Rider Profiles

Aisling Flanagan

posted 22 Jun 2014, 15:01 by Kevin Monaghan

Why & when did you take up cycling?
Aisling Flanagan
I started cycling in Oct 2012 when I bought a bike on the Cycle to Work Scheme. I had just finished my thesis and wanted to get fit again. My first cycling event was a charity cycle for LARCC and I loved it. I play football competitively and that competitive drive has transferred on to the bike.
 
No. of hours training during week?
I train 8-10 hours a week approx during the winter. It can vary in the summer as races are incorporated in my training.
 
Best & worst cycling moment?
My best cycling moment is actually my best and worst one. Richie Donoghue convinced me to do a charity spin (Mullingar- Maynooth –Mullingar).

The worst part was I didn’t have any breakfast and only ate a Mars bar all day. I reached Maynooth feeling good but I struggled on the return leg home. I had to be pushed up the hill at Fureys pub!

The best part of this cycle was that I made really good friends with whom I cycle now. It also introduced me to group cycling and the camaraderie you build up with people in cycling groups.

Ronan Bracken

posted 22 Jun 2014, 14:56 by Kevin Monaghan

Ronan Bracken
Why & when did you take up cycling?
One of my earliest memories is flying down a hill with pedal brakes on a crock of a bike when I was 6 in my home town Portlaoise.  I always wanted to do more cycling when I got older but I could never afford it or make time for it. Long story short, I eventually bought a bike and joined the Wheelers in Mullingar. They’re a wonderful club with lots of different personalities and fun characters. I still try some target practice on the bike from time to time, but it’s generally frowned upon.

No. of hours training during week?
I probably train 5~6 hours a week on the bike.  I try to ensure that I enjoy my training. At the end of the day, if it’s just a drag then it’s not worth spending time on.

Best & worst cycling moment?
Worst: My worst moment in cycling was flying down a wet road on a TT bike in a triathlon in Wicklow. I hit the ground and, as I was wearing a sleeveless tri suit, ripped most of the skin off my shoulder on the rough Wicklow roads … the bike was mostly ok though! ;)

Best: My best moment is really a collection of moments. Riding along in a fast moving group, feeling comfortable, with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair and having a chat with your fellow cyclists … it just doesn't get any better than that!

Billy Cunnane

posted 16 Jun 2014, 09:11 by Kevin Monaghan

Billy Cunnane
Why & When did you take up cycling?
I started cycling as a schoolboy in the Inter-schools TT in 1987 and raced with Mullingar Cooke Electric Cycling Club until 1990.  I then decided to take a well deserved career break.! The esteemed Joe Duffy convinced me to join Lakeside Wheelers after an absence of 21 years.  It was an easy decision to make as I knew a lot of the members of Lakeside Wheelers for years.
 
No of hours training during week?
10-12 hours per week approx during the winter, it can vary in the summer as races are incorporated in my training.
 
Best & Worst Cycling moments?
Best: Winning my first open race in 2012 as an A4 rider in the Traders Cup Dundalk.  2014 has been a memorable year so far with a win in Clara and 3rd in Mount Temple in the Midland League.  I also placed 4th in Emyvale A3 race and was the first Vet across the line.  I take great joy in bringing the juniors out on training spins which means I get to spend time cycling with my son Jack.   I am really looking forward to the Nationals and especially that it’s happening on home ground.

Worst: In 2013 I crashed in Emyvale GP and was gutted that my bike was more damaged than I was!

Brendan Tosh Kiernan

posted 16 Jun 2014, 09:06 by Kevin Monaghan

Brenan Tosh Kiernan
Why & when did you take up cycling?
In 2010 I decided to participate in the Spring Spin Charity Cycle to Sligo.  This spin is organised to raise funds for North Westmeath Hospice, a charity which is close to my heart as my Dad was quite ill at the time.  After doing this cycle I decided to keep my fitness levels up & joined Lakeside Wheelers which proved to be a great decision as I have lost 3 stone since I started cycling!
 
No of hours training during week?
10-12 hours per week approx during the winter, it can vary in the summer as races are incorporated in my training.
 
Best & Worst Cycling Moments?
Best: The highlight was winning the 2013 Grand Prix A4 race in Mullingar which I dedicated to the memory of my Dad.
Other great moments of 2013 include winning the Mullingar Criterium, 3 stages of the Midland League and placing 3rd in Emyvale.  The above achievements encouraged me to enter the National Vets Road Race and I am looking forward to doing the club proud.

Worst: Crashing in the very first 3 road races in 2013 but it didn’t put me off.

Sonja O’Mahony

posted 10 Jun 2014, 14:57 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 Jun 2014, 02:08 ]

Sonja O'Mahony
Why & when did you take up cycling?
I have been a triathlete for the last number of years and liked the disciplines involved, my favourite of course was cycling.  Last year I decided to focus on cycling only and I am really enjoying taking it to a new level.
 
No of hours training during week?
I train 8-10 hours a week, it depends on my schedule as I work full time and I have a busy house with 2 young children.
 
