www.MizMal.com is brought to you by Wild Atlantic Cycling. It is intended as a resource to encourage cyclists to rise to the challenge and complete the Ireland end-to-end.
You could think of MizMal as the Irish equivalent of Britain’s Land's End to John O’Groats (LEJOG), but with rugged coastline, Irish music, unique landscapes and lively pubs. It is sometimes know as 'Malin to Mizen' or 'Mizen to Malin'. There is no set route, but it is completed by hundreds of people each year. The route is most commonly completed by cyclists in around 5–6 days, with some INCREDIBLE exceptions:
- A record cycling time of 19 hours 3 mins was set in 1993 by Alex Barry.
- In July 2014, 26 members of the Over The Hill Cycling Club from Watergrasshill in County Cork completed the cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head in 23 hours
- Between 3–5 August 2012, Irish Ultra-Distance Cyclist Ricky Geoghegan became the first person to cycle non-stop from Malin Head to Mizen Head and back to Malin Head on a route of 773.2 miles, setting an Ultra Marathon Cycling Association Record (UMCA) with a time of 2 days, 7 hours, and 37 minutes
- Between 19-21 June 2015 Joe Barr set three records, the fastest North - South in 23 hours 20 mins, the fastest South to North in 25 hours and 40 mins and the total Malin - Mizen - Malin record in 49 hrs. His efforts surpassed the age 18-49 records set by Ricky Geoghegan, but Geoghegan's records remain listed due to category differences.
The route can be completed unsupported, or with the help of a supported cycling holiday company. In 2015 Wild Atlantic Cycling coined the phrase 'MizMal' to describe their particular Mizen to Malin End to End trip. 'MizMal Wild Atlantic' is a rugged and coastal route which takes in many highlights of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. A route taking in the best of the east of Ireland will be launched in 2017, called 'MizMal Ancient East'. The western and eastern routes could be completed together to total a cycling distance of 1900 km / 1175 miles around the entire island of Ireland.
The Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East are initiatives by Ireland's National Tourism Authority, Fáilte Ireland, to promote the wonderful scenery, culture, history and people of Ireland.