Charlie Boyle interviewing Patricia at the celebration event in Mullaghduff. World record holder Patricia McGinley is hoping her cycle from Mizen to Malin Head will inspire more women to take up the sport.
The Mullaghduff woman became the first female to cover the 589km route in one go, an achievement that is now recognised by the World Ultra Cycling Association.
Speaking to the Donegal News this week Patricia shared how battling alcoholism and depression led her to the saddle. She is now ten years sober and credits her love of yoga and cycling to aiding her recovery.
“I am in recovery ten years. In the ten years I also had clinical depression. I was isolating quite a lot. I wasn’t really leaving the house. The only nights I was leaving the house were to go to an AA meeting one or two nights a week.
“I started yoga and I absolutely loved it.” Patricia Mc Ginley with sisters Maureen Boyle (left), Roselene O’Beirne (right) and Martina Gillespie, her back-up crew for the Mizen to Malin cycle. Patricia went on to become a yoga instructor before discovering her love of cycling after being encouraged by her sister to go for a cycle with the Sharkey’s Bar Stool-wheelers.
“Yoga had finished for the summer and my sister said to me ‘what are you going to do now? You can’t go back to sitting indoors’.
“She talked me into going out for the cycle and that was me hooked, lined and sinkered from the very first go.”It […]