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On Cloud 9 after epic cycle

June 26th, 2019 11:50 AM

By Emma Connolly

West Cork cyclists celebrate their epic charity cycle at Mizen Head

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MONTHS of training and planning paid off when nine members of the West Cork Cycling Club arrived at Mizen Head after cycling the length of the country in 24 hours. 

The group, who allowed themselves just nine, 15 minute stops undertook the challenge in aid of the Air Ambulance, which will be airborne in a few weeks, and for which they expect to raise around €12,000.

The brainchild of Dunmanway man and club secretary Padraig McCarthy, he said the charity was a good fit for them considering that cycling is considered a high risk sport. 

Departing on Friday at 5pm, the group cycled 577.15 kilometres at an average speed of 28.6 kph in a cycling time of 20 hours 12 minutes and 51 seconds arriving with an incredible 25 minutes to spare. 

They experienced a whirlwind of emotions on route including, understandably, fatigue but it was all worthwhile once they hit West Cork and crowds turned out to show their support. 

The Irish Community Air Ambulance will benefit the whole southern region and will compliment the existing Ambulance Service in saving lives

The group, who allowed themselves just nine, 15 minute stops undertook the challenge in aid of the Air Ambulance, which will be airborne in a few weeks, and for which they expect to raise around €12,000.

The brainchild of Dunmanway man and club secretary Padraig McCarthy, he said the charity was a good fit for them considering that cycling is considered a high risk sport. 

Departing on Friday at 5pm, the group cycled 577.15 kilometres at an average speed of 28.6 kph in a cycling time of 20 hours 12 minutes and 51 seconds arriving with an incredible 25 minutes to spare. 

They experienced a whirlwind of emotions on route including, understandably, fatigue but it was all worthwhile once they hit West Cork and crowds turned out to show their support. 

The Irish Community Air Ambulance will benefit the whole southern region and will compliment the existing Ambulance Service in saving lives

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