The Great Rugby Cycle logo

The Rugby Dash 2019 – 5th and 6th October

The Mizen to Malin was created as a warm up to ‘The Great Rugby Cycle’ round Ireland 2020, however it was more of a ‘beast’…

The trip started from Belfast on the Friday night with a long van journey to the most southerly point in Ireland. Spirits were high as the forecast had a tail wind, but someone forgot to mention the rain, rain and rain.

Simon Danielli’s bike came in handy again as Budge Pountney, up for the challenge did not have a bike, had not been on a bike and did not know how to use the gears, borrowed the former Ulster and Scotland winger’s bike. His trial was at 7am in a cold, dark and empty car park at Mizen. The 4 brave men started off from Mizen at 7.30am, and were guided not by Strava or Google maps (technical issues) but by a good old paper map.

Apparently the scenery in this part of the world is stunning, however due to the darkness, then rain, mist and fog nothing but the wheel in front could be seen. A long day on the bike of 191 miles, ended at 11.30pm when a change of route and accommodation allowed 5 hours ‘rest’. Up and away at 6.30am for another long day in the saddle. No rain and a slight tail wind with glorious Autumnal sunshine so the group arrived at the final destination at 8.30pm. The small incline up to Malin was not an enjoyable climb after nearly 31 hours of cycling.

Budge has vowed never to go on a bike again.

The route

Rugby Dash 2019 route map

The charity

My Name'5 Doddie Foundation logo

Doddie Weir, the former Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby player, revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was launched in November 2017 and its aims are simple; to raise funds to aid research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures and to support those affected by this devastating disease.

Find out more


The cyclists

Budge Pountney

Budge Pountney

Played back row for Scotland from 1998 until 2002.

31 Scotland caps

Stuart Thom

Stuart Thom

Stuart, born in the North of Scotland moved to Melrose in the late 70’s where he fell in love with the game of rugby.

Steve Barlow

Steve Barlow

Born in Stoke On Trent, a cycling buddy of Stu Thom and a supporter of rugby, I moved to Northern Ireland over 20 years ago and now live in Bangor.

Dougie Thom

Dougie Thom

Although born off the North Coast of Scotland, on the Orkney Islands, Dougie spent most of his childhood in Melrose. It was here that he met Doddie and played Youth Rugby with him.

Van driver/motivator

Andy Moore

We use cookies to give you the best experience we can. If you continue, we'll assume you're happy to receive all cookies from the website. More about our cookies