Grainne Hanley is our Head Coach. At the age of 23 she is one of Ireland highest qualified cycling coaches and 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 awards include BC level 1 and level 2, with specifics in road, time trial, track specifics. She has also obtained coaching qualifications for Madison, 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. In October she is due to attend the World Cycling Centre to obtain her UCI Level 3 coaching diploma.
She has just completed her final year of a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports and Exercise Performance in Writtle University College in Chelmsford, Essex, Grainne focused her first two years on cycling performance and coaching for which she was awarded a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Cycling Performance. Modules included Professional Skills for Sports Industry, Coaching in Practice, Psychology, Human Anatomy, Working in Cycling Analysis of Human movement and Performance, Physiology and Nutrition for Exercise, Research Skills in Sports and Exercise Science, Leadership and Coaching via the Outdoors, Principals of Strenght and Conditioning, Developing a Career in Cycling, Applied Coaching Science, Applied Exercise Physiology, Applied Sports and Exercise Psychology, Exercise Prescription and Sports Injury.
Having been recently nominated for the Student Success Spotlight Award for Extracurricular Excellence for her coaching achievements alongside her studies, Grainne has set up the University Cycling Club which she also captained and coached the Equestrian Academy Team in their endurance training using cycling and their strength and conditioning.
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.
Has been the assistant race director for the OnForm Team and Writtle University College Open Road Race in 2018 & 2019, with her role involving the responsibility for the safety, running and organisation of the British Cycling race.
Gráinne was also involved 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.