Meet the Team
Head Coach: Gráinne Hanley
Mental Fitness Coach: Alan Heary
Grainne Hanley is our Head Coach. At the age of 23 she is one of Ireland highest qualified cycling coaches. She has spent most of the past number of years studying and coaching in the UK. Her coaching experience ranges from two year olds on striders, beginners and elite, track and road cyclists. She is a freelance multidiscipline coach in Lee Valley Olympic Velopark, London, and has also coached at Derby Arena in the UK and Sundrive outdoor velodrome in Dublin.
Grainne has a number of British cycling awards which qualify her to coach multiple levels and disciplines of cycling. These include BC level 1 and level 2, with specifics in Road, TT, Track and Madison. She has also covered courses in how to ride rollers and working with riders with disabilities. She is qualified to accredit track including the madison event. This level of qualification is not available in Ireland. Grainne continues her professional development to ensure she is bringing the latest knowledge to her clients.
She has just completed her final year of a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports and Exercise Performance in Writtle University College in Chelmsford, Essex. She has focused her first two years on cycling performance and coaching for which she was awarded a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Cycling Performance.
Having been recently been nominated for the Student Success Spotlight Award for Extracurricular Excellence for her coaching achievements alongside her studies. Grainne set up the University Cycling Club which she also captained and coached the Equestrian Academy Team in their endurance training using cycling and strength and conditioning sessions to improve this.
Grainne is proficient in working at cycling events nationally and internationally with individuals, teams and officials including the Junior Tour of Ireland 2017 and 2018 and with the Irish Junior Girls of the Irish Cycle Sport International in Belgium in 2017 and 2019.
Grainne was the assistant race director for the OnForm Team and Writtle University College Open Road Race in 2018 and 2019, with her role involving the responsibility for the safety, running and organisation of the British Cycling race.
Gráinne also worked as a data communications official at the London Six day this year.
She is the current Welfare Officer for the UCI women’s continental cycling team CAMS-Tifosi.
Last year (2019) Grainne spent her summer in Belgium racing, training and networking with the cycling community there. She has also competed at national and internationally level on both road and track. Grainne was second in the National Junior Duathlon championships in 2016. Among multiple podiums at junior and senior Track Nationals.
Grainne is both Ireland (Garda) and the UK (DBS) vetted and has completed child protection, sports specific first aid and completed multiple training courses to enable her to work with athletes with disabilities.
Alan Heary, is our Mental Fitness Coach. He is the Owner of Ultimate Ventures Limited, and is an enthusiastic speaker and exponent of achieving consistent excellence in sport using great strategic planning while building a powerful mindset.
He works with athletes in all areas of life, from students to employees, helping them to set goals, create action plans and develop the skills of getting stuff done with confidence and motivation while enjoying a successful work/life/sport balance.
He trains sports people to perform consistently at competitions with extraordinary levels of self-belief, focus and determination while controlling anxiety levels, distractions and doubts. While having also created an online course called “Going In The Zone For Sport” to help sports people easily learn the mental fitness skills he teaches to his top athletes.
He also regularly delivers not only motivational talks but educational ones to clubs, companies and organisations. These talks and seminars are packed with case studies and stories from his experience working with hugely successful people in sport, business and entertainment, presented in a fun and interactive way.
His insights from years of training Olympic athletes, standing in the ring alongside world champion boxers and competing in some of the worlds toughest endurance events, has shown him what it takes to be mentally tough, and he is a huge believer in integrating the mental toughness skills to top sports performers and their life.
He provides step-by-step guides and exercises designed to help you transform the way you work, compete and live to give you better control and more success.
One more thing, he also owns and operates one of the toughest cycling events in the world – Race Around Ireland. Riders spend up top 22 hours per day on their bikes to finish the grueling 2200 km route inside 5 days.