Birmingham Irish cyclists conquer 900km charity cycle along Irish coast
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Birmingham Irish cyclists conquer 900km charity cycle along Irish coast

A GROUP of Birmingham Irish cyclists have conquered a gruelling 560m charity cycle along Ireland’s West coast with a former international footballer dubbing it his toughest challenge yet.

Joe and Michelle Argue organised the 16th annual charity ride on behalf of Birmingham Irish Cycle Appeal in aid of Diabetes UK.

Cavan native Joe was joined by a team of 35 cyclists, among them former Wolves and Northern Ireland footballer Robbie Dennison.

“This has been the most mentally challenging thing I’ve ever done but the sense of achievement within the group is fantastic,” said the 52-year-old who has personally collected over £1,500 in donations.

The six day six-day mission began in Mizen Head.

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The 560m scenic journey took the fundraisers over the Cork and Kerry mountains, through Westport, Buncrana and then to Malin Head, also offering them stunning views of Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way.

Training for the charity cycle began in March, and Joe is now expecting to raise over £40,000 in total for the worthy cause.

In addition to raising funds for Diabetes UK, the money collected will also help Birmingham homeless charity Fireside Day Centre.

Previous Birmingham Irish Cycle Appeal rides have taken place in the US, Cyprus, Britain and Ireland.