When did you decide to go full-time on the bike?
Well I’m a new comer to the sport of cycling starting in 2013 but this year when I seen all the lads I know on itap go from A3 to A1 in one year I really sat up and took notice and started to believe I could do the same.
What have you put on hold and what sacrifices have you made to ride full-time?
I have put on a hold a degree in biopharmectiucal science in galway. The big sacrifice is seeing all your friends go out while you stay in but thats easy as racing the bike at such a high level is a much better buzz than a night out.
How has your family helped?
My family have been amazing from my mam to teaching me how to cook and along side my dad being at every race running up and down the country with me and no way could I have taken on this challenge without there help and the help of my sisters.
And what about your new Team iTap, what makes iTap different from your domestic club?
The big thing I notice is the feeling you get when you put on the itap jersey your not there to take part your there to win. Also the lads give there all for every one like if one rider is in with a shout all the other lads would work as hard as they can to make it happen and the support from the Athletic Clinic, O’Nells Cycles, Kalas Ireland and the Bike Clinic is unreal. Jonathan Gibson keeps the whole thing going for us its the real deal
Give us an idea of what your week is like as a full-time bike rider?
Monday is an hour recovery ride and then tuesday is two hours and wedesday thursday would be three, four or five hours with a recovery spin friday and then the long spins at the weekend and then theres all the core which has to be done along with recovery eating the right foods, foam rolling, stretching and all. Its a full-time job.
What are you ambitions for 2016?
Firstly I want to be winning and finishing in the results week in week out in the best races in Ireland and abroad swell as riding the Ras. I want to do well and be up there, as its a race I have great love for.
Stephen winning Leinster A3 Championships 2015
What are the hardest things to manage in life now as opposed last year?
The diet, getting the right food in and not eating junk food. a planned diet was something I never had before so its been tough to get into a routine of eating well but I’m enjoying it.
Where do you see yourself in 2017?
Winning stages of races like the Ras and being on a pro team and racing abroad week in week out would be the goal and being with itap I know thats achievable
What your favourite music for the turbo?
Avicci or something with a beat to get you through the torture that is a turbo session
Whats your favourite food & drink on the bike?
Mi-wadi and bananas can’t bate it.
Whats your pet hate in cycling?
The dodgey tan-lines and the fact cyclists have the arms of 12 year old girls not very attractive.
Whats your favourite thing about cycling?
Racing i only train becuase i love to race nothing like dishing out some pain in a race
Whats your favourite race?
Paris roubaix, proper hard mans race. Every year I’ve watched it I’ve not been disapointed
Team Kit by Kalas Ireland
What professional rider do you wish to emulate?
Philip Gilbert the mans a legend…. well Philip Gilbert in 2011.
What is your favourite type of training session?
Hill repeats nothing like a long day in the hills
What is your fastest time to fix a puncture?
5 minutes on a good day
How long can you hold a wheelie for?
0 seconds on a road bike and 2 seconds on a mountain bike.
What your favourite Movie?
Step Brothers a timeless classic
Who’s your dream Girl?
I wont repeat a soft answer like Darragh Bailey left….😀 anyways someone like jennifer lawrence or of that description would do nicely.
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Who’s your training partner?
Ah myself and David Brody my team mate have come quite a dream team recently
Have you ever put wintergreen on your shammy by mistake?
Yes at the bogman 2 day last year I thought I sat on glass, I was in the shower scrubbing 20 minutes before the start not the best warm up I must say.
Can you trust your new team mates not to switch the wintergreen and shammy cream tubs?
Ah its a tough one Feeley’s a devil for giving out pain so I’d be very careful if I seen him with my shorts.
And a parting word?
You can either be sore tomorrow or sorry tomorrow so train hard and leave everything on the road.