Tomorrow is the big day as the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555k Cycle takes off for a round Donegal race of endurance….. HD McKay owner, Damien McKay, has been placed number 1 in the start roster for the race, which is due to begin in Letterkenny at 10am tomorrow (Friday 23rd June) and ends on Sunday 25th June.
Damien’s preparations for the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra
Damien says he’s been training hard all year but has had to ease up when the injury happened around march and Damien had to be patient during this time to allow healing. “I have been cycling for several years now and generally choose an event each year to keep me focused and motivated, giving me something to work to,” says Damien, a busy consulting engineer.
“Being a business owner, I find getting out on the road at evenings and weekends helps me deal with the day to day pressures and challenges. It’s great for keeping focused.”
“The biggest cycling challenge I have been involved in up to now was a 4-day 400-mile cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head a few years back,” says Damien. “I have also taken part in several adventure races such as the Coastal Cancer Challenge, Extreme North Events & 10k runs since then.”
So how does Damien plan to prepare for this Ultra challenge? “I take a holistic approach in preparing for a race – preparation is not just about putting up miles on the bike. So for me, it’s extremely important to include nutrition, strength and conditioning, and to have the right crew there for support.”
“Being my first event of this magnitude my primary goal is to really enjoy the event and finish in a reasonable time……hopefully with hours to spare! Plus, it gives me the opportunity to spend a couple of days on the bike without feeling guilty – fellow cyclists will know what I mean – around the most beautiful scenery this County offers.”
About the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra
The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is an ultra-cycling event along 555km of rugged and beautiful Donegal. On Friday 23rd June 2017, cyclists from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe will line up in Letterkenny, to begin the race, which is one of the island’s ultimate endurance challenges. The route takes you past Malin head, Mamore Gap, Knockalla, Atlantic Drive, Horn Head, Carrickfin, Glengesh Pass, Sliabh League and Barnesmore Gap – all within 40 hours.
The Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race is designed to be a stepping stone for anyone looking to take on Race Around Ireland or other ultra cycling events such as RAAM. The event is open to solo racers, 2-person, 3-4 person and 6-8 person teams. While the solo category is aimed at serious athletes, the team categories are very open to cyclists of all abilities. Racers in the team categories cycle in a relay format (not in a pair/team of four together, etc) with frequency of changeover being at the discretion of the team and crew.
The race concludes on Sunday 25th June.