Kildare town novice cycles coast for cancer research

David Fitzsimons from Kildare town who cycled around the coast of Ireland for cancer research.
Last month fearless adventurer David Fitzsimons completed a charity cycle around the coast of Ireland in 22 days for cancer research.

Last month fearless adventurer David Fitzsimons completed a charity cycle around the coast of Ireland in 22 days for cancer research.

David, who originally hails from Kildare town, took on the cycle, “Going The Distance” on September 8. The construction worker solo cycled the entire coastline of Ireland in 22 days without any external support despite only recently taking up the sport.

Averaging 145 kms per day and camping at night, he carried all his supplies on the bike. The total distance covered amounted to an impressive 3,200 km.

David decided to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society in memory of his father Eamon, who passed away from the disease.

He said: “It was a dream, then it became a reality, then it was like utopia. Adventuring makes you modest and ignites the mind’s spirt. This was a once in a lifetime trip. It was tough going during it, but it was incredible,” he said.

It seems the former Ellistown footballer has caught the adventuring bug as he hopes to swap his bike for a kayak to navigate the coastline within the next two years.