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.
In all, I competed in 12 different sports and worked as a Physical Education teacher for 20 years.
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 really get at bike-racing and I’m now in the over-60 age cohort.
My former professional work helped with my development as a competitive cyclist, particularly my MA and PhD research experience, and I have done much study 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 am a Cycling Ireland qualified Coach and was Manager of A1 Coaching for a period.
In 2014, at the Cycling Ireland AGM, I proposed and argued for the adoption of the current Masters age categories and related National Championships. The motion was narrowly passed, leading to the current arrangement.
As a further development of my interest in older cyclists I set up Masters Cycling Coaching (MCC).
Along with coaching, I continue to lecture in education on a part-time basis and also run Independent Writing Services Ireland.
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 likewise.
While I enjoy many aspects of cycling, these are some highlights from recent competitive Masters cycling:
- All Ireland M60 Track Pursuit Champion
- 6th place in World Masters Track Championships, scratch race
- All Ireland M60 2k Track Pursuit Champion
- All Ireland M60 Track Champion, 500m TT
- Winner of Cat. 4 Newcastle West Classic road race
- 3rd place in UCI Gran Fondo World Series, 60-64, Cambridgeshire, UK
- 3rd Shannonside GP
- 8th place in World Masters Track Championships, scratch race
- 10th place in World Masters Track pursuit race