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Cycling from Derry to Cork in less than a week

Cycling from Derry to Cork in less than a week

Expand Killarney Cycling Club (KCC) had a triple showing at this year’s Transatlantic Way Ultra Race, as first, second and third were taken by KCC…

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Expand Killarney Cycling Club (KCC) had a triple showing at this year’s Transatlantic Way Ultra Race, as first, second and third were taken by KCC members.

Dr Tom Daly took first place in the short-form race, travelling 1,680km over six days and 11 hours.

Beginning in Derry at 5am on Thursday, July 8, 22 cyclists set off towards Fanad Lighthouse in Letterkenny, before making their way along the Wild Atlantic Way, with the option of two routes.

Dr Daly, who has written the book "The Rás: The Story of Ireland’s Unique Bike Race," has many cycling accolades under his belt, and this was his second year taking part.

Brothers Benny (left) and Donnacha Cassidy succeed in completing the entire Wild Atlantic Way on a self-supported race from Derry to Cork city in just six days.

"It’s a hard race, it’s about balancing your time on the bike versus your time of rest. This year I cut down my sleep from four hours to three.

"In a lot of cases, the route is very steep, and the roads are poor, so you have to prepare for that as well," Dr Daly added.Brothers Brendan and Donnacha Cassidy, who both took part in the long-form race, placed second and third respectively.Brendan completed the 2,430km challenge in just five days and 23 hours, while Donnacha completed it in six days and 14 hours.Covid had an incredible impact on the race this year."Normally there’s huge British interest in these kinds of races, but organisers came out and said they […]

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