Anthony Walsh

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”

Aaron Buggle

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.

Allan Davis


Allan Davis is a former Australian Professional Cyclist who finished his lustrous career with Pro Tour outfit Orica GreenEdge in 2012 having previously rode with the Astana team. As a rider Allan was renowned for his sprinting ability which helped him win some of the biggest races in the world. In 2004 and 2005 Allan participated in the Tour de France where he finished 5th in the race for the green jersey competition which was won by Norwegian Thor Hushovd. In 2009 Allan hit the season on top form winning three stages and the General Classification in the Tour Down Under. The following year he went on to win a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games Road Race. Allan’s biggest results came in some of the world’s biggest one day races such as the World’s Road Race Championships where he finished 3rd in 2010 and 6th in 2012 and Milan San Remo where he finished 2nd in 2007 and 4th in 2009. Allan has always been hugely motivated to help other riders reach their full potential, not only aspiring pro’s but also those riders wanting to be as good as they can be. Allan fully understands what it takes to reach your personal goals on the bike from not only a riders perspective at the highest level but he has also coached riders since he turned pro and maintains huge enthusiasm for his clients and their progression. Allan still feels he has a lot more to give to cycling and he now aims to do that through working with A1

David Brennan


David brings a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to the A1 coaching team. He has been a racing cyclist for over 15 years, having raced in Italy, France and in the USA, and he currently races as an A1 cyclist with Castlebar CC. He believes that his strength lies in helping ambitious athletes manage their training and racing ambitions, whilst also recognising that the majority of athletes have a limited time frame in which to achieve these objectives. His other work, as a self-employed accountant and business owner, gives him a good insight into managing training for elite racing with life’s other demands. He will bring a personalised and specific approach to each athlete’s training schedule, which caters to both their cycling ability and objectives, but also tailored to compliment their everyday lifestyle. David’s strongest training philosophy is that of training consistency, his motto being ‘Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment’. In saying that, he always stresses the importance of simply embracing the pure joy of riding ones bike. ‘David was a good friend for a winter in the states! We trained really hard together 30 hour weeks and then we went to the first race in Florida and he was the only one who could match me and protour garmin rider Phil Gaimon! Was great times, with his background in Accounting I know he would be an amazing coach too!’ (Pro Cyclist David Guttenplan about his time riding with David Brennan)

Matthew Teggert


Matthew Teggart is a professional Irish cyclist from Banbridge with a wealth of knowledge, and years of experience in the sport. Matthew was born into a cycling-orientated family, with his Father, both Grandfathers and Uncle all elite cyclists who once represented Ireland/Northern Ireland at Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. It was no surprise when he turned to the sport, and with this family pedigree it wasn't long before Matthew started getting results as a junior and worked his way onto the Irish National Teams. Matthew spent two years racing in France, before signing for An Post Chain Reaction. An incredible 2017 season saw him take victory on Stage 3 of the An Post Ras, and also wear the yellow jersey as leader of the race. He also took the mountains jersey in the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir. Along the way Matthew has learned a lot about various training methodologies, and how to get the most out of himself as a cyclist. Working as an A1 Coach Matthew seeks to apply his knowledge and experience to help athletes of all levels achieve their goals, improve their performance, and get more enjoyment from their cycling. Matthew would be an ideal coach for both leisure and racing cyclists looking to improve their performance.

Alan Ryan


Alan Ryan took up triathlon in his mid-thirties to lose some post-smoking weight gain. He did his first Ironman aged 38. Now, ten years and fifteen sub-10-hour Iron distance races later, he is still convinced his best races are ahead of him. Alan has numerous international age-group victories and podiums in Iron distance racing to his name. He is the only Irish person to make the podium twice at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He has done it in the 40 and 45 age groups- traditionally two of the largest and most competitive in the race. Other achievements he is particularly proud of are include: setting an Irish Ironman record at the aged of 42, a top-ten overall bike split at Ironman UK – including beating many of the professional athletes, and running down Laurent Jalabert on the Queen K in Kona. Although concentrating on long distance racing, Alan has had overall victories at half-Ironman and shorter distance also. Over the last ten years, despite his age and having limited hours to train, Alan has consistently been one of the top Ironman triathletes in the country.

