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The story of my bicycle

The story of my bike - by Rachel Nolan ‘Rachel Nolan!... slow down or you’ll fall and cut your knees!’ This is one of my first and strongest memories of being on a bicycle. My Granny staring at me with a shocked expression on her face. She was not used to seeing little girls racing [...]

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The TransAtlanticWay

Cycle like a girl
2113.3km | 25,225m climbing | self-supported
“I have a question for you. When the boys need to pee, they just stop at the side of the road, but what do you do?”
A cyclist’s mother in law asked me minutes before the start of the TransAtlanticWay. Well, I do what the boys do, just in a different position”
For the next 5 days, cycling my way along the Irish west coast […]

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World’s Toughest Race Eco-Challenge Fiji

Would you take on the World’s Toughest Race – again?
Eco-Challenge – the bed rock of Adventure Racing
A personal race report about Rachel’s experience with Team Ireland AR taking of the World’s Toughest Race […]

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Maya Mountain Challenge blog

The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge

Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge Belize was more than just an adventure! Bush whacking in the jungle for over 20 hours, bikes sinking with the canoe, stranded on a deserted island, rescued by the Belize military, making camp fires with maps, serious bike collusions, cave swimming, abseiling down cliffs, bike swimming down rivers, eaten alive by [...]

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London Edinburgh London blog

London-Edinburgh-London cycle, August 2017

London - Edinburgh - London The Outsider Magazine caught up with endurance athlete Rachel Nolan to talk about her recent London-Edinburgh-London cycle. Rachel Nolan (31) is a badass. The Mayo woman, who is supported by Columbia, has racked up a serious amount of events in Ireland and further afield this year. She won The Race in Donegal, [...]

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THE RACE 2017, a personal report on Ireland’s toughest endurance race

THE RACE in Donegal The 5am whistle goes and we’re off.. THE RACE in Donegal is known ultimately as Ireland’s toughest endurance event due to the harsh unpredictable weather conditions, the relentless hills and the duration of the adventure. Participants have 24 hours to complete the unsupported course of 247km which incorporates running, biking and [...]

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ITERA world series expedition adventure race

ITERA  Gaelforce winds and relentless rain, sleep deprivation, life threatening situations- this was a seriously hardcore 5 days of adventure and certainly not for the inexperienced! ITERA 2016 was a 5 day non-stop 600km expedition race as part of the Adventure Racing World Series and this year it took place along the rugged coastline and [...]

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the wawa part 4

Part 4: Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The WAWA Audax part 4: 4am and it’s time to take on day 6!! of the WAWA Audax Even though the body wasn’t fresh, I was excited to get up and eat again. Growing up in a Bed & Breakfast and having a mother that is passionate about baking and experimenting with new recipies, I [...]

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the wawa part 3

Part 3: Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The WAWA Audax part 3: I thought I had already experienced my favourite county’s Wild Atlantic Way but I didn’t know what was yet to come and what jewels were left to be revealed during this WAWA Audax. The mist got heavier and at this point we were just excited to get back to base. [...]

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the wawa part 2

Part 2: Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The WAWA Audax part 2: Day 1 WAWA Audax: Kinsale - Kenmare 326km and a lot of big hills The first few hours of the WAWA Audax were all very sociable, the sun was out and the skies were blue, and then…. the ‘big hills’ started…. The Healy Pass, Kerry The route was just spectacular [...]

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