biggest difference on this route apart from the increased distance is the wind. Yes you read that correctly, the wind! The wind along the exposed cost road to the top of the Innagh valley is legendary, it can blow you sideways in an instance…

By the time you get to Maam at 105k you will be fit for bed never mind 55 more kilometers.

Take your time in Maam, gather your thoughts then go for it.

With an action packed 55k left to complete this is what all hardy cyclist thrive for, the pain and burning in the legs, the ecstasy of getting over the climbs with your mates and the joy of descending down hill with the wind blowing through your hair.

The last 25k will be a do or die effort, those who pushed too hard in the early Kilometers will now wish they held back, the last 10k back to Westport will decide if this is a character building day or one for folklore. The decision is yours.!!

How will you get through the 160k.

First by using the group smartly and be exact in your planning and food strategy while taking into account the weather conditions. But most importantly remember to PACE yourself,160k is a long day on the saddle for the best of cyclists.

How long will it take?

If you are a serious sportive rider or ex racer we reckon 5,5hrs is excellent.

If you are strong fit and prepared under 6hrs is very good.

If you think you have what it take to finish it, then we will give you 8hrs but no longer. We have time limits in place, if you are not in Leenane by 12noon then no Killary Fjord or Innagh valley, you be re directed to take the 120k route.
If you are not in Tourmakeady by 3pm then no Lally’s mountain, you will be redirected to take the flat route home . Same goes for the 120k participants.

Westportif safety guidlines 2016

Westportif 2016 Event Details

 Westportif start times

  • The 160km cycle starts at 9.00 am
  • 120k cycle starts at 9.30am
  • The 80km cycle starts at 10 am

Both cycles start from Westport Leisure Centre, James Street in Westport town.

Westportif Finish times (Estimated)

  • 160km between 2-4.30pm
  • 120km between 1-3.pm
  • 80km between 1-2.30pm

 Westportif sign on times and locations

There are three options for participants to sign on for the event.

  • Friday 15th July at Monaghan’s Skoda Showroom, Castlebar from 3.30pm-7pm
  • Friday 15th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from

8.30pm – 10pm

  • Saturday 16th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from

6.30am – 8am for 120/160k

  • Saturday 16th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from

7.30am – 9.30am for 80k

.Westportif Sponsors


A big thanks for all our Sponsors.

  • Monaghan & Sons Skoda Castlebar
  • High 5 Sports Nutrition
  • Destination Westport
  • Smarter Travel
  • The Clew Bay Hotel
  • Westport Leisure Park
  • Delphi Adventure Resort
  • The Mayo News

Westportif Organisers
Westportif is a voluntary run dual venture between Westport Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes Cycling Club . Both clubs use Westportif to fund and develop the sport at grass roots.

Westportif Charity

The Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation’ is Westportif ‘s 2016 chosen charity

Westportif 2016

The Westportif Cycling Weekend takes place on Saturday 16th July 2016,

Passing Through Doolough Valley

in Westport, Co. Mayo. Choose from 3 routes, 80km, 120km and 160km taking in the breathtaking scenery of Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea (Connaughts highest mountain), Doolough Lake, Delphi, Killary Fjord, Ashleigh Falls, Leenane village and the shores of Lough Mask in Tourmakeady.

Tourmakeady & beyond in majestic splendor.

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Sign up @ http://www.westportif.ie

Westportif to attract over a thousand cyclists to Mayo

Westportif which was officially launched by Minister Michael Ring a few months ago has gathered huge momentum and is now set to be the biggest ever cycling weekend held in the West.

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The West of Ireland’s most spectacular leisure cycle takes place on the weekend of the 17 to 19th July  2015 and is part of the ŠKODA Cycle Series in association with Independent News & Media. Nicknamed “Ring of the Reek” the Westportif routes circumnavigate Croagh Patrick, which is known locally as “The Reek”. Two distances are on offer – 80km to suit novices and 160km for more seasoned cyclists.

“Westport to be swarmed by cyclist on a Wheelie good weekend.

This is the third year of the hugely successful Westportif which attracted over 800 cyclists last year and is confidently expected top the 1,200 mark this year. Organisers on behalf of Western Lakes CC and Westport Covey wheelers sees huge growth potential for the event, saying, “From the very first year Westportif proved to have a winning formula of a perfect town base and an incredible selection of superb cycling routes for different levels. Entries are increasing each year, with enquiries pouring in from all over Ireland and further afield. The level of support from organisations in the town has been exceptional.”

The Westportif starts and finishes in the lovely heritage town of Westport, an ideal location for visiting cyclists with ample accommodation and support facilities (beware accommodation is filling fast). The event is just part of a weekend cycling festival which includes a family-friendly Bike Buffet on Friday, the ultra exciting Criterium Race around the closed streets of Westport Town Centre on Saturday evening, and a novel Garden Cycle on Sunday. Hundreds of tourists from around Ireland and the UK are expected to flock into the popular town for the family cycling festival.

Choice of Spectacular Routes
The shorter 80km route is reasonably flat and is very suitable for novice and family cyclists. It hugs the scenic Clew Bay coastline town of Louisburgh and continues straight to Killeen village with views of Clare and Inishturk islands and the famous beaches of Silver and white strands this is surly panoramic cycling at its best before turning inland through spectacular Doo Lough Valley to Delphi Resort for our main food stop after the lovely Aashleigh Falls awaits. The return to Westport is via the Erriff Valley on the main road.

Westportif routes 2015

The 160km cyclists will begin with the others, but turn right at Aashleigh towards Leenane village,  along Killary Fjord then inland through the Inagh Valley to Recess and Maam Cross before heading back to Westport via Lough Mask and Tourmakeady, there is a sting in the tale with Lally’s mountain coming with 30k to go. This is a much hillier route with 6 categorised climbs. It is also a magnificently scenic route which is particularly attractive to cyclists from abroad. Both routes are fully supported with water and food stops along the way.