Danielle DeFranceschi


Danielle started racing at age 13 in his native Ontario and began his international experience as a member of the Canadian Junior team at 17. He progressed to an elite career on road and track that included six Canadian National Championships. Now, as a husband and father, his own results take second priority and Daniele is giving back to the sport he loves so much through coaching in the cycling community at all levels. From this, his cycling thrills come mainly from the progress he sees his riders make through his guidance. Daniele believes in closely mentoring his athletes through the inevitable highs and lows which every ambitious rider experiences. He finds that, with intense work and a constant striving for improvement, his athletes can achieve incredible results through a structured programme. Daniele is thrilled to come back to the international cycling scene through A1 Coaching and to help an even wider spectrum of riders to achieve their goals.

Dylan Foley


After becoming involved in cycling at the age of 14, Dylan quickly caught the bug for the bike and racing. Following a spree of national medals at underage and junior level, Dylan was given the chance to represent the Irish Junior Team in the European Championships in 2012 and World Championships in 2013. He progressed to first year senior in 2014, winning a stage at Rás Mumhan being the highlight of the year before a stint in Brittany after finishing school. In 2015 Dylan made a move to AC Bisontine in France where he raced full-time for a few months until the following two seasons were stunted by an ongoing illness. Dylan overcame this setback however, and plans to make a full return to racing in 2018. Having experienced both the highs and lows of cycling over the past few seasons, continuous day to day communication with a coach is key to a rider's performance,” said Foley. “Having a structured training plan laid out, I have found, allows the rider to get the most of themselves, taking out the guesswork associated with coaching yourself.” Returning to university in UCC after racing in France allowed Dylan to see both ends of the spectrum in terms of time management with training. The ability to get the right balance between life and training, without putting too much stress on the body, is a fine line and a trap experienced by many riders. Whether it is the goal of getting upgraded from A2 to A1 or completing a sportive, Dylan stands by the belief that a coach is highly influential in a rider's physical and psychological reaction to training. “As a person and cyclist, I have always valued myself on hard work and dedication, rather than talent. Through hard work, perseveration and the correct harmony between coach and rider, I believe any rider is capable of reaching their goals.”

Ian Cassidy


Ian found his way into triathlon seeking no more than a ‘fresh challenge’. As he started out, he didn’t know that this ‘fresh challenge’ would shape his life for years to come. Seven years of competing in Triathlon enabled Ian to master his craft at one distance, before stepping up and applying those lessons in slightly longer races. A shoulder injury, and subsequent forced retirement from triathlon, opened a new chapter for Ian - cycling. Ian’s progression through the ranks in cycling has been extraordinary. Early victories fueled a passion, and Ian has now established himself as one of the best ‘Men against the Clock’ in Ireland; winning the 2016 Provincial Time Trial Championships and bagging a Silver at this year’s National Masters Championships. Ian is a certified Retul Bike Fitter, Cycling Ireland Level One Coach, and the current head Triathlon Coach for one of the largest Tri Clubs in Ireland - Piranha. Ian has achieved considerable sporting success, while balancing family life (wife & four children) and the demands of a full time job. Ian’s style, experience and unique take on mental preparation make him an ideal coach for anyone who is struggling to blend their training with work, family and a social life. He’ll take the guesswork out of your training and deliver a plan which will adapt to your needs and get you results! Ian Coaches: Road, Time Trial, Triathlon, MTB and CX.

