Mayo for Sam
Beauty has a price and this is Mayo (and a snippet of Connemara) at its best!
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At 120km, these stages are on the shorter side so take your time and enjoy them – or at least, enjoy everything apart from the Sheeffry Pass!
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Mayo for Sam, Westport (Groups A & B)
Route Rating ➤ Moderate / Challenging
Distance ➤ 354 km
Climbing ➤ 3,140 meters
This stage follows the route of the Westport Gran Fondo, one of the best sportive routes in Ireland so a big shout out to the crew behind the GF. A super route through Mayo and into Connemara with stunning scenery and a few challenging sections topped off with the monstrous Sheeffry Pass.
This is the road less travelled. Following the Great Western Greenway out of Westport, this route flies under the radar of most Irish cyclists but is worth seeking out. Heading from Newport up into north Mayo and Bangor Erris is remote and wild with a superb road surface – but keep your fingers crossed for a handy tailwind!
After Bangor Erris, you’ll head south into the Nephin Beg mountains for a few stiff climbs but truly beautiful cycling country. Home again to Wesport via Newport is a good spot to stop for a coffee and a regroup.
This stage also features in our Hidden Gems – it’s just that good. A seriously incredible stage with amazing scenery, great coffee and lunch options and pretty easy cycling is a great way to wind down after two tough days.
This is one to take your time over and enjoy.