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West Barnstable cyclist rides 180 miles of Cape Cod in a day, dedicated to mental health

WEST BARNSTABLE — Cycling enthusiast and West Barnstable resident Connor O’Reilly went for yet another bike ride on Tuesday — this time, for over 180…

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WEST BARNSTABLE — Cycling enthusiast and West Barnstable resident Connor O’Reilly went for yet another bike ride on Tuesday — this time, for over 180 miles around the Cape.

O’Reilly left at sunrise with the hope of finishing his ride by sunset that same day. “Longest day of the year and longest ride of my life,” O’Reilly said.

As O’Reilly and his partner, Raja Sinjab, pulled into the parking lot of Sandwich Marina Park at 5 a.m., O’Reilly admitted that battling nerves of the long ride ahead was part of the challenge.

“I think really for me, it’s just getting in the headspace because you know, there is a physical (component) to it for sure. But really, the last third of the ride will be uncharted territory for me, and that’ll definitely be the hard part. And that will be the mental game of, ‘do I just stop or do I just keep going?’” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly is no stranger to long rides and pushing his limits. Biking to raise awareness about issues is something O’Reilly has done before

In September 2020, he began his bike ride across the country to raise money for WellStrong, a fitness and wellness community based in Falmouth for people in recovery for substance abuse disorder. He spent time riding in Cambodia in 2019, and recently arrived back to the U.S. from a ride through Mexico with his partner only a few weeks ago.

O’Reilly is completing the Cape Cod ride to raise awareness and donations for his new […]

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