Massive congratulations and a big THANK YOU to the Team #404 Indreni/ThinkBike.ie(Mark Mc Leavey, Ian Kingston, Mark Riseley, Colm O’Connor) who finished the Race Around Ireland in a time of 82 hours and 21 minutes at an average speed of 26.67km/h. They have raised €1,464.00 for Indreni.org!!!
The ‘Race Around Ireland’ begins on Sunday August 30th. This ultra adventure covering 2100km around the highways and byways of Ireland, is being undertaken by four hearty cyclists with the aim of raising funds for Indreni. Any and all support is most welcome.DONATE
WHAT IS THE RACE AROUND IRELAND (RAI)?
The Race Around Ireland is an ultra distance cycling event, offering amateur leisure or elite professional cyclists the adventure of a lifetime.
It is a non-stop cycle, which starts in Trim, Co. Meath and takes the riders on a route around the island of Ireland, past some of Irelands most historic sights.
What is different about this event is that it really is non-stop. Solo riders will spend up to 22 hours on their bikes, while the teams rotate as part of a relay, for 24 hours a day. They only have 5 days to finish.
It is listed as one of the World’s Toughest Endurance Events, and the heroes of this event are the amateur riders who get an opportunity to compete in this Irish Event with elite riders from all over the world, while endeavouring to finish this mammoth adventure in the allotted time.
WHEN DOES THE RACE START?
On Sunday 30th of August 2015, at 3pm, cyclists from all over the world will line up in the shadow of the imposing Trim Castle in County Meath, for the start of the 7th Race Around Ireland and the Irish Ultra Challenge.
MEET THE THINKBIKE.IE TEAM:
Mark Mc Leavey
Colm started cycling in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since ; he rode the Wicklow 200 in 2012 and in 2013 aswell as numerous charity and sportive events he also took on some of the biggest climbs in the Italian Alps including the Stelvio Pass and the Mortirolo. In 2014 he dipped his toe into cyclocross racing and will be back for more this season; RAI will be his first road race. Colm will be one of our Mountain goats and by the nature of his build should find himself at home on the higher mountain roads
(He has the weight of Nairo Quintana, the