News

18 September 2017

The 2018 Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle will take place on 14th July 2018. Registration will open soon.

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10 August 2017

We are delighted to announce that €25000 will be divided between the four beneficiaries of this years cycle. We will also be giving a donation to Bantry Lions Club.

A presentation night will be organised in the next few weeks to hand over the money.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who cycled, volunteered and helped out in any way both on the day and in the days leading up to the event..

Also a huge thanks to our many Sponsors. As you can see our list of sponsors is fairly extensive. It is their generosity that helps to keep our running costs as low as possible.


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25 July 2017

Click here to see the video of the 2017 Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle.

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11 July 2017

We would like to say thank you to all our volunteers, helpers, emergency services personnel, sponsors and anyone who helped us out in any way today and in the lead up to the event.
Most of all a huge thanks to every cyclist who took part today. We hope you enjoyed your day.
We would love to hear feedback from our participants, from things we did well to things we could do better on. Please click here to fill out or feedback survey.
We will be posting photos of the event over the next few days on our Facebook page.
Thanks again everybody!

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21 June 2017

Online Registration for the 2017 Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle will close at midday on Tuesday 4th July.
Please try and register online as we will only be able to accept a limited number of registrations on the day of the event.

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2 June 2017

Register before 18th June to guarantee your Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle T-shirt.
This fantastic charity event takes place on Saturday the 8th July starting in Bantry and cycling around the stunning Mizen & Sheep's Head peninsulas.

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11 April 2017

We're delighted to reveal the design of the free Technical T Shirt for all who take part in the Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle. Kindly sponsored by PQMS Training. http://www.pqmstraining.co.uk

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6 April 2017

Early Bird registration for The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle 2017 closes on 17th April. Book now for €50 (€60 thereafter). This fantastic charity event takes place on Saturday the 8th July starting in Bantry and cycling around the stunning Mizen & Sheep's Head peninsulas. A day to remember.....

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20 February 2017

The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle will be held on Saturday the 8th July 2017.

Beneficiaries of this years cycle are:
Irish Community Air Ambulance
MS Ireland (West Cork Branch)
Bantry Tidy Towns
Durrus Mens Shed

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1 February 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle

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2 September 2016

A presentation night was held recently at the Bantry Bay Hotel from the 2016 Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle. In total €13000 was divided between the 4 beneficiaries:
€5000 - Bantry Hospice
€3000 - West Cork Down Syndrome Support Group
€2000 - Ray Murnane Rehabilitation Fund
€3000 - Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service

Thanks to Stephen O' Donovan for the use of the room for the evening and once again thanks to all to participated and helped in any way on the day of the cycle.

Photos are available on our Facebook page.

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25 July 2016

We are delighted to announce that €13000 will be divided between the four beneficiaries of this years cycle. A presentation night will be organised in the next few weeks to hand over the money.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who cycled, volunteered and helped out in any way.

Next years cycle will take place on Saturday 8th July 2017.

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13 July 2016

We would like to sincerely thank all our all sponsors, media partners and all the volunteers both on the day and in the days leading up to the event for helping make last Saturday such a success.

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6 July 2016

On-line Registration has now closed.

An email will be sent to everyone who has registered online containing route maps, cue sheets, general information and maps showing locations of the food stops tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

Late entries will be accepted at Bantry Fire Station from 7pm to 8.30pm on Friday evening and from 7am to 8.30am on Saturday morning. To enable us to plan food/marshals etc. please text 086-8395809 by midday on Friday to let us know if you intend registering then. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to give late entrants one of the super Roycrofts Water-bottles, but we will be delighted to see you!

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12 February 2016

The West Cork Emergency Services & Friends Charity Cycle is now called "The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle". The event will be held on Saturday the 9th July 2016.

See the stunning scenery of West Cork by cycling the Wild Atlantic Way around the Mizen and Sheeps Head Peninsulas. There are two routes, 130k and 100k, starting and finishing in Bantry.

