A Word with Billy Cunnane

Post date: Jul 08, 2020 1:49:22 PM

When did you first get into Cycling?

Like most people I was on a bike at an early age. I started cycling competitively as a schoolboy in the Inter Firms TT in 1987. I was joined that day by Moss Keane and we bagged a prize for best newcomers. I then decided to join the Mullingar Cook Electric Cycling Club and raced under 16 and junior. I have fond memories of these times. The numbers in the 90's had dwindled off so I decided to take a well-deserved Career break. I decided to get back again and joined Lakeside wheelers in 2011 after a 21 year absence. It was an easy decision for me as I knew a lot of members of the club.

What is the best thing about being out on your bike?

Apart from keeping fit it’s a great social outlet. It’s a non-contact sport so its easy on the body. I’ve tried running over the years but I have to say I enjoy the bike better.

What is your training plan like at the moment?

My training plan like everyone is up in the air at the moment. I am getting out a bit on the bike within the 2km radius of my home. I am using the turbo trainer now and again to keep up the fitness levels. No plans for any event at the moment. Will have to wait and see what happens in the present climate.

What has been your best and worst moments on the bike?

Best:Winning my first open Race in 2012 as an A4 rider in the Traders Cup in Dundalk.

Worst: In 2013 I crashed out of the Emyvale GP and was gutted that my bike was more damaged than I was.

What is your advice to someone just starting out in cycling?

Get out on your bike as much as you can on your own at the start. Build up your mileage and this will help your bike handling skills. When you feel confident and stronger you should contact the club as there is a great beginners group which is leader led and is great craic.

When did you know you were a cyclist?

When I took part in 2011 in the spring spin. It was in aid of the North Westmeath Hospice. It consisted of a cycle to Sligo and back and a total round trip of 240kms. I was chuffed with my achievement.

If you were famous who would you be and why?

I would like to be Aerton Senna. I followed him in my youth. He is regarded as one of the greatest Formula drivers of all time.