Director / Founder
Anthony Walsh is the founder and Director of A1 Coaching. He grew up in a house enveloped by a love of cycling and it became a core part of his life from an early age. Anthony’s father was a bike mechanic and his apprenticeship began at an early age, working on bikes long into the night in a makeshift garage in the family home. Anthony’s father was also a true fan of the sport and Anthony absorbed a love and appreciation for the sport that would one day turn into his profession. Anthony has been described as a ‘true practitioner’ – having viewed the sport from diverse perspectives. Anthony’s journey has seem him transition from fan to local success story. And from professional athlete to one of the World’s leading coaches. “As the demand for his services grew, Anthony envisioned a coaching and mentoring approach based on the best available scientific evidence, combined with a high-level of practical experience and common sense”
Chief Operations Officer
Aaron Buggle began cycling at the age of 16 under the formative influence of his uncle-in-law, Paul Healion, a professional racer at the time. He progressed quickly and represented Ireland as a Junior, but his uncle and mentor then died tragically in a car accident and this shaped the following years of his life. Aaron’s early career was highly successful. He was National Time Trial Champion at the age of 18, represented Ireland on the road at Senior European and World Championships, and also on the track to World Cup level. Adversity, however, struck again and he was forced to spend a year off the bike with a series of injuries that were thought to be career-ending. Aaron’s tenacity paid off and he clawed his way back to become stronger than ever, getting a string of fine results that landed a contract the prestigious British Continental Pro team, Rapha Condor JLT. Rapha’s scientific approach and meticulous attention to detail helped Aaron reach new levels as he raced in various parts of the world. However, he received yet another setback which involved a number of serious crashes and head injuries. In consultation with his team and supporters, and taking medical advice, he decided that he had to prematurely end his promising professional career. Aaron began looking at other pathways and the world of academics was his next direction. He spent a year gaining the necessary criteria to enroll in a degree course in Sport Science and Health at Dublin City University (DCU). Meanwhile Aaron was back in deep talks with Anthony Walsh and they began working closely together in the building of A1 coaching. Aaron also joined the company’s coaching team. Aaron retains a huge enthusiasm for cycling and still rides his bike whenever he can, and he is now very happy that the various strands of his background have now come together as a coach. This coaching role allows Aaron to apply the experience gained from a highly-varied and successful cycling career, now combined with his academic knowledge of sports science. His renowned meticulous approach to preparation and attention to detail are also brought to the job. Most of all, Aaron’s main satisfaction from the sport now comes from helping others to reach their goals become as good as they possibly can.