The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is organised by the West Cork Emergency Services & Friends, primarily made up of members of An Garda Síochána, Cork County Fire Service, HSE Ambulance Service, West Cork Civil Defence, The Red Cross and The Irish Coastguard. The Cycle is run to raise funds for local charities; with the help of our many Sponsors we ensure that practically every cent raised goes to the charities.

Beneficiaries of this years cycle are:
Bantry Hospice Project
The Ray Murnane Rehab Fund
West Cork Down Syndrome Support Group
Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service

Registration will be opening in the next few days via our Facebook page and also via this website.

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3 February 2016

Some big changes are on the way for this years cycle. A brand new route is one of the changes. The date of the 9th July stays the same. Details will be announced very shortly.

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21 December 2015

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
The 2016 West Cork Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday 9th July 2016.
We are now looking for applications from West Cork charities to be beneficiaries of the 2016 cycle. Please email wcorkemscycle@gmail.com for an application form.

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18 September 2015

A large crowd attended the presentation of the proceeds of this years cycle which took place in The Parkway Hotel on Thursday 17 September. Cheques totalling 12,000 euros were presented to Dunmanway Community Sports Hall, St. Vincent De Paul (Bantry Branch), West Cork Underwater Search & Rescue, Cheshire Ireland (West Cork).

We would like to thank The Parkway Hotel for providing the room and refreshments on the night. We would again like to thank everyone who supported the cycle this year, those who cycled, sponsored, stewarded or helped in any way to raise this massive amount of money.

The West Cork Emergency Services & Friends Charity Cycle will take place again next year and we look forward to seeing everybody again next year.

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14 September 2015

Almost 14,000 euros was raised from this years cycle. A big thanks to sponsors, stewards, cyclists and anyone who helped in any way to make the event a success.
The presentation will take place on Thursday September 17th at the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway at 8pm.

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14 July 2015

We would like to sincerely thank the sponsors and volunteers who supported us for this years cycle. Please see our Sponsors page. We apologise if we have left anyone out. If we have, please email wcorkemscycle@gmail.com

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14 July 2015

We’d like to say a huge big thank you to everybody for taking part and/or contributing to our Cycle last Saturday. The weather could only be described as miserable but the good humour and the friendly, smiley faces that people managed to put on was incredible! Fair play to you, great credit is due to you.

There are 300 / 400 photos up on Facebook and on Flickr ; check them out and remind yourself what you went through for some very deserving causes.

Money-wise we did very well despite the weather, we have over €12,500 raised so far. If there is any outstanding sponsorship money left out there we’d be delighted if you could send it to us at Bantry Fire Station or directly to our bank account.

IBAN: IE22 AIBK 9360 1414 0081 88

BIC: AIBKIE2D

 As we were starting and finishing in a new location and had a totally new route this year we would be delighted if you would give us some feedback or comments on the event. We will definitely have better weather next year but if there is any other way which you think we could improve the day please let us know either by email ( wcorkemscycle@gmail.com ) or on Facebook.

Once again thank you for your contribution, it really is appreciated and we hope to see you next year.

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8 July 2015

Online Registration for this years cycle is now Closed. Registrations will be accepted on the morning of the cycle from 9.30am.

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26 June 2015

Week 8 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link. Online Registration closes on Wednesday 8th July.

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24 June 2015

*****NEWSFLASH*****
Online Registration is closing in 2 weeks, Wednesday 8th July.

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22 June 2015

Less than 3 weeks to go! Week 7 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link.

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13 June 2015

4 weeks to go! Week 6 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link.

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05 June 2015

Week 5 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link.

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01 June 2015

Just under 6 weeks to go to this years cycle! Lots of entries over the weekend so far. Spaces are filling up fast. Register early at www.westcorkemscycle.org

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29 May 2015

Week 4 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link. Registration is now over 50% full. Register early at www.westcorkemscycle.org.

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25 May 2015

Week 3 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link.

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18 May 2015

Registration is continuing very well, nearly 50% full. Great to see some familiar names registering once again from all parts of the country. We advise people to register early to avoid disappointment. Once we are full registration closes.

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17 May 2015

Week 2 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link or on The Southern Star website.