Jamie Blanchfield


For as long as I can remember I’ve had a keen interest in sport and performance, from club right up to elite level. I am a firm believer that hard work, dedication and effective individualised training can help people from every walk of life achieve their goals, be that finishing their local sportive or pulling on a national jersey to represent your country. On a personal level I’ve been involved in competitive cycling for about 5 years now, starting out as a first year junior. During my second year as a junior in 2014 I won a national road race medal which really gave me a hunger to achieve more within the sport. I’m now currently in the under 23 ranks racing with Panduit Carrick Wheelers. I’m also studying sports coaching and performance in Waterford Institute of Technology in year 3 and balancing this with racing and training within the A1 category in Ireland. Last Summer I had a stint racing abroad in Brittany, France and loved every minute of it while gaining vast amounts of tactical knowledge and picking up some results along the way. While out there I also picked up my first national jersey which was a major milestone for me and is something I’m hoping to replicate for my last two years as an under 23. My whole philosophy of coaching revolves around the development of self-sufficient athletes by aiding and educating them in every way possible along their journey. I value working on weaknesses and perfecting strengths, this gives me great satisfaction. My definition of success would therefore be when an athlete has taken the time and initiative to work on their weaknesses regardless of whether they improve or not. It will be my duty as a coach to ensure that they improve and develop. Through all of this background work success will also come in the form of race results, personal bests and a long-lasting love of their sport.

John Kenny


From those initial road spins at eight years old, John quickly progressed through the juvenile ranks, establishing himself as a formidable competitor and Regional medalist in his early teens. John briefly stepped away from the sport as he juggled the complexities of work, study and family, but the passion instilled from an early age never burned out. The lure of the bike proved too much and John returned to cycling with Navan Road Club where the competitive spark was reignited and the drive to fulfill his talent and potential was actualized. In his late 20s with work and family commitments in tow, John proceed to rise through the ranks at a meteoric rate, jumping from A4 to A1 rapidly. Realizing his youthful potential, as an adult competitor John has received placings and podiums in every category he has raced in. John’s return to the sport has been facilitated by a rare attribute he possesses; his fantastic ability to balance racing and training with a full time job and family life as a husband and father to three young boys. With his youngest son born six months prior to him competing in the 2014 An Post Rás, John proved his ability to manage any workload by continuing to race at the highest level in Irish cycling. His infectious attitude to training and zealous obsession with the study and practice of training methodologies and physiology has allowed John to remain competitive at the top table despite being confronted with the numerous obstacles faced by amateur athletes. With a fully certified Association British Cycling Level 3 Coach and over 15 years of experience in weight training, John adheres to the principles outlined by the likes of Joe Friel, Andrew Coggan and Hunter Allen, placing particular emphasis on the importance of power training. He appreciates the importance of training hard but equally knowing how to train properly. Finally, John possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Facilitated by his work as a Secondary School teacher for the past 14 years, everyday professional practice has furnished him with a unique ability to make difficult concepts easy to comprehend. Above all else, John is passionate about the benefits sport brings to the lives of both young and old. Being a level one basketball coach with a track record of success coaching youth teams to both Regional and National stage, John has a full appreciation of exactly what is required in every individual to maximize their potential. A man who thrives on attention to detail and emphasizing the maxim of marginal gains, John lives the philosophy that “preparation is the key to success.” John would be an ideal coach for anyone looking to develop the more technical aspects of their training. With John’s training, not only will you receive quality instruction in how to develop and improve your performance, he will also furnish you with the knowledge and ability to identify and recognize the processes yourself.

Mike Cuming


Ex British National Champion, Mike Cuming, brings a wealth of top level Racing & Coaching experience to the A1 Coaching Team. Cycling was very much apart of Mike’s identity growing up. Inspired to get on the bike by his father who was a professional racer in the 1970’s & 1980’s Mike started cycling aged just fifteen. By the age of eighteen Mike had progressed to Elite level in the United Kingdom where he was starting to get attention from bigger teams on the British Premier Calendar Circuit. As Mike was progressing through the ranks of British Cycling he was constantly questioning norms. Looking for ways to improve both physically & mentally. Aged just eighteen Mike signed for Raleigh Pro Cycling before moving to France and then onto Belgium. The experience gained from riding on the continent coupled with his continuing thirst for knowledge saw Mike sign professional papers with Rapha Condor aged just twenty years old. Mike would excel at Rapha Condor with notable results including: Winning the Under 23 British National Road Race title and first place on General Classification in the 8 day Tour of Korea. Mike departed Rapha Condor after four successful years with the team in order to grow as a rider. His journey has taken him to Australia before recently returning to the UK with Neon Velo Pro Cycling. Mike has truly served the traditional professional cycling apprenticeship. Over the course of his career he’s been lucky enough to work with some of the best coaches, directors and riders in the world. His keen thirst for knowledge has allowed him to absorb these teaching at each step along the way. Mike has a rare ability to simplify ‘industry best coaching practises’ and deliver them, to the client, in a way which is easy to understand and implement. Mike would be an ideal coach for anyone who is ambitious and looking to make serious progress in either Road Racing or Sportive Events.

