|Alan Heary: Trainer and Mental Fitness Coach
Alan has been working in the fitness industry since 1989. Alan is a graduate of Dublin City University, with a degree in Sport Science and Health. He is also a qualified hypnotherapist, an NLP Practitioner and a Stress Management Consultant. He works regularly with professional cyclists and elite triathletes. He has also worked with the Australian Institute of Sport helping their athletes prepare for International competition. Alan is the Race Director of the Race Around Ireland
Niall races regularly as Cat3 and is a Cycling Ireland Bike For Life Coach. His expertise is in bike mechanics and maintenance and works in Cyclize Bike Shop in Navan.
|Morgan Fox: Cycling Coach
Morgan was a household name in championship cycling throughout most of Europe in the 1990s and early 2000s, and he retains a real love for the bike.In1997 he performed highly at the RAS championship and won a King of the Mountains award, and a few weeks later he won the Irish National Cycling Championship. Morgan went professional as a cyclist in early 1999. In 1999, Morgan won nine times in Belgian Elite Classic races, and he was the first Irish rider to win races of that calibre since Sean Kelly.
|Sean Kilroy BSc, MSc: Nutrition Expert
Sean graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition from the University of Wales. He combines his experience as an international boxer having won 6 National titles, 3 Four Nation titles and the Welsh title, with his knowledge and passion for nutrition to design customised nutritional plans for all athletes. Sean regularly lectures to sporting organisations and clubs where he guides their athletes through nutritional information designed specifically for their chosen sport. He is currently the resident nutritionist with the Irish Cycling Academy giving advice and guidance in weight management and performance nutrition for all its members.
|Padraig Marrey: Cycling Coach
Padraig has been involved with cycling as a competitor and coach for the past 20 years. He is Ireland’s highest qualified coach having completed the Union Cyclist International’s Level 3 course with distinction. This involved an intensive three-month course at the World Cycling Centre at Aigle, Switzerland in 2004, working with leading experts, including Australia’s world-renowned coach Charlie Walsh. Back home in Ireland, Padraig has put his knowledge to good use, and with his help Ireland’s elite class has grown to a record 25 registered pro’s since 2004. More details about Padraig can be found here
|Ciarán Power: Cycling Coach
Ciarán Power turned professional in 2000 with the Linda McCartney Racing Team and rode the 2000 Giro d’Italia, gaining 2 top ten stage finishes. Ciarán placed 3rd in the 1999 World ‘B’ road championship, and competed in two Olympic games achieving the highest placing by any Irish cyclist when he finished 13th in the 2004 Summer Olympics road race. He retired from professional racing at the end of the 2008 season and as well as coaching he also works as a massage therapist for some of Ireland’s top professional cyclists.
|Keith Fox: Injury Expert
Keith qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2000 from Liverpool University with a first class honours degree in physiotherapy. He gained a post graduate diploma in Sports Injury and Management in 2003 from Manchester Metropolitan University. Keith has worked with continental professional cycling teams in Belgium and France. www.actionphysio.ie
|Richard Rafoth MD.: Nutrition Expert
Dick is a gastroenterologist (specialist in diseases of the digestive tract) practicing in Everett, Washington. While training for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, an annual double century ride, he became interested in the role of nutrition in maximizing personal performance and noticed that many cyclists had unrealistic expectations of nutrition’s ability to improve their performance. To help all cyclists have a better understanding of their nutritional requirements Dr. Rafoth set about reviewing the medical literature and authored the first edition of Bicycling Fuel in 1988. It is now in its fourth English edition, retitled High Performance Bicycling Nutrition. www.cptips.com
David O’Connell: School Cycle Training Programme Coach
David comes into this industry with many years of experience within the cycling scene in Ireland. Having started out cycling as a means of keeping fit, he very quickly caught ‘the bug’ and became a member of a local cycling club based in North County Dublin. David currently competes in racing across the country riding with The Garda Cycling Club of which he is currently a member.
If you are a coach, trainer, nutrionist or you feel you could add some expertise to the Irish Cycling Academy we would like to talk to you.