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10 May 2015

Week 1 of Paudie O' Donovan's training programme for this years cycle is up on our Facebook page at this link or on The Southern Star website. Keep an eye on Paudie's column in The Southern Star each week for the next 8 weeks.

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01 May 2015

Registrations are continuing very well. About 30% of places are now booked. Keep an eye on fitness section of The Southern Star from next Thursday where Paudie O' Donovan will be plotting out an 8 week plan for those wishing to do the cycle.
For more information and to register go to www.westcorkemscycle.org

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28 April 2015

Fantastic response to first week of registration. Over 20% full already!
Register now at www.westcorkemscycle.org

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22 April 2015

The Beneficiaries of this years West Cork Emergency Services & Friends Charity Cycle are:
West Cork Underwater Search & Rescue
Dunmanway Community Sports Hall
St. Vincent De Paul (Bantry Branch)
Cheshire Ireland (West Cork

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21 April 2015

Follow us on Twitter on @wcorkemscycle

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20 April 2015

****** REGISTRATION NOW OPEN *******

Now in its 12th year, having already raised over €400,000 for local West Cork Charities, the West Cork Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday July 11th.

The cycle is aimed at the ‘Leisure Cyclist’ as well as the ‘Committed Cyclist’ and will have two routes, 70 km and 100km. Both routes will start from the GAA grounds in Dunmanway and will head over the Cousane Gap, through Kealkill to Bantry. The main food-stop will be in Bantry Fire Station.

The 70km route will follow the mainly flat, wind assisted, main road back to Dunmanway via Drimoleague. The 100km route will turn right 5km beyond Bantry and take on the Barnageeha climb en route to Ballydehob, on to Skibbereen, through Drimoleague and back to Dunmanway. There will be the usual post cycle Barbeque and socialising in Dunmanway.

This year the Beneficiaries include; West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue, Dunmanway Community Sports Hall, Bantry St. Vincent De Paul and Cheshire Ireland West Cork Services.

The organising committee would like to thank all the sponsors, Volunteers and the media partners, C103 and the Southern Star newspaper, and also to particularly thank, Garry Minehane and his team for all their great work in setting and running up such a wonderful event for the past 11 years.

This has always been, and will continue to be, a fun cycle not a race and cyclists are encouraged to take their time on the day and enjoy the social aspect of the event.

For the ‘Leisure Cyclist’, or those who have not been on a bike in a while and might be a bit apprehensive about tackling 70km, Paudie O’Donovan of the Southern Star will feature an 8 week training programme in his weekly column leading up to the event.

For further information and to register for the event log on to www.westcorkemscycle.org ; a Sponsorship Card will be posted out following registration. Spaces are limited so it is advisable to register early to avoid disappointment. Enquiries can also be made to Cormac Daly 087-2405606.


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24 November 2014


The 2015 West Cork Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle will be based in Dunmanway and will follow the same ethos with the usual foods stops and Barbeque as previous years. A good, fun, non-competitive but challenging cycle is promised.

There is a new organising committee this year and they hope to continue on the great work that has been done over the past 11 years. The same ethos of a Good, Fun and Non-competitive but Challenging Cycle is promised, along with the usual foods stops and Barbeque as in previous years.So come join us for this great day out and challenge yourself while supporting some of the local charities of West Cork.



We would like to take this oppurtunity to thank Garry Minihane and the members of the previous committee for their help and their fantastic work over the last 11 years.


West Cork Emergency Services and Friends is a group of volunteers from An Garda Síochana, Ambulance, Fire Services, Civil Defence, Red Cross, Coast Guard and other local volunteers who share an enthusiasm for cycling.A few years ago we decided to channel this shared interest into a fundraiser for some deserving causes. The annual cycle is open to everybody and attracts cyclists of all levels. It has gone from strength to strength each year and is now a firm fixture in West Cork's sports calendar.


BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE LAST 11 YEARS THIS EVENT HAS MANAGED TO RAISE:€417,400

THIS ALL GOES TO SUPPORT WORTHWHILE LOCAL CHARITIES.