Endurance cyclist Joe Barr, 62, has entered the history books once again with a new World Ultra Cycling Record for the first non-stop cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The first of its kind in Ireland, the gruelling 1,456 mile cycle from Muff in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork saw Joe complete the route in 127 hours 46 minutes.
Sponsored by White’s Oats, Joe’s endurance and mental strength were pushed to the limit as he battled adverse weather conditions to complete the gruelling 80,000ft climb, only stopping for one hour every 24 hours.
Official verification from the Guinness World Records for the cycle is also due in the coming days.
Speaking after completing the cycle, Joe said: “After my early exit from my first attempt of the route back in May, I took a step back and changed the way I thought about the race and also how I approached it.
“I have a unique relationship with road records in Ireland and a long-distance record usually cannot be won in the beginning but the beginning has to reflect how the end needs to play out.
“I changed my tactics for part two and taking lessons learned from part 1, changed my mindset and I’m delighted that I have been able to set this new record.”
Danielle McBride, Brand Manager at White’s Oats, added: “Joe’s strength and sheer determination are remarkable and there is no doubt that this was one of Joe’s toughest routes yet.
“However, he overcame the odds and everyone at White’s was behind him the whole way – we couldn’t be prouder of the entire team that made this record happen.”
In 2020 Joe set two new World Ultra-Cycling Association world records when he cycled from the west of Ireland to the east and back again and from north to south and back again.
He now uniquely holds all world records in all directions in Ireland.
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