Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle?
The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle (formerly The West Cork Emergency Services & Friends Charity Cycle) will be based in Bantry, West Cork and will be held on Saturday the 14th July 2018
The Wild Atlantic Mizen 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. The 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.
Now in its 15th year, this cycle has already raised over €460,000 for local West Cork Charities.
When and where is event sign in?
All cyclists must sign in at Bantry Fire Station, which is located on the main square in Bantry.
What is the Entry Fee?
Early Bird Entry Fee (until 31st March) is €50 + €3 booking fee. €55 + €3 Booking Fee thereafter.
Can give an extra donation?
Yes, at Registration page you are allowed to make an extra donation to charity.
Are there minimum age requirements to enter?
Due to the challenging nature of the route a high level of fitness is required. If you have not participated in a physical activity for some time please consult your GP before embarking on a training programme for this event
All participants must be aged 16 or over on the day of the cycle.
All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Each participant, upon registration agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding the route.
What do I need to bring on the cycle?
- Your bike must be road worthy and in good working order
- Helmet (every cyclist is required the wear a helmet)
- Water and snacks
- Spare tubes and pump
- Mobile phone and emergency phone number
- Windproof top – hopefully it won’t be needed!
What is the refund policy?
Please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances.
Is there a maximum number of cyclists?
Yes. This event is limited to 500 cyclists.
What do I need to bring to sign in?
You will need to bring the Event Ticket that you received when registering for the cycle. Registration will be by Race Number on the Ticket.
Sign in Times:
- Friday 13th July 7pm-9.00pm
- Saturday 14th July 7am-8.30am
Are there showers available after the event?
YES - showers are available at the Maritime Hotel.
Is there first aid?
YES - Ambulances and mobile paramedics will be available all day, should anyone require medical assistance it will be administered in the fastest possible timeframe. Please call the emergency contact number provided on the day for medical emergencies.
Is there a bike mechanic available?
Yes, a bike mechanic will be available on the day.
Where is the nearest accommodation?
See the Accommodation page.
What do you get at sign in?
You will receive an event pack. The contents of the event pack have not been finalised at this time.
What time does the cycle start?
9.00am from the Fire Station in Bantry. If you wish to leave earlier you may do so, but you may not have the support of stewards, mechanical or medical cover or food stops on the route. Also the foodstop in Goleen will not be set up until 10am.
What facilities are on the day?
On the 3 routes the food, water and toilet facilities will be located as follows:
- Goleen (35km)
- Durrus (90km)
- Goleen (35km)
- Goleen (35km)
The Durrus food stop will provide sustenance for cyclists on the 130km route, however, if you feel the need you are more than welcome to stop. Water will also be available at Mizen Head (100km and 130km routes) and at the top of the Goat’s Path on the 130km Sheeps Head route.
Do I have to stick to the route I indicated when registering?
Not at all, if you feel good on the day you can go for one of the longer routes. Similarly, there are some sneaky short-cuts available!
Are the roads closed?
There are no road closures for this event. Participants must obey the rules of the road at all times.
Where will the cycle finish?
The cycle will finish at Bantry Fire Station where there will be a massive BBQ. Showers will be available at the Maritime hotel (if wearing your wristband). Live music will be provided by the Quays Bar and the Bantry Bay Hotel.
What about car parking?
There are 2 designated car parks which will be signposted on the Saturday morning. Please park your car in one of the 2 designated car parks and cycle down to sign-on at the Fire Station. Bike racks will be available outside the Fire Station.
What are the cycle routes?
See our Route page; maps will also be posted in the fire station.