Malin to Mizen Cycle 2019

Take in 427 miles of breath-taking Irish countryside from your saddle on this challenging ride.

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Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is home to stunning natural beauty, the friendliest nightlife, and our Irish cycling challenge. Malin to Mizen lets you take in the breath-taking natural beauty of the country from the saddle, travelling 427 miles.

Itinerary

Malin to Mizen cycle route

Day 1

 Malin Head – Buncrana

31 miles

You’ll meet the group and cycle leader at Malin Head, register and then head out for half a day’s cycling. You’ll experience a bit of everything in these first 31 miles, from rugged landscape and striking coastal views to short, sharp hills that’ll ease you into the next days’ riding. If you’re meeting at Belfast, they’ll be a coach to get you up to Malin Head.

 

Day 2

Buncrana – Bundoran

76 miles

Our second day of cycling begins on a flat route on quiet country roads before moving on to our first challenging hill climb. The day continues with rolling hills, a few of which are tougher than the others, but offer great views over the wonderful green countryside. We stay close to the border and then sweep westward towards the coast, with great views of Lower Lough Erne before reaching Bundoran. This is possibly the hardest day of the challenge!

Day 3

Bundoran – Knock

72 miles

A flatter day than the one before with occasional undulation to let your legs recover. We make our way South West skirting around Sligo heading for Knock and County Mayo. Keeping away from the main roads, we get to truly see the beauty of this part of Western Ireland. 

We finished the day in the small town of Knock.

Day 4

Knock – Ennis

85 miles

This stage may be over the flattest terrain of the challenge but we’ll really pile on the miles on this, the longest day. After a small hill to start the day, the minor roads offer smooth asphalt for quick, flat cycling, and give plenty of opportunity to get in close in our mini peloton and get in the draft – although make sure you push some wind for your fellow competitors too! 

Our route passes Galway with some wonderful views out to the Atlantic and the Aran Islands.

Day 5

Ennis – Killarney

75 miles

Today we need to catch a ferry for a 25 mintue crossing into County Kerry. We have a flat start to the day with most of the climbing done in the afternoon. The Magillycuddie Reeks provide a stunning backdrop as we cycle into the beautiful town of Killarney. 

Day 6

Killarney – Clonakilty

64 miles

A slower start to the morning with a reasonable amount of climbing for some wonderful views of the Kerry Mountains. We make quicker progress in the afternoon heading towards the south coast and Clonakilty. 

Day 7

Clonakilty – Mizen Head

As you head west towards the final destination, we see glimpses of the beautiful coastline during the morning. Fittingly, the final afternoon offers probably the best and most stunning scenery of the whole trip as we reach Mizen Head and bring a fantastic challenge to a close.

We head back to Clonakilty for a celebration meal and look back at all of our achievements over the past week. 

We stay overnight in Calgary. 

Day 8

Return home

After staying overnight at Mizen, you’ll be transferred by bus back to Cork, Dublin or Belfast.

This itinerary is complex and subject to change.

Information

What's included?

  • Local transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Support vehicle
  • Tour leader
  • Medic
  • All meals
  • Bike maintenance

Event details

  • Distance

    Between 30 and 84 miles per day

  • Date

    8-15 June 2019

  • Location

    The west of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

  • Minimum fundraising

    £1,900 – we'll help you with your fundraising every step of the way

  • Registration fee

    £250

  • Minimum age

    You must be 18 years or older to register for this event

  • Fitness

    To take on this challenge you'll need to be fit and train over long cycling distances of up to 85 miles.

Malin to Mizen

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How the money you raise helps

£180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness overnight in their own home

£350 pays for five people to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice. They'll have access to emotional support and many different activities.

£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can recieve the care they need.

Malin to Mizen Marie Curie cyclists

"Cycling the length of Ireland was a challenge I really wanted to take on. I made new friends, saw the beauty of this country in a way that very few do. I was thrilled by the experience, and what a fantastic cause - a win-win for everyone."

Seamus Logan, Malin to Mizen cyclist

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See stunning Ireland, make some new friends and have a ride to remember! And help us provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness at the same time. Sign up for the challenge today.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who can take part?

    Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for a challenge can take part. The group size will be between 35 and 40 riders. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives. This event will be tough and exhilarating, but will be incredibly rewarding and suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.

  • How fit do I need to be?

    All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure. We expect all participants to be prepared for challenging days of cycling up to 84 miles. This challenge is not suitable for those who have not cycled this distance in their training rides.

  • Will I need specialist kit?

    We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will provide details on any specialist equipment you may need.

  • What’s not included?

    - Registration fee
    - Personal spending money
    - Your own personal kit
    - Bikes
    - Travel insurance
    - Cost of spare parts

  • What will we eat and drink?

    Water will be provided during the ride and at every meal. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes as well as cereal, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

  • How will I be supported?

    Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your fundraising target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.

    During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a cycle leader and bike mechanic as well as a Marie Curie representative. Your luggage will be transported to each night’s accommodation.

  • Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

    We ask you to raise a minimum of £1,900. A minimum of £1,000* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146** for more information.

  • What will the weather be like?

    Summertime weather in Ireland can be unpredictable. In June we would expect average temperatures of around 15 degrees celsius. However, we may also experience rain and high winds. We recommend participants to come prepared for all weather conditions.

Sport Ecosse

This challenge is organised through Sport Ecosse. Sport Ecosse was set up in 2008 by Kevin Gerrie. With over 20 years of event management experience, Sport Ecosse organise highly professional and tailored cycling challenges in some of the world’s best landscapes.