Peter Leahy


Peter brings a wealth of sports science expertise and knowledge to A1 Coaching. He has completed a Bsc in Sports Coaching and Performance and is currently studying a Msc in Exercise Physiology. His studies were completed in tandem with his progression through the ranks of cycling, starting as an A4, and working his way up to A1 in the space of three years. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge on the science behind the training, Peter is constantly keeping abreast of the latest developments in training methodologies, and other developments in sports science research. In the past year he has worked closely alongside Aaron Buggle in the development of the Winter Blueprint, and would be an ideal coach for anyone looking to implement the system this winter. Peter would be a suitable coach for any rider looking to take their cycling to the next level, get upgraded to the next category, or a beginner racer looking to improve.

Peter Morse


Peter has over 24 years of cycling experience in his native Canada and across the world. Born in Toronto, he first tried mountain bike racing in 1990 at the age of 20 and was immediately hooked. He then took up Cyclocross and road cycling as part of his winter training programme and quickly became hooked on these also! Peter, therefore, has a very wide range of competitive experience with matching success. This ranges from a Canadian National Criterium Championships medal to representing his native Canadian at the World Cyclocross Championships, along with many wins at Provincial and elite level. He worked as a self-employed Massage Therapist which allowed the flexibility to train successfully and to travel widely to competitions. This, and his work with many elite athletes, gave him an appreciation of the importance of balance between training and life’s many responsibilities. Peter is also a UCI Manager and has ridden for, and managed, three winning teams, currently OCTTO-Cervelo. Additionally, he has organized and led Learn-to-Race programs and clinics for both road and cyclocross. He is also an experienced bike mechanic and talented wheel builder – he even builds all his teammate’s wheels! Peter, therefore, embraces all aspects of cycling and his affiliations across the sport – including regular racing trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Taiwan and throughout North America – has brought him an immense amount of experience. Peter’s passion for cycling is contagious. While he doesn’t consider himself to have exceptional natural ability, his capacity to pursue challenging goals and follow a consistent, structured training programme has led to many successes. Hard work, dedication, and an informed training programme has made the difference, leading to results beyond Peter’s initial dreams. This background, coupled with his enthusiasm, drive and an easy-going and accepting nature, has assisted many riders of all ages to find the confidence and self-assuredness to achieve their full potential. Peter is happy that his role with A1 Coaching allows him to extend this to an even wider range of athletes. Peter continues to pursue his uninterrupted domestic competitive cycling career in both road and cyclocross racing and he continues to race internationally in both the Netherlands and the United States on a regular basis. He occasionally participates in single-speed MTB races for a different type of challenge.

Ryan Connor


Ryan has worked at elite and international level as a professional cyclist, coach and manager. He began cycling at the age of 15, having gotten into the sport through his grandfather who still riders in his late 70s. Ryan was highly-successful on the domestic scene – for example, winning the Tour of the North three times – and he quickly progressed to international level. In a very diverse career he represented both Great Britain and Ireland at World Championship level, along with Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. He also won both British and Irish U-23 Time-Trial Championships. Ryan raced with professional teams such as the Sean Kelly Cycling Academy and Giant Asia before his career was unfortunately cut short by illness. However, this just diverted his cycling interests into coaching and management. He went on to manage national and professional cycling teams to UCI and international level. Such roles included Manager of the Northern Ireland Team at the Commonwealth Games, Cycling Ulster Manager, and Irish Team Manager at Nations Cup level. Along the way, Ryan worked with some of the world’s leading coaches and also earned qualifications in Sport and Exercise Science, along with numerous coaching certifications. All of this background experience is brought to bear by Ryan in his coaching role and he now divides his time between his native Northern Ireland and Chicago, coaching athletes on both sides of the Atlantic from beginner to professional levels. He continues to manage and coach to professional level, and highly enjoys working with all athletes. He has a direct style and approach and focuses on helping his clients to enjoy the hard work they put in under his guidance.

