The journey from Cork's Mizen Head to Kilmore Quay can be a pleasant one by car, taking in some beautiful scenery along the way. By bicycle, however, it's a different proposition altogether and while the beautiful scenery remains the same, it's not as easy to enjoy when you're legs are burning from sheer pedal power.
However, that was the task taken on by a group of 25 plucky cyclists as they made their way to Mizen head to begin the arduous 210 mile cycle back to Kilmore and home. An annual event, this is the seventh time that the group, under the organisation of Niall McDonnell, has taken on a mammoth cycle, last year having pedalled from Malin Head to Rosslare Harbour.
'It was brilliant again this year,' said Leo Coy, who has been involved since the start. 'We had about 30 heading off, about 25 cyclists and support crew then, who were fantastic. We set off at around 8.30 a.m. the first day and reached our first stop, Middleton, at 5 p.m. Then it was an early start on Sunday again and we hit Kilmore around 6 p.m. Unfortunately, we hit some bad weather on the Sunday which made things a bit difficult and people were very tired getting in. Everyone made it back though and I think we only had one puncture along the way, which was good going!'
The goal of the cycle was to raise funds for St Mary's GAA Club in Rosslare, Kilmore Quay RNLI and Pieta House.
'There's money still coming in, but it's looking like we'll be able to hand over around €2,000 to each cause,' said Leo, before thanking everyone who contributed and took part, along with the support crew who made the journey with them.