Cycling in Gran Canaria: North vs South

Gran Canaria is a mecca for winter cycling, on the road and off-road MTB. For years I’ve spent a week around Christmas riding through the valleys and climbs on the southern coast, based out of Free Motion in Playa del Ingles. This year I explored the north of the island, based out of Las Palmas. … Continue reading Cycling in Gran Canaria: North vs South

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Gran Canaria Cycling: Pico de las Nieves from Las Palmas

Route: 91km, +/-2855m, 5hrs, 20th Dec 2017 HC climb – for years I watched the Tour de France and didn’t really know what it meant. Hors Categorie – without categorisation. Climbs could be graded 1-4 depending on gradient and length. HC was invented for climbs off that scale – tougher than a Cat1. (In Ireland … Continue reading Gran Canaria Cycling: Pico de las Nieves from Las Palmas

Cycling around the Netherlands

September 2017 Overall thoughts After 5 days of cycling around the Netherlands, there are a few great things I noticed and appreciated, which makes cycling safe, enjoyable and easy. Touring on a bike is such a great way to see the countryside. You discover so much more than going by car or train. It’s a … Continue reading Cycling around the Netherlands

Charity Cycle for Laura Lynn

On Tuesday 5th September, I'm taking on a 3 day charity cycle with 40 work colleagues at Microsoft in support of Laura Lynn Children's Hospice. Training began in June with many first time cyclists but it's great to see everyone out and ready. We have a big fundraising target of €50,000. Please donate online here … Continue reading Charity Cycle for Laura Lynn

Waterford Greenway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXayKRZjhDs It’s great to see such positivity and comments about the Waterford Greenway. It’s not even finished or officially open yet, but 2016 was a breakthrough year. I hope 2017 bring lots of new people to the area to walk, cycle and explore the beautiful countryside. The Greenway is a 46 kilometre paved trail on … Continue reading Waterford Greenway

Quest Glendalough 2016: Race Report

Last time out, down in Killarney, I walked across the finish line. Different circumstance in Glendalough, but same slow saunter under the Quests gantry. Shoulder to shoulder, chatting away to the man who’d been my target for the entire race. I finished just 3 seconds off 3rd place, behind adventure race “veteran” Peter O’Farrell. That … Continue reading Quest Glendalough 2016: Race Report

Duathlon Doodling from Mondello

Ten things I learned from doing the 2016 National Duathlon Championships around Mondello Racetrack last weekend. 1. Draft legal bike racing is hard You need to be so much more aware of who’s coming behind you and who’s wheel you can stay with 2. Bike power is key Your ability to surge for 5-15 sec … Continue reading Duathlon Doodling from Mondello

Quest Glendalough Bike Recce

While many of you were kicking off your adventure race season in Killarney on 13th March, I decided to look forward to Quest Glendalough on 23rd April. I did a recce of the bike route (Strava route), to learn a bit more about the climbs, descents, road surface and corners. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSbRq_ndqTI   Shay Elliott Climb … Continue reading Quest Glendalough Bike Recce