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Mizen to Malin - Cycle Against Suicide Sept 18th - 25th 2021

  • 11-02-2021 11:42am
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    Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ McBluffin


    Hi all,

    I just signed myself up this morning for Cycle Against Suicide Mizen to Malin Head challenge that is due to take place Sept 18th - Sept 25th. From what I can see there is no forum creating for this yet and I am sure so many people including myself have many questions around training/nutrition tips and everything in between.
    So I like to start off with some questions of my own.

    1.) Has anyone done this trip before? What did you learn from it e.g. pacing etc.
    2.) What gear is a must have (apart from the basics)
    3.) Advise on training structure

    I believe there will be 50 people participating and the average pace been set will be 25km/he

    Approx 750km over 6 days

    Day 1/Sunday September 19th — Mizen >> Killarney – 122km
    Day 2/Monday September 20th — Killarney >> Lahinch – 126km
    Day 3/Tuesday, September 21st — Lahinch >> Oranmore – 86km
    Day 4/Wednesday, September 22nd — Oranmore >> Castlebar – 118km
    Day 5/Thursday, September 23rd— Castlebar >> Donegal Town -148km
    Day 6/Friday, September 24th — Donegal >> Malin Head – 123km


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,047 ✭✭✭ Boscoirl


    Have been on plenty of the previous CAS Main Cycles and typically the pace is fairly handy, if you are regular enough cyclist, it can be slow at times, but they are good craic.

    must look at it myself


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,730 ✭✭✭ statto25


    Not sure how the shared accommodation would work with Covid-19 but its something Id love to do also.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,047 ✭✭✭ Boscoirl


    yeah, wouldnt been too keen on that even with someone I know at the moment. would prefer to book my own accomm
    m


  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ McBluffin


    Ye the accommodation piece was the only concern I had. Hoping that by 3rd week in Sept we are in a better place vaccine/restrictions wise. We will have to wait and see I guess.

    I believe the event is capped at 50 people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,456 ✭✭✭ Kaisr Sose


    I would say there is a big question mark over that at the moment. I suppose they have to plan for it but speculative and questionable doing so.

    Lots of issues need to be resolved by then and the vaccine rollout is not currently scheduled to be completed until late October. That could move either way, but most likely to slip is supply issues continue.

    I wonder also what the insurance issue is. Could they get cover at all?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 135 ✭✭ David6330


    Use a bivvy sack or tent for accomodation?
    Hopefully there will be inter-county travel by then.


  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ McBluffin


    Would anybody have some guidance/advise on how to build of a structured training plan to get through this. Currently I can do 100km at 20km/r but I find my knee hurts me doing that distance as I prob haven't built up slowly enough.

    I am looking for advise on how many days a week I should train?
    Dstances I should be doing?
    Should I do some legs strength work?

    Date: Sept 2021
    Approx 750km over 6 days
    We have been told we will be traveling at 25km/r

    Day 1/Sunday September 19th — Mizen >> Killarney – 122km
    Day 2/Monday September 20th — Killarney >> Lahinch – 126km
    Day 3/Tuesday, September 21st — Lahinch >> Oranmore – 86km
    Day 4/Wednesday, September 22nd — Oranmore >> Castlebar – 118km
    Day 5/Thursday, September 23rd— Castlebar >> Donegal Town -148km
    Day 6/Friday, September 24th — Donegal >> Malin Head – 123km


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,929 ✭✭✭ nilhg


    McBluffin wrote: »
    Would anybody have some guidance/advise on how to build of a structured training plan to get through this. Currently I can do 100km at 20km/r but I find my knee hurts me doing that distance as I prob haven't built up slowly enough.

    I am looking for advise on how many days a week I should train?
    Dstances I should be doing?
    Should I do some legs strength work?

    Date: Sept 2021
    Approx 750km over 6 days
    We have been told we will be traveling at 25km/r

    Day 1/Sunday September 19th — Mizen >> Killarney – 122km
    Day 2/Monday September 20th — Killarney >> Lahinch – 126km
    Day 3/Tuesday, September 21st — Lahinch >> Oranmore – 86km
    Day 4/Wednesday, September 22nd — Oranmore >> Castlebar – 118km
    Day 5/Thursday, September 23rd— Castlebar >> Donegal Town -148km
    Day 6/Friday, September 24th — Donegal >> Malin Head – 123km


    It's really just a case of building up hours on the bike and putting in back to back long days, perhaps even longer than you expect any individual day to be.

    The good news is that you have plenty of time to build yourself up, and also that once you are on the road each day it will be easier than you think if someone else is doing the logistics, you won't have much to do but cycle, eat and recover.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,693 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Weepsie


    Make sure the bike fit is right, saddle choice is right and shoe /pedal combo right. I'd work on back/core rather than legs. Legs will be fine once you put in the miles.

    You'll be in a group so 25kmph will probably be easy enough.

    On the other hand, I'm a bit stunned their even trying to organise this given the restrictions that are and will still be in place. I know it's restricted numbers, and probably considered a bubble, but to travel one from place to another, to another and on. It's a risk when it's costing 2 grand and people are having trouble getting much smaller fees back from other organisations.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,961 ✭✭✭ iwillhtfu


    I looked at this event myself having done numerous CAS spins and to be honest I can't see it going ahead. The shared accommodation would be a no straight away and then the costs don't seem to add up and it's pretty expensive.

    If you're a regular cyclists the pace can be frustrating slow but there's usually a good vibe around them and plenty of breaks.

    Time in the saddle and as mentioned building up lower back and core muscles will help massively as they'll be long days in the saddle.

    Best of luck with it if it does go ahead.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 417 ✭✭ delynet


    I did the route a few years ago and have some info here including a link to some training plans. The training was really just plenty of miles and a few decent spins leading up to the event.

    https://www.dely.net/cycling-blog/mizen-to-malin-in-less-than-24-hours/

    To be honest it will be a miracle if the event goes ahead. When I did Mizen to Malin the route worked out just shy of 600km. The perimeter of Mayo is the same at 601km. My plan is to do this later this year with tent and other camping bits on bike. I am assuming I will be able to cycle within my county and that hotels etc... will be limited. Just need something to look forward to


  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ McBluffin


    looking more and more likely this event will go ahead. I wonder what type of numbers have signed up so far. I see they are now allowing people to choose to just do certain sections of the cycle of they wish.


  • Registered Users Posts: 195 ✭✭ jimmyging


    apparently there are over 100 doing the Mizen to Malin and the weather looks like it might be ok .has anyone heard about the bike drop off location yet ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,709 ✭✭✭ skerry


    Recent thread bump reminded me to post and say thanks for posting this info. Me and a group from work did Malin to Mizen in June and used a lot of the route info and stops strategy from your blog post. Worked out really well. Ended up doing 589km for a finish.



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