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.