Sean McKenna


Sean comes from a cycling family and began racing at u16. He has always balanced his training and racing with studying as well as working. He has recently graduated from UCD as a food scientist. He is a big believer in using the most update and scientific training methods to make the most effective use of time. He prefers cycling to be built around your life, not your life to be built around cycling. Sean progressed quickly through the ranks in his college years, claiming he finally figured out the perfect balance for cycling in conjunction with his other commitments. During his college years he was Ireland’s top ranked rider in 2014 and 2015. During the 2015 season he notched up 11 domestic wins. He has been apart of national teams at both domestic and international level. He has competed in events such as the European Championships, u23 Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem. During his final year in college, he stagiaired with An Post CRC which ultimately led to a full contract for 2017. He puts his success down to being fully committed to the hours he had available to train while studying, using every minute to train as smart and as hard as possible. He believes anyone that is willing to commit 100% to a well-structured training program can achieve their goals.

Sean Hahessy


Seán comes from the cycling stronghold of Carrick-on-Suir and has been clocking up impressive achievements on the road since the age of 13. He has National medals at Youth, Junior and U23 levels, and holds the Munster Time Trial record. His first appearance in the green of Ireland came as a first-year Junior in 2012 where he rode the Junior Tour and European Championships for Ireland, as well as Nations Cup races. According to Seán, hard work, dedication and effective training are the main factors in his progression, rather than an over-abundance of natural talent. Also, he considers the well-judged balancing of training with school and college to be very important. He also thinks that progressing is very dependent on your ability to learn as you go along, and this is part of his motivation for studying sports performance and coaching, and for gaining as much practical experience as possible. Currently, Seán is a third year student in Waterford Institute of Technology, studying Sports Coaching and Performance at both a practical and theoretical level. He is also a Cycling Ireland certified coach to Level 1. Seán is single-minded in his committed to performance in both coaching and cycling, combining full-time study with his training and coaching.Canadian National Criterium Championships medal to representing his native Canadian at the World Cyclocross Championships, along with many wins at Provincial and elite level. He worked as a self-employed Massage Therapist which allowed the flexibility to train successfully and to travel widely to competitions. This, and his work with many elite athletes, gave him an appreciation of the importance of balance between training and life’s many responsibilities. Peter is also a UCI Manager and has ridden for, and managed, three winning teams, currently OCTTO-Cervelo. Additionally, he has organized and led Learn-to-Race programs and clinics for both road and cyclocross. He is also an experienced bike mechanic and talented wheel builder – he even builds all his teammate’s wheels! Peter, therefore, embraces all aspects of cycling and his affiliations across the sport – including regular racing trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Taiwan and throughout North America – has brought him an immense amount of experience. Peter’s passion for cycling is contagious. While he doesn’t consider himself to have exceptional natural ability, his capacity to pursue challenging goals and follow a consistent, structured training programme has led to many successes. Hard work, dedication, and an informed training programme has made the difference, leading to results beyond Peter’s initial dreams. This background, coupled with his enthusiasm, drive and an easy-going and accepting nature, has assisted many riders of all ages to find the confidence and self-assuredness to achieve their full potential. Peter is happy that his role with A1 Coaching allows him to extend this to an even wider range of athletes. Peter continues to pursue his uninterrupted domestic competitive cycling career in both road and cyclocross racing and he continues to race internationally in both the Netherlands and the United States on a regular basis. He occasionally participates in single-speed MTB races for a different type of challenge.

