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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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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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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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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Trust – the Fourth Key Ingredient

“Believe in what you are doing and put your trust in it“ By Liam Dolan To be a world-class athlete it is generally agreed that you need a combination of three key ingredients – talent, drive and commitment. And all in large doses. However, from my coaching and competitive experience I am beginning to believe […]

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Out of Love

“I came to re-appreciate that cycling is a truly beautiful sport with a rich, textured and colourful past”    By Anthony Walsh, BL   I have had a couple of injury-hit seasons. They have taken a physical and mental toll and prompted friends and family to ask: ‘Why do you still ride’? During the extended […]

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Cycling is Not the New Golf

“His remark, ‘cycling is new golf’, troubles me. My instinctive reaction is one of defiance. The thought of cycling becoming a social platform to facilitate business transactions is disturbing”    By Anthony Walsh, BL   The Sunday morning alarm clock sounds. For normal folk this a day of rest but for cyclists it’s another opportunity […]

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