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Irish rider (58) new 735 miles non-stop Malin-Mizen-Malin record

Posted on: November 5th, 2017

Irish endurance cyclist Joe Barr new Malin-Mizen-Malin record

This was the scene overnight, with 184 miles remaining and with very cold temperatures, rain and a very unfavourable breeze all looking to deny him the record. But he made it in new record time.

 

Irish endurance cyclist Joe Barr new Malin-Mizen-Malin record

 

Irish endurance cyclist Joe Barr has set a new record for riding up and down the island of Ireland non-stop.

The 58-year-old former pro road racer set a time of 48 hours 40 mins. He beat his own previous record, set in 2015, by 21 minutes.

At 735 miles non stop; the route took Joe Barr from Malin Head all the way down the country to Mizen Head.

He then turned and went all the way back up the country again, finishing at Malin Head early this morning.

For anyone who doesn’t know the geography of Ireland; the ride involves going from the island of Ireland’s most northerly point to its most southerly and then riding back again.

It is an incredible achievement by Barr, who has ridden so well in international endurance events in recent years.

This time around he battled very cold temperatures at times, which were just about freezing during the night.

He also had to contend with rain, hail and a breeze that changed direction.

That meant while he should have gotten the benefit of a tailwind on all those head wind sections he faced going down country, he did not have that luxury.

With 435 miles non-stop in the legs, Barr was not confident he’d break the record as he stopped and was interviewed by his support crew.

“Oh, it’s hard,” said the Irish endurance cyclist from the side of the road just after halfway.

“The weather has not been kind, now it’s turned into a headwind back up,” he added as a huge section of the return journey still lay before him.

“I don’t know if I have the strength to fight it in both directions. It’s going to be a tall order now; I wasn’t expecting that to happen.

“If it had stayed a cross (wind) maybe it was possible. But unless something very drastic happens shortly it’s going to be very difficult.

“I’m going to fight for sure. I’m going to finish the event for sure. But I’ve never seen wind like this ever changed before in Ireland.”

Thankfully, he kept his head and his legs and got back to his starting point in record time. That record is, like all such records, subject to official ratification.

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