Now and then in life you meet some special people and there is always one or two who stick to the mind..well in my case Joe Barr would be in my top 3 ..in a few years he will be 60 and still going madly strong.. Endurance specialist, Ex Pro cyclists and top amateur in his younger days, also promoter of worthy charities which he supplied with numerous collections towards their causes..a gentleman athlete racing around country’s for days on end. His back up team always on his side to conquer many endurance distances that seems nearly impossible to me as a spectator/reporter of the cycle sport .. well his latest endurance was around Ireland with a non stop 1340km greulling race done in 104 hours and just 3 and an half hour sleep !!! Yes you read this right…  Joe also broke his 2009 record of the same distance and route. Here the story of Joe in his own words and his team report..Photos of Joe’s social media page and some I took a few years ago. Also links to his charity and social media pages..Respect Joe and team Joe Barr ..you are making a difference to many of the causes you support. #anditsabsolutelyoktoaskforhelp

Winner. Race Around Ireland 2018

59 year old world endurance cyclist Joe Barr secures first place at the 10th edition of the Race Around Ireland after 1340 miles of non stop cycling with only 3.5 hours sleep all whilst raising vital funds for charity. The inaugural winner of the race in 2009, Barr returned 10 years later to set a new Irish record of 104 hours 3 mins and average speed of 12.8mph. The previous record was set by Joe in 2009 and lay unbroken since. Joe was also awarded the Joe Roche award for the fastest time between TS03 Coleraine and TS04 Malin Head in memory of the race organiser and route designer Joe Roche, who’s son Emmett continues to be a stalwart supporter of the race since it’s inception. He was also won the Ciarán Smith award for the fastest time through the mountains in Kerry from TS13 in Kilarney to TS14 Sneem. This award is in honour of Ciarán Smith a veteran endurance cyclist who tragically lost his life in the Irish coast guard R116 crash. His family and friends also cycled this year as part of an 8 person Team. Joe broke physical and mental barriers, fought severe sleep deprivation and conquered the steepest climbs Ireland has to offer.His crew supported his every pedal stroke. This is endurance racing! We’d like to thank the race organisers, our sponsors, our fans who lined the enitre route and our dedicated followers on Facebook.  Check out our coverage from throughout the race on our page. Please help us raise awareness for our partner charity Cycle Against Suicide   https://nfp.everydayhero.com/ie/cycle_against_suicide/
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And in Joe’s own words 

Joe here – I am home. Sore. Struggling to hold a cup. Can’t butter my toast. There are few words to describe this level of exhaustion. Of course, I’ve been here before and know that it is just another obstacle to negotiate. Recovery happens. But the one thing I want to do today is to say ‘THANK YOU IRELAND’. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to all the people that came out on the road night and day. Thank you for the roadside help that is the essence of Irish hospitality. Thank you for all our social media following. Thank you to all of the 2018 competitors who shaped this race and inspired my finest performance. Thank you to my sponsors who put me on the start line every time. I hope you enjoyed the ride. Thank you to my team. You are my family through thick and thin and I know this one was tough. Thank you for the energy given to me by you to push on.

I felt it and we won. We won in the greatest country, on the toughest course against the toughest competitors. During the race, when I was struggling in the deepest dark with sleep deprivation my Welsh brother in law, author Chris Kinsey wrote this for me. I am sharing it because it captures the impact support has in difficult moments. Your support helped me ‘push on’ when things were not ok. You got in there and you had my back.

In the hedgerows you see jokers, kings and knights,
Push on, push on, push on.
Riding in the dark, till morning light,
Push on, push on, push on.
Your mind will play games, the body will pain,
Push on, push on, push on
Ignore the wind, ignore the rain,
Push on, push on, push on.
You are our champion, you are our best,
You’ve faced up to the challenge, you’re up to the test,
When the day is done, when you cross that line,
You left it all out there, you did just fine.

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