Best & worst cycling moment?
Best – any race that I finished upright this year..!  I have really enjoyed taking part in the Ladies races and I was delighted to finish 6th in round 4 of the League in Castlecomer on the 1st June, definitely the highlight.
 
I was unlucky to be involved in a few crashes in the Ladies National League, thankfully no serious injuries and it has not put me off cycling.
 
While there is a lot of commitment involved in training for the Nationals, we make sure to have a bit banter and craic.  I am looking forward to competing in the Nationals especially in my home town.

Michelle O Halloran

posted 10 Jun 2014, 14:56 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 Jun 2014, 02:09 ]

Michelle O Halloran
Why & when did you take up cycling?
I was a member of Mullingar harriers for years and had to stop running this time last year due to injury. I then decided to take up cycling as it didn't affect my back injury.  My first ever cycling event was the Tour of Burren and I was bitten by the bug after that.
 
No of hours training during week?
I train 8-10 hours a week, it depends on my schedule as I work full time and am a mother to 2 young children.
 
Best & worst cycling moment?
Its been a really good year so far having placed 2nd & 3rd in two recent Ladies races.  The highlight of the year was being selected for the Leinster Squad and we raced in the Bedford 3 day, it was an unbelievable experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.

My worst moment was crashing in a race earlier this year in Slane however it didn't put me off and I was back on the bike a few days later cycling for the launch of the Nationals.
 
It has been a very steep learning curve over the past 12 months but I am enjoying my new sport and I look forward to competing in the National Championships.
 

Fran Meehan

posted 19 May 2014, 15:24 by Kevin Monaghan

Fran Meehan
Fran is a well known Irish female cyclist with many achievements on the mountain bike, tandem and road racing.  Fran is a former Mullingar native and in her earlier years won several all Ireland school medals in athletics.  


Fran was a former member of Tullamore Cycling Club and now races with Aquablue team.  She is well known for her success on the tandem as a pilot for Catherine Walsh.


From: Tullamore, Offaly

Team: Aqua Blue

 

 

Important results

Winner Elite Women’s Cyclecross 2013

Bronze medal World Paracycling Championships 2011

Silver medal Track pursuit event Paracycling Olympics 2012

Caroline Ryan

posted 19 May 2014, 15:21 by Kevin Monaghan

Caroline Ryan
Caroline is one of Ireland’s most successful female cyclists.  Previously she was an accomplished oarswoman for Ireland and was selected to represent Ireland in Rowing from 2005 to 2008.  Caroline moved from rowing to Cycling and achieved huge success considering her late transition.  


She has taken part in road, track and Paracycling events.  She was 6th in the recent world championships 2014.  She is currently ranked no 1 in UCI World rankings for Individual pursuit on the track.


Club: Garda Cycling Club

Disciplines: Track, time trial and road racing

 

Important results

National Individual Pursuit, Scratch and Omnium Champion 2013

National Road Time Trial Champion 2013

National 500M TT Championship – Bronze 2013

Gold Individual Pursuit - International Track Grand Prix, Ireland 2013

Melaine Spath

posted 19 May 2014, 15:17 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 19 May 2014, 15:17 ]

Melaine Spath
Melaine is one of the most talented female riders and married to Ryan Sherlock who is one of Ireland’s most accomplished cyclists.  He has been her coach since 2007 when she started cycling. 


This year Melaine joined Danish Team Rygter as it is more convenient for her to race in Europe as her family life and work are based in Dublin.

 

From:   Germany, living in Ireland 14 years

Professional Club: Tea Rygter


Important results

Winner National Road Championships Ireland, 2012 & 2013

2nd National Road Time Trial 2013

2nd National Road Time Trial 2013

Winner MTB XC National Champs 2013   

Martyn Irvine

posted 12 May 2014, 14:35 by Kevin Monaghan

Martyn Irvine
Age:
   29
From: Newtownards, Co. Down 
 
Martyn was born in Co Down and at that time cycling was a sport receiving a lot of attention in Ireland thanks to the successes of legendary riders Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. However Martyn’s love affair with the sport didn’t begin until his late teens when he picked up his first mountain bike. He quickly swapped it for a road bike and at the age of 19 joined the Ards cycling club. Within two years he was representing the Sean Kelly cycling team in Belgium and hasn’t looked back.

Martyn joined the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in 2013 and experienced a season filled with great success.  In March 2013, he fractured his femur in a crash in Taiwan, he healed in remarkably swift fashion and returned to racing only to re-injure it later in the year.

Now back on the bike, this unstoppable human machine with remarkable horsepower is set to go for the 2014 season with Team UnitedHealthcare. The track-racing specialist represented his country in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Omnium event where he took 13thoverall. The versatile pro also landed 2nd place in the Scratch Race and Individual Pursuit event at the 2012 World Cup in Glasgow, finished 2nd in the Irish Time Trial Championships, and 4th in the Irish Road Race Championships, to add to his list of accolades last season.

 In February 2014, Martyn Irvine became the first Irish male cyclist to win a medal at the World Track Championships in over 100 years.

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