When did you decide to go full-time on the bike?
I decided to go full time on the bike back in August. I had pneumonia for a few months before so my plan was to give up cycling and get a job. My mum said to me that she would pay for a coach if I wanted to stay at it so I decided to it a go. I went out on the bike when I recovered and I felt like I was missing something in my life so I just go stuck in. I had seen Irish Talented Athlete Program
was overhang scholarships for riders to have a go at becoming full-time professionals so I applied. That was while I was ill and by the time time i got back riding I had forgotten about applying. So then Jonathan Gibson
contacted me and asked me would I come to Galway for an interview for the program at iTap, I did and now I’m full-time. Its unreal is all I do now is train & eat
What have you put on hold and what sacrifices have you made to ride
What I have put on hold it my life, a lot. So I’m not working or anything. I train hard when everyone else is out smoking, drinking or whatever their into. But me I’m on my bike training hard for the 2015 season because it’s going to be a great season for the iTap
riders. Over Christmas I was with my family but on Stephens Day I had to travel to Roscommon for a training camp so that’s the difference. You have to juggle your social life but the bike comes first. But don’t get me wrong I still get out the odd weekend with my friends.
How has your family helped?
My family, well this wouldn’t happen only for my family. If I say I need something it’s there that day. My mother owns and restaurant so I get all the top food that I need, it’s like having my own shelf. And my parents both of them always have me well looked after by given a dig out here there and everywhere to head away to training camps and get my days work done on the bike. I’m very close to my parents so that’s good to. There just the best you could ask for. I couldn’t ask for better.
And what about your new Team iTap, what makes iTap different from your
Riding with a club you train, race do what you want and and you don’t worry about nobody else but yourself. Every race you enter its about yourself and every body is your enemy. With iTap it’s a lot different they give you your training prescription and they speak with the team and chose the races for the calendar. They also manage everything for you from nutrition, recovery, massage, injury management, strength & conditioning. We get looked after like pro’s. Every body is in it as a team so were always going to look out for everyone but destroy our enemy’s, that’s how we roll in iTap.
Give us an idea of what your week is like as a full-time bike rider?
Monday: Normally an hour recovery ride or take the day of. I like to take the odd day off as I like to relax and go out and meet up with a few friends.
Tuesday: A hard day doing hill work and a few hard efforts on the flat road, come home and straight into a hard hard core session.
Wednesday: About 2/3 hrs tempo leg speed. And it’s and all out session when you come home your destroyed.
Thursday: Endurance ride about 5hrs and just riding eating and drinking.
Friday: An hour recovery ride.
Saturday: A 25mile tt riding all and a few intervals.
Sunday: 5/6 hour endurance ride.
This is want i’m doing at the minute but every block is different and has been changing since last September.
What are you ambitions for 2015?
I just want to have a good year racing and see how I get with form and my ability.
What are the hardest things to manage in life now as opposed last year?
This year it’s a lot easier now that I have plenty of time on my hands and all I have to worry about is getting out on the bike and getting the food into me. That’s all.
Where do you see yourself in 2016?
I would like to see myself on a pro team. I think I’m well able with the help at the iTap
and The Athlete Clinic
who provide all our training and conditioning needs.
What your favourite music for the turbo?
Any type of music. When doing intervals I like a good beat that makes you want to push harder.
Whats your favourite food & drink on the bike?
Just water and a bar that my mother makes me , it’s just make the ride a lot more enjoyable.
Whats your pet hate in cycling?
When the sweat is running into my eyes.
Whats your favourite thing about cycling?
Sitting in a big bunch and smelling the rubber burn from the brakes blocks.
Whats your favourite race?
Tour de France
What professional rider do you wish to emulate?
Bradley Wiggins. He has shown the everyone and anybody is able to do anything. But my favourite cyclist is Philip Deignan because he lives about 5 miles away from me and I get out with him and Lizzie when there home on their recovery rides. There pure animals.
What is your favourite type of training session?
Speed work on the turbo or on the road.
What is your fastest time to fix a puncture?
Not to long but faster than any of my team mates because they just stand and watch you fix theirs.
How long can you hold a wheelie for?
For a few seconds, without clip on pedals a lot longer.
What your favourite Movie?
Fast and Furious
Who’s your dream Girl?
A top female hot cyclist.
Who’s your training partner?
Have you ever put wintergreen on your shammy by mistake?
Nope never. Wouldn’t be that stupid.
Can you trust your new team mates not to switch the wintergreen and shammy
Noway you could never trust these lads are you joking!!!! But on the bike I’d trust them 100% because their the best team mates going.
And a parting word?
There’s no hills like Donegal