About

Tom Daly

Tom Daly, PhD

I have had a long and varied background in sport, ranging from playing for the Kerry minor football team to being the first person to do a solo-circumnavigation of Ireland by kayak.

I have always cycled and my first major tour was around Iceland in 1981. The sport’s rich heritage also deeply interests me and I wrote the well-known book ‘The Rás: The Story of Ireland’s Unique Bike Race’ (Collins Press, 2003).

In my mid-50s, when work and family circumstances allowed, I set about finding out how good I could become as a bike-racer and I’m now well into the over-60 age cohort.

My former professional work helped with my development as a competitive cyclist, particularly my MA and PhD research experience which helped me study the most up-to-day literature on the physiological adaptation to training in older athletes.

People began asking me for help and advice and, following retirement from full-time work in professional development in education, I gradually increased my involvement in coaching. I also became Cycling Ireland qualified Coach. As a further development of my interest in older cyclists I set up Masters Cycling Coaching (MCC).

I have just an average natural talent as a cyclist but have continued to develop through smart and informed training. My ambition is to remain healthy and competitive, to enjoy all the variety and richness of cycling, and to help others do likewise.

While I enjoy many aspects of cycling, these are some highlights from recent competitive Masters cycling:

Some highlights from 2015:

  • Winner, Irish Championship, 2k Track Pursuit ( M60 )
  • 6th, World Masters Track Championships, scratch race (60-64)

Some highlights from 2016:

  • Winner, Irish Championship, 2k Track Pursuit ( M60 )
  • Winner, Irish Championship, 500m TT ( M60 )
  • Winner Cat. 4, Newcastle West Classic road race
  • 3rd, UCI Gran Fondo World Series, 60-64, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • 3rd, Shannonside GP road race
  • 8th,  World Masters Track Championships, scratch race (60-64)
  • 10th, World Masters Track pursuit race (60-64)

Some highlights from 2017:

  • Winner, Irish Championship, 2k Track Pursuit ( M60 )
  • Winner, Irish Championship, 500m TT ( M60 )
  • Winner, Irish Championship, Scratch Race ( M60 )
  • 3rd, Irish Hill Climb Championship (M60)
  • 3rd, Cooley Mountain Bike Marathon (M60)
  • 1st, Munster Road Race Championship (M60)
  • 1st, Munster Time Trial Championship (M60)

Some highlights from 2018:

I changed house twice during 2018 and developed a shoulder injury, so there was very little racing (apart from some TT). However, I managed to get back into form for the National Masters Track Championships in mid-Sept. and retained my three titles.

  • Winner, Irish Championship, 2k Track Pursuit ( M60 )
  • Winner, Irish Championship, 500m TT ( M60 )
  • Winner, Irish Championship, Scratch Race ( M60 )
Tom Daly, World Masters

World Masters Track Championships, 2016

Newcastlewest Classic 2016

Newcastlewest Classic, 2016

Munster TT Championships 2017, in kit of Killarney CC

Munster TT Championships 2017, in kit of Killarney CC

Munster Road Championships 2017

Munster Road Championships 2017

National Track Championships, scratch race, 2018

National Track Championships, scratch race, 2018

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