Westportif route profile 2015

 

The first 1500 get a special edition long sleeve Tech top, Skoda goodie bag,  energy product from High 5 and Nutri Science and also the chance to buy an event cycling jersey. The event’s charity partner is the hard working Mayo Roscommon Hospice, donation can also be made on the day.

Tech top 2015

Jersey 2015

The Westportif After party promises to be epic with event footage on video display at the Clewbay hotel from early evening, music, disco and craic to be followed till late into the night.

The event is been supported locally by  Westport Smarter travel, Destination Westport, FitScience, The Mayonews, NutriSci, Delphi Adventure Resort, The Clewbay Hotel, High5, Westport Leisure park, Monaghans Skoda dealers and INM Regional’s.

For further information on this outstanding leisure cycle see the webpage http://www.westportif.ie or find Westportif on Facebook and Twitter.

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Westportif Launched by Minister Michael Ring

“Ring of The Reek”  Westportif 2015    

Minister Michael Ring officially launched the Westportif cycle, at Monaghan’s Skoda Castlebar, Co . Mayo. The West of Ireland’s most spectacular leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 18th July 2015 and is part of the ŠKODA Cycle Series in association with Independent News & Media. Nicknamed “Ring of the Reek” the Westportif routes circumnavigate Croagh Patrick, which is known locally as “The Reek”. Two distances are on offer – 80km to suit novices and 160km for more seasoned cyclists.

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Speaking at the launch,  Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Tourism and Sport, welcomed the event saying, “I wish to compliment both the Western Lakes CC and the Westport Covey Wheelers on organising the Westportif cycle which will be held in July.  This event has proved extremely popular over the last number of years and I have no doubt it will be a tremendous success again this year. Westport is the ideal location for an event such as this I am sure that it will be hugely enjoyable for everybody who attends and participates in the event”.

This is the third year of the hugely successful Westportif which attracted over 800 cyclists last year and is confidently expected to top the 1,200 mark this year. Race Director Padraig Marry on behalf of Western Lakes CC and Westport Covey Wheelers sees huge growth potential for the event, saying, “From the very first year Westportif proved to have a winning formula of a perfect town base and an incredible selection of superb cycling routes for different levels. Entries are increasing each year, with enquiries pouring in from all over Ireland and further afield. The level of support from organisations in the town has been exceptional.” The charity partners are Mayo-Roscommon Hospice and the media partners are The Mayo News.

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Festival of Cycling
The Westportif starts and finishes in the lovely heritage town of Westport, an ideal location for visiting cyclists with ample accommodation and support facilities. The event is just part of a weekend cycling festival which includes a family-friendly Bike Buffet on Friday, the ultra exciting Criterium Race around the closed streets of Westport Town Centre on Saturday evening, and a novel Garden Cycle on Sunday. Hundreds of tourists from around Ireland and the UK are expected to flock into the popular town for the family cycling festival.

Choice of Spectacular Routes
The shorter 80km route is reasonably flat and is very suitable for novice and family cyclists. It hugs the scenic Clew Bay coastline to Louisburgh and continues straight on to Killeen village. With views of Clare and Inishturk Islands and the famous beaches of Silver and White Strands this is panoramic cycling at its best. Cyclists then turn inland through spectacular Doo Lough Valley to Delphi and the lovely Aashleigh Falls. The return to Westport is via the Erriff Valley on the main road.

The 160km cyclists will begin with the others, but turn right at Aashleigh towards Leenane village, along Killary Fjord then inland through the Inagh Valley to Recess and Maam Cross before heading back to Westport via Lough Mask and Tourmakeady. Just as the final 30km begins, Lally’s Mountain provides a testing sting in the tail. This is a much hillier route with 6 categorised climbs. It is also a magnificently scenic route which is particularly attractive to cyclists from abroad. Both routes are fully supported with water and food stops along the way.

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The Westportif is welcomed by the Destination Westport hotel marketing group who are expecting a bumper weekend with packed hotels. It is supported by Westport Smarter Travel who organise the novel Bike Buffet and Garden Cycle. Dermott Langan said “Westportif is a great fit for Brand Westport, with our cycling routes, attractive greenways, spectacular scenery and a bank of quality accommodation.

Westport Smarter Travel and Mayo County Council are delighted to be associated with an event of such national and international appeal.”

For further information on this outstanding leisure cycle see the webpage http://www.westportif.ie or find Westportif on Facebook. Entries are through Fit Magazine, http://www.fitmagazine.ie.

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WESTPORTIF LAUNCH 2015
PHOTOS

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Pictured at the launch of the Westportif ‘Ring of the Reek’ leisure cycle 2015 were (left-right) Padraig Carolan (Mayo Roscommon Hospice), John Feerick (INM), Dermott Langan (Smarter Travel), Michael Flynn (Covey Wheelers),  Anthony Harrison (Covey Wheelers), Brian Golden (Western Lakes Cycling Club), Breda Kelly (Mayo Roscommon Hospice), Michael Ring TD, David Mc Dermot (Western Lakes Cycling Club),  John Hughes (Western Lakes Cycling Club), Vincent Cummins (Western Lakes Cycling Club) and David Monaghan (Monaghan Skoda)
Photographer Liz King

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Pictured at the launch of the Westportif ‘Ring of the Reek’ leisure cycle 2015 were (left-right) Dermott Langan (Smarter Travel), Michael Ring TD and Brian Golden (Western Lakes Cycling Club)
Photographer Liz King