|Introducing : Sean
What was your introduction to
cycling ?(First Club, first races, first result)
I joined An Oige with my best mate,
and we used to go hiking every weekend. I being a lazy
gasket, suggested getting bikes. I figured at least if
you walked up a hill you wouldn't have to walk down it!
first big win?
The Maynooth Grand Prix.
The great Ben Mckenna 2nd, 100 mile event. Six of us
Could not pick out one. I really enjoyed most of them
Riding World Championships in Barcelona, seeing
Merckx, Maertens, Gimondi - all the gods of cycling.
are you most proud of?
In domestic competition 3 stand out:
Carrick 2 day - 1st Overall: Mise, 2nd: Sean Kelly(you
might have heard of him).
Tour of Armagh (a 2 day in those days) - Ist Overall:
Mise , 4th Stephen Roche
Isle of Man - I always wanted to test myself against the
British Vets so I took great pleasure in winning the vets
race at 51. The race was run over the IOM TT course which
incl. a seven mile climb. I got into a break of seven
riders and took the sprint.
Vets Race IOM
to Belgian : Curwen Clague Trophy IOM
Ras -- how many and best performance?
2nd Overall twice , Stage winner, Yellow Jersey for a
I rode the Ras about 12 times and
The Tour of Ireland about the same. I remember in the mid
70's riding the 3 day Ras D'Cymru(Tour of Wales),
followed by the 5-day Sealink International, then a 2
week Tour of Britain, then the Ras, Tour of Scotland(5
days) and Tour of Ireland(8 days). Happily, and something
for which I am eternally grateful, the ESB paid your
wages anytime you represented your country
pictures below to enlarge)
Tour of Ireland
rider (amateur) that you have ridden against?
No dispute - Peter Doyle.
He could do anything on a bike -time trial, sprint, climb
and a fellow electrician in the E.S.B.! (See
link to Doyles 'Ras' above)
The Gorey 3
I was given an A licence until I was 43 and was
ineligable for the Gorey until then, however I have
ridden in it ever since without fail. I have just
completed my 19th, finishing them all, taking 7 stages (incl
a TT) and the Overall along the way. (I also rode it
twice when it was open to A riders)
Any good memories of the
One year of 6 night races - I won five of
them. As brothers racing, it
was always a secret ambition to finish 1,2,3. One
night in the Park we managed 1st, 2nd and 4th,
but the next week it happened. Tony 1st, Jimmy 2nd,
and myself 3rd. A special memory for all of us.
right - early season win in the park)
of racing (or touring) overseas?
I loved the tour of Britain. It was a 2 week race.
All you had to do was ride your bike - best of hotels,
bike looked after and good masseurs.
When things go
wrong (Or the one that got away)?
Going for a stage win in Tour of Scotland, an
Aussie grabbed my jersey in the sprint. he did not get by
me, but a Polish rider who was not in the melee won the
stage. The polish rider won a gold medal 6 weeks
later at the World Champs. His name, Michela
Nowicki (Poland won team time trial).
sprinter you've competed against?
This is a hard one. I will have to make them equal
My brother Tony, and a man who made a comeback last year
in the vets, Hughie Davis.
influences in your career?
I saw a race in Bray on a circuit. Christy Kimmage
Snr won it. I just had to have a go. The speed,
the noise, the colour, & the excitement!
long with Swords & why you joined (or why you
Best club in the country and the city! Rode
the Ras for Swords in 1994(def my last) and
joined officialy a few years later
Looking 'fresh' after finishing Ras in Swords '94
present day Pro's?
Zabel - a February to November winner, not like Cippo
who has to be carried to the finish in an armchair.
Zabel - no argument.
Best one day
Pro race?(Flanders? Parix Roub , Milan San, W/champs)
Paris - Roubaix , always a great winner.
Sintezi - any bike you leave against a wall wont move
on it's own !
nutrition (Breakfast -- mid race drinks --
'See' food. If I see it ...... I eat it !!
Mid race : H5
do you love most about cycling?
The freedom and comraderie
any other sports?
Formula 1 and Ireland in international Soccer.
Cycling Book(s) you have read?
A book about Tommy Simpson
advise would you give to 1st year racer?
Watch what the good riders do.
with Grandson Conor McKenna >>
can they then turn good performances into good results?
Put what you learn from the good
riders into practice.
cycling holiday destination?
Costa Del Sol - once you go off the
main roads, you're into a beautiful country, with
magnificent mountains, villages and people.
The Mill House in Julianstown - one
of the many places we are made feel welcome on our
thursday spins and last year my friend in Swords laid on
a surprise celebration there on one of those thursday
spins. I was spotted later coming home with a load of
baloons tied to my bike!
enjoyable Tour (non racing)
A few years ago I enjoyed the
Childline Tour which took us down to Kerry over 2 days to
meet other cylists for the Ring of Kerry.
Picture Gallery Below
3rd Nat C/ships
A young 'Kelly' &
mise with black hair
All Ireland Gold !!!!
(ok it was for Irish dancing!)