Shannon McCurley


Shannon McCurley is an international Irish track cyclist. She made history in Rio de Janeiro becoming the first Irish female track cyclist to compete at an Olympic games, and this hasn’t been the only success of her career. As a junior cyclist, one of her highlights was when aged just 15, she won the Burnie criterium in Tasmania beating the Elite Australian criterium champion as well as many other internationals. She is also extremely proud of the bronze medal she won in the scratch race at the u23 European Championships. But her hard work and progression in the Keirin discipline over the last three years to qualify for last year’s Olympics in Rio is what stands out above the rest. Now, she has her eyes set on three years’ time, and Olympic glory in Tokyo. Shannon aims to use her international experience, combined with her knowledge of coaching to help athletes of all abilities to achieve their goals.

Stephen Clancy


Stephen is a professional Irish cyclist originally from county Limerick. He began racing at the age of 16 and quickly progressed through the ranks and won Cycling Ireland's best domestic rider award in 2011. While studying in the Physical Education and Maths in the University of Limerick, 2012 proved to be an interesting year for Stephen as he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was told he could only ride his bike for a mile. Stephen didn’t let this obstacle stop him from pursuing a career in the sport and soon made a return to racing. After overcoming this new challenge, Stephen was rewarded by signing for Team Novo Nordisk in in 2013, an all diabetes pro cycling team and went on to represent Ireland at the U23 European Championships in the same year. For the last 5 seasons Stephen has been racing full time at the pro-continental level around the world and will continue into 2018 for his 6th season as a professional rider. Based in Girona, Spain, along with many fellow pros and racing worldwide at the top level over the years, Stephen has gained a lot of experience and a wealth of knowledge about what it takes to reach one's potential. As a coach, Stephen is aware of the demands of training and focuses on striking the balance between it and everyday life. Having experienced many ups and downs himself over the years, Stephen aims to use this to connect with riders of all abilities and be able to relate to each individual's specific requirements. What works for one person may not work for another so Stephen likes to adopt an approach to training where the athlete is involved in the planning process through feedback. Using this philosophy Stephen believes he can help riders of all levels improve and finds satisfaction in working together towards their set targets and goals.

John Phelan


John graduated with a MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009 from Leeds Beckett University. He has combined this with a BSc in Nutritional Science, courses on Physio-led bike fitting and his love for cycling, to create a service called The BikeFit Physio. John is currently seeing clients at his Cork base, with plans in action to visit Dublin regularly to see clients as required. He is providing a fully comprehensive bike fitting service, including assessment and physio treatment for any bike related injuries. The service also includes a cycling specific screening check and subsequent strength and conditioning exercises when appropriate. John has put together a series of videos addressing common cycling injuries, and has written a blog for A1 Coaching about his journey from detrained to peak fitness over thirty weeks. He got involved in competitive racing this year with the A4s and also the Enduro mountain biking scene. To keep a healthy balance between cycling and work, John practices yoga and meditation to unwind. He welcomes any questions or queries through the A1 Members facebook page or through his website http://www.thebikefitphysio.com/

Barry Murray

Sports Nutritionist

Barry Murray is a Performance Nutritionist with a BSc in Chemistry from University College Dublin and an MSc in Sports & Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University. Barry specializes in endurance sports and has been consultant to professional cyclists for several years. He was worked with the BMC Pro Cycling Team and Orica-BikeExchange team as well as working as private consultant to many individual professional riders, triathletes and runners. Barry has been columnist for the Irish Independent newspaper, has featured on several national radio broadcasts and has presented seminars to various sports teams and corporate businesses. Barry’s uses a modern approach to nutrition for optimizing both health and performance. He has developed his own system over several years of his own research and practice that improves endurance, power/weight, recovery while also improving the individual's overall health. This works for any level of athlete from beginner to professional. In fact, he finds those who are just looking to get fitter and improve their health make the most gains. Barry is also a competitive endurance athlete himself and races in ultramarathon events. He races competitively in ultra mountain marathon events and represented his country at the 2011 World Ultra Trail Championships. He has won several ultra trail marathons as well as many top placings in some of the toughest ultra marathons in Europe. Education BSc Chemistry, University College Dublin. MSc Sports & Exercise Nutrition, Loughborough University. 6 Sigma Black Belt, Applied Six Sigma Technology Ltd. Achievements/Results 1st Kerry Way Ultra 200km, 2015 1st Wicklow Way Ultra 127km, 2015 1st The Abbots Way UltraMarathon, 127km, 2013. 1st Giant’s Causeway UltraMarathon, 70km, 2012. 2nd The Lakeland100 UltraMarathon , 170km, 2012. 33rd CCC Ultra, Chamonix, 100Km, 2012. 1st MCN UltraMarathon, 50Km, 2011.

