This route starts and finishes at the same place, The Towers Bar and Restaurant, The Quay Westport.
The 150km cycle with 5 categorized climbs will offer a good test for all riders. Remember the biggest climb is at the end of the day, so conserve your energy wisely.
It sets out from the bustling town of Westport and heads west along the R335 taking in the breathtaking views of Ireland’s famous mountain Croagh Patrick on the left and the 365 islands of Clew Bay on the right.
Croagh Patrick as seen from Westport Quay. Pic: Fáilte Ireland
The route passes through the scenic small town of Louisburgh taking a left onto the R335 (main Louisburgh to Leenane road) and continue south towards the spectacular and picturesque Doolough Valley.
After Ashleigh Falls the 150km route separates from the 80km route. The 80km turns left on the N59 towards Westport and the 150km turns right towards Leenane.
After climbing left out of Leenane the route continues towards Maam Cross, this is where the main food stop is located so make sure that get as much food as you need here. There is one smaller food stop later in Tourmakeady but it will only contain fruit and water.
After the food stop you travel along the shores of Lough Corrib towards Cornamona. From there the route continues left to Cloghbrack and Finny and before going over the beautiful climb of Maum Trasna.
After decending Maum Trasna you travel along the shores of Lough Mask to the village of Tourmakeady. Here you can take a break at the last food stop located at O'Tooles Bar (105km marker) .
After the food stop you hit the biggest climb of the day, Lally's Mountain. Note, riders also have a flat option home here.
After the descent of Lally's riders head right over the climb of Coilleach and into the picturesque village of Aughagower.
Turning left in Aughogower the route rejoins the N59 at 136km then it's straight to Westport. When you reach Westport turn left down the Quay Hill towards The Towers Bar and Restaurant.
Please be careful and vigilant as the town are very busy with traffic and tourists.
A warm welcome and refreshments are awaiting you at the new Westportif Food Village where you can reflect on a great days cycling.
Rest, rehydrate, refuel and then get your dancing pants on, the town and amazing nightlife of Westport awaits you.