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.
We stayed in the Killarney Plaza – and a quiet night was had by all: knowing four more days cycling ahead in the M2M.