Liam Dolan


Liam’s father was an international road and track rider in the mid to late 60s, and Liam grew up in a house steeped in cycling tradition. Yearly visits to watch the Rás meant that, by the age of nine, Liam was racing his bike. He also played a lot of rugby and that became his main sporting passion throughout his teens, when he was involved with the Leinster Youths squad. After completing his degree and Masters in Food Science, Liam found himself with more free time and began running recreationally. A challenge in 2004 to complete a local sprint distance triathlon was issued and having dually passed his brother 200m from the line, Liam became immersed in the sport. His first season proper was spent in the US, where he had moved to for work, and saw him collect a number of podium finishes in the North West, as well as a state championship in his adapted Idaho. Upon returning home in 2006 he claimed the National Long Distance Championship. 2007 saw Liam claim the first age grouper and 10th overall at the Ironman UK 70.3 and a plethora of podiums at domestic races. His results earned Liam an invitation to be part of the Triathlon Ireland High Performance Squad, where he worked with Olympic coaches Chris Jones and Gordon Grawford. His natural ability for long distance racing was identified and Liam made his Ironman debut in Austria 2009, setting a new Irish Ironman record of 9hr 2mins, finishing 2nd in his age group and qualifying for the World Championship Hawaii Ironman, an event he would compete in three times. Liam continued to race internationally winning his age group at Ironman Wisconsin, Abu Dhabi Long Course Triathlon and twice claiming medals at the British Middle Distance Championship. In 2013 he travelled to Ironman Copenhagen and finished 13th overall in a time of 8hrs 45mins to reclaim the Irish record. Following his triathlon achievements, Liam decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and concentrate more on bike racing. The transition wias swift and he quickly achieved Cat. A1 status and competed in the Rás as a member of the Leinster Team. Throughout his career Liam has worked with a number of high level coaches, such as Simon Ward and Catrionia Morrison, as well as studying extensively the teachings of respected cycling and triathlon coaches such as Joe Friel and Gordo Byrne. He has a massive enthusiasm for sport and often picks up performance and training tips from other sports.

Joe Byrne


Joe came to the sport of triathlon in his late 20's after competing at a national level in kayaking from his teens. He came to the sport like many age groupers with little experience in running, swimming or biking. Over the last 7 years he has developed from completing his first super sprint triathlon to regularly placing top 10 in NS races across the country. Starting from a basic level Joe has improved every season and has learned from different athletes and coaches he has trained with. Last season Joe was 6th in the age group National sprint champs, 20th overall in the National Olympic distance champs and won the short course Howth aquathon series, the highlights of a season of consistent podiums across different distances and formats. Joe hopes to help other athletes reach their potential through smart, efficient, measurable training.

