First run in 2016, the TransAtlantic Way (TAW) is a ride from Dublin to Cork via The Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. It meanders from Malin Head in County Donegal, Ireland's most northerly point, to Mizen Head in County Cork, the most southerly point. Marked by blue zig-zag signposts the route weaves and winds across 2,500km of beautiful coastline.
In previous years the TAW ride started in Dublin and riders navigated their own way to Checkpoint 1 at Derry in Northern Ireland. The 2020 edition starts in Derry on Thursday 3rd September (delayed from 4th June due to Covid-19). From Derry, riders can choose between a longer (2112km) route or a shorter (1542km) option or simply decide to mix both. Previous finishers have completed the long course in times ranging from 5 to 16 days.
The riders have started to arrive in Derry. Its wet today, but the field of Irish based riders should be well used to that. (More on Irish rain later).
Tomorrow at 10am (ish) they will be lead out over the Peace bridge and then released onto the main road out of Derry.