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Mick Murphy – a Reflection

On the death of the legendary Kerry cyclist, Mick Murphy, the chapter on his story from the The Rás: The Story of Ireland’s Unique Bike Race (Collins Press 2003) is made available on-line on this website by the author and A1 Manager, Tom Daly. The following is some background to that story, along with a […]

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Managing the Inter-Season Period

This time of the year is the end of a long season for many and it can be a difficult period to manage. Some are burned out, dispirited, lack motivation and have no clear goals for the following season. Others can be at the opposite end of the spectrum – raring to go and reluctant […]

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The Art of Tapering for your Priority Event

“This margin of gain, over such a short period, is almost impossible by any other legal means!”   By Tom Daly, Manager A1 Coaching Summer is the time when most cyclists target their priority event of the year – that key day in which a year’s work and hopes are invested. The event may have […]

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Cycling – Why?

Article #3 of  Series – ‘Getting Ready for the Sportive Season’ By Siobhan Horgan [Click here … to see more about Siobhan] Despite the fact that I have been on the cycling scene for a long time now, many might be surprised to learn that I only bought my first bike when I was 24 […]

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Getting Started in Cycling – A Guide

“There’s no turning back once you’ve conquered your first hill or felt the rush of descending at high speed”   By Guest Writer, Paul Norton Click here … to read about Paul They say cycling is the new golf. Both are sociable, get you out in the fresh air and can be expensive! However, that’s […]

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Getting Started – A Guide for Beginners

“There’s no turning back once you’ve conquered your first hill or felt the rush of descending at high speed”   By Guest Writer, Paul Norton Click here … to read about Paul They say cycling is the new golf. Both are sociable, get you out in the fresh air and can be expensive! However, that’s […]

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Avoiding the Mechanical – Top Tips

‘Paul O’Reilly gives his top tips on how to avoid that mechanical and  get the best performance and enjoyment from your bike’   Whether a race or sportive, the ‘mechanical’ can ruin all your preparation and end your big day. A well-maintained bike also looks better and goes faster. A1 Coach and top bike mechanic […]

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Leisure cycling

Coasting down a long sloping descent, wind gently pushing you on towards a small village where a coffee and a bun awaits you. Your legs are pain free, your mind clear and your spirit light. Cycling doesn’t always have to be about pain, suffering and line outs in the gutter and for a lot of […]

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Sportives

With the tentative signs of the good weather arriving, the sportives will start to come thick and fast. These events typically involve a scenic route and often have one or more tough climbs. Some, such as the iconic Wicklow 200, seem to have nothing but climbing, but at 200km long with a demanding parcours it […]

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The Coffee Stop Rules

‘Carry a cotton cap which shall be worn, front facing, peak down, during the stop’ By Anthony Walsh, Director, A1 Coaching Should I stop for a coffee? Here are a couple of considerations to bear in mind when deciding if you should stop for a coffee. Firstly, you need like-minded training partners. Nothing is worse […]

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