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Cyclists gather for Ireland race
29 Aug 2014 14:02
Cyclists from around the world are gathering in Co Meath ahead of the start of one of the sport's toughest challenges.
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Competitors in the Race Around Ireland have to finish a 2200km loop of the country in less than five days.
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This gruelling schedule means they can expect to be on their bikes for up to 22 hours per day.
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The race, which begins on Sunday in Trim, passes through 22 counties.
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It will take in heritage sites and famous landmarks including Newgrange, Giants Causeway, Malin Head, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, Cork, Waterford City and the Wicklow mountains.
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The winner of last year's race, Christoph Strasser from Austria, finished the challenge inside four days.
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He had one 40 minute and four 20 minute sleeps for the entire race.
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You can follow the route on the race's 24 hour tracking on its website.
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