The 'Hell of the West' is back! Routes have been announced for the 2023 Galway Classic & Galway Classic Mna road races & the Ride The Classic sportif which take place on the weekend of April 15th/16th. This years Galway Classic will be the toughest yet, extending to 157km in length with no less than 14 off-road sectors through bog roads, farm tracks and gravel roads. The women's Galway Classic Mna will be 84km long with 8 sectors. The third race of the day ill be the separate A3 race, also 84km long with a similar 8 sectors.
Changes for the 2023 Galway Classic version include the addition of a new 1.5km bog road sector after only 7km of racing - it's sure to spark aggressive racing from the start! At the business end of the race, Stonehall, the longest sector at 4.4km will be tackled by the riders very near the end at the 151km mark setting up a dramatic finale. And for the first time in its history, the Galway Classic will have a spectacularly dramatic ending, finishing on on off-road sector, sector 14, the short 400m dusty gritty driveway up into Ryehill Demesne. This will be the most unique finish to a race ever seen anywhere in Ireland. Detailed route information for all races is available at www.ridetheclassic.com .
The road race takes place on Saturday 15th, with the sportif Ride The Classic held on the same course on Sunday 16th. There are two options for the Sportif riders in the Ride the Classic: 120km with 10 Sectors or the 85km option with no less than 8 sectors.
Registration is now open for the Galway Classic & Ride The Classic and participants can register for both events at www.ridetheclassic.com .