Kenny Curran


Kenny’s passion for sport began with athletics and he clocked up both provincial and national titles at Road and Cross Country. He also represented Ireland at Masters level. He progressed to competing in triathlons and duathlons and achieved podium age-group finishes in both disciplines. He represented Ireland in European and World Duathlon Championships. He also competed in the ITU World AG Triathlon Championship and in Ironman Austria and Ironman Copenhagen. Kenny was always interested in the most effective training methods and the reasons why these approaches work. Arising from this interest and study, his entry into the coaching world started initially with informally helping a number of local athletes, but he soon discovered that he had both a passion and skill for coaching. He got tremendous satisfaction from initially experiencing his athletes progress to county, provincial and national titles in athletics. Then he progressed to coaching age-group athletes to international level at both triathlon and duathlon, including athletes who have competed for Ireland at ITU World Triathlon level. Kenny is currently certified as a Level 2 Triathlon coach, a Level 1 Cycling Ireland coach, a Level 1 Swim Ireland Swimming Instructor, and a Pool Lifeguard. He is also a Triathlon Ireland Technical Official. He has been coaching with the Triathlon Ireland Junior Academy for the past three years where he worked with some of the leading Junior Triathletes in Ireland. Kenny strives for achievable targets for all the athletes he coaches, appreciating the ambitions and circumstances of everybody.

Aichlinn O'Reilly


Originally from Wesport, Co. Moyo, Aichlinn O Reilly is a final year sports and exercise science student currently living in Limerick. Despite his young age, Aichlinn has 7 years of triathlon experience under his belt, including national representation. As well as an impressive third place finish in both the Olympic and Middle distance racing in the National Championships, Aichlinn also placed third overall in the Cat 1 draft legal super series. Aichlinn’s goal is to compete in Challenge and Ironman races on the pro middle distance circuit this coming season. Based on extensive scientific evidence as well as experience and knowledge in the sport, Aichlinn is keen to work with aspiring and current triathletes across a range of distances and abilities

Paddy Peters


Paddy Peters is an Irish Triathlete currently studying Sports Science & Health DCU. Just 21 years old, Paddy found the sport of triathlon at the age of 18 and hasn’t looked back since, improving exponentially over the previous 3 years racing domestically. Triathlon is a sport that takes hours of training and Paddy’s first 2 years were spent learning the basics, improving technique both running and in the pool, whilst also building that all important foundation required that is essential in triathlon. Paddy races on the Triathlon Ireland Super Series circuit along with the National Series circuit, gradually improving with every race. Some of his biggest results include winning the Intervarsity’s Duathlon Championships in 2017, winning the prestigious Phoenix Park Duathlon Series in 2017, and consistently coming in the top 3 in National Series events. His biggest goal for the future is to be become a professional in the sport he holds close to heart. Paddy has trained under many great coaches in a short space of time, including Elena Maslova (Former Triathlon Ireland Junior Coach), Dave Malone (Swim Ireland), Rob Cummins and Aisling Coppinger (Wheelworx Triathlon), learning precious pieces of advice and training tips. He now trains under the guidance of Stephen Delaney (Triathlon Ireland head coach) and Enda Fitzpatrick (DCU Athletics). Although young, Paddy hopes to learn from the rest of the A1 Coaching team, while also being extremely motivated to put into practice everything he has learned in his short time in the sport. Paddy hopes to develop athletes over the long-term in order

Tomás O'Dowd


Tomás’ youthful enthusiasm for sport and adventure grew into an adult passion that has led to an immense breadth and depth of racing and coaching experience, including Adventure Racing, Triathlon, open-sea swimming, and more. He did his first triathlon in 2001 and went on to compete in numerous others, including the World Ironman Championships, Ironman Lanzarote, Challenge Roth, Ironman Galway, and he has been on the podium on various domestic events. Adventure Racing is another of his passions he has been equally successful in this field with podium places in events such as the Gaelforce and the Sea2Summit Adventure Races. Other aspects of his diverse experience include several challenging sea swims, such as swims from Clare Island and the Inishkea Islands to the mainland, and the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. He has also kayaked extensively on rivers and coastline in Ireland, New Zeland and various countries across Europe. Tomás is a qualified Level 1 Triathlon Ireland Coach and a Level 3 Kayaking Instructor. He has worked with several athletes to prepare tailored individual training plans for triathlon and adventure racing. He has also worked in the triathlon and adventure sports industry. Through this work with industry-leading brands in the trail running, triathlon and adventure sectors, he developed in-depth commercial knowledge of the field. Therefore, along with his huge range of experience and achievement, Tomás has extensive knowledge of the training, equipment and nutritional requirements for competing successfully in Adventure and Triathlon endurance events.