West Cork Emergency Services annual charity cycle rebranded

February 29th, 2016 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

Local EMT and cycling enthusiast Garry Minihane took this photo of one of the stunning vistas along the route of the new Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle which takes place on July 9th next.

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SO, you missed out on getting into the Ring of Kerry Cycle or the Ring of Beara Kenmare? Or maybe you did get into them and would like to see more of the stunning scenery of the South West? If so, then the Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle on Saturday, July 9th 2016 is the answer! Registration is now open on FaceBook page (, website or at

Along the route you will visit Ireland’s most southerly point and see the spectacular scenery of West Cork by cycling the Wild Atlantic Way around the Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas. The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is run by the Emergency Services in West Cork to raise funds for local charities. With the help of numerous sponsors the organisers ensure that practically every cent raised goes to the charities. 2016 is the 13th year of cycles being organised by the Emergency Services and the beneficiaries are Bantry Hospice Project, West Cork Down Syndrome Support Group, Schull Community In-shore Rescue and The Ray Murnane Rehab Fund.

There are two routes, 130k and 100k, both of which start and finish in Bantry. The cycle will head from Bantry to Durrus and over the side of Mount Gabriel (giving fabulous views of Roaringwater Bay and the Islands) to Schull. From there the route heads west to Goleen, by Crookhaven and Barley Cove to the Mizen Head, Ireland’s most Southerly point. After a food stop near the Mizen Head, cyclists will follow the spectacular coast road back to Durrus Village. The 130k route heads out the Sheep’s Head to take on the Goat’s Path challenge; the 100k route goes directly back to Bantry from Durrus. There will be a barbecue in Bantry Town at the end of the cycle.

Both routes are challenging, (the 130K route includes 1500m of climbing!), but the rewards are well worth the effort as all along the route you will see some of the most picturesque and beautiful West Cork scenery.

Check out and pass on the message about what is hoped will be a really enjoyable day in stunning surroundings to all your friends by ‘liking’ and sharing the Facebook page ( and following on Twitter (@wamcycle).

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