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The Pan Celtic Race 2019 is a new 1440 mile, 86,371 ft, self-supported cycling adventure, journeying through the Celtic Nations of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Following the very best and off-beat cycling routes each nation has to offer, the race places emphasis on cultural identity and historic locations unique to Celtic heritage.
The route starts in the Highlands of Scotland and takes the riders on an epic adventure along coastal roads and awe-inspiring mountain views. The riders then head to Belfast to discover Ireland’s East Coast and ancient landmarks. Finally the riders journey over to Fishguard, Wales, through wild Celtic countryside to finish in the Seaside town of Llandudno.
The breath-taking route has an overall race distance of 1440 miles / 2317 km, with 86,371 ft / 26,325 m of elevation gain.
There are 2 ferry crossings on the route, giving riders time to relax and reflect on their adventure so far; Cairn Ryan – Belfast and Rosslare – Fishguard.
The 2019 edition of the Pan Celtic Race is the first in a planned five editions of the Pan Celtic Race Series.
It is not only a race in the purest sense, but also a journey through the soul of the 6 territories that make up the modern Celtic Nations. It will showcase the unique natural beauty of each of the homelands, navigating through areas steeped in ancient cultures and history.
Two years in the planning and a five-year strategy. Each year the Pan Celtic Race will build on the previous, taking the rider further along the path of enlightenment and deeper into Celtic lore. No two routes will be the same and with each passing year, locations visited and distance covered will build towards the end game – The Magnum Opus. The 5th edition of the Pan Celtic Race will be our masterpiece. The accumulation of all the experiences, refined skills and knowledge from the previous editions will come together.
With an eye on the unconventional and discovery, the purpose of the Pan Celtic Race is to give each participant an opportunity to undertake an adventure and journey, both in a physical and spiritual sense. It gives the opportunity to escape the distractions of modern living which are so intrinsically woven in the fabric of our consciousness.