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James Ledwith - From Beneath the Crossbar to Sitting Astride it

posted 7 Nov 2011, 13:05 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 7 Nov 2011, 13:07 ]
(By Sarah Piner)  
This week I have been talking to James Ledwith.  James is a relatively new member of the club and has in fact only been cycling for the last year and a half. It’s great to see his perspective on the Wheelers and indeed his achievements so far and plans for the future..

Hello James, first of all tell us about your sports background?
I used to play GAA for the Mullingar Shamrocks and Soccer for Mullingar town, I was in goal! After that I played a bit of squash for general fitness.

So when and why did you get into cycling?
It was a year and half ago and I can happily blame Padraig Devine for that! He encouraged me to take part in the Spring Spin, I did the 25km route and really enjoyed it. It was at the event I got chatting to a girl in the Wheelers and she told me about the beginner spins that were on a Saturday morning. So a couple of weeks later I got the courage to head down to the ORS and to be honest with you I haven’t looked back since I really fell in love with it.

So what events have you taken part in so far?
Well I have actually done the Into the West Cycle twice now and set myself the goal of completing the full Spring Spin this year. I’m happy to say I achieved that and really enjoyed the weekend! I have taken part in the tour of the lakes and tackled the An Post Waterford 90km spin, that was really tough but great fun.

Wow not bad for someone who has only been cycling a year and a half! It must have helped being in the club?
Oh yes defiantly you are really encouraged to enter the events you want to do and just enjoy club spins with a great group of people.

So what are your plans for 2012?
I want to try the longer 100km+ touring events and I would also like to find an unusual event to take part in. I want to get as fit as I possibly can and hope to race in the club league out in Dysart.

What would you say to someone that was in your position a year and a half ago thinking about getting into cycling?
Absolutely go for it! Cycling has been a breath of fresh air to me, I can honestly say that even with all the sport I played as a youngster the kick you get from cycling is far better!

And lastly James you cycling hero’s?

Well you have to take inspiration from our very own Sean Magee, with over ten Wicklow challenges completed and an ability to ride at a high standard all the time. From the Pro ranks my hero is Lance Armstrong, not because of his Tour de France wins but his ability to return to his best after such a difficult time away from the top, you have to admire that kind of determination!

Thank you James...

James Ledwith in action
James Ledwith in action