Of course Day 1 actually start in Kilmacud Crokes at 4.30am.
After a 7 hour bus ride we hooked up with the support team at Mizen Head, unwrapped our bikes and set out. A broken chain within 1 minute and a puncture within 1 km of the start tested everyone’s resolve and patience. But after this we got going and headed off to cycle through breathtaking scenery of West Cork and South Kerry.
A demanding route for day 1 of the M2M – through Durrus, Bantry, Glengarriff and Kenmare. Two tough climbs for the group – Caha Pass (Glengarriff to Kenmare) and Moll’s Gap, Kenmare to Killarney. The descent from Moll’s Gap takes in the stunning views from Ladies’ View and some beautiful views of the Lake as we pressed closer to Killarney.
And at the end of the day, the run in from the bottom of Moll’s Gap through to Killarney tested the group.
We stayed in the Killarney Plaza – and a quiet night was had by all: knowing four more days cycling ahead in the M2M.
So, lots of training for M2M done since that spin in the rain on Christmas morning (when I still thought 25Km was a cycle). And then the spins to Howth, to Rathnew, to the Sally Gap, to Arklow. Just three days now until we set out on our 690km venture from bottom of Ireland to top of Ireland (Mizen Head, Co. Cork to Malin Head, Co. Donegal), over 5 days (Wednesday 1st June to Sunday 5th June).
Looking forward to visiting Mizen, Killarney, Ennistymon, Ballina, Ballybofey and Malin – and lots of places in between. And travelling with 51 fellow cyclists.
Breast Cancer Ireland
This cycle is in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland and Kilmacud Crokes Development Fund. We expect to raise in excess of €100,000 to be split between both: that is a minimum of €50,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. If you have not already supported us please contribute on-line by logging in to my M2M mycharity page – all contributions gratefully received.
Hoping to post each day from the road – perhaps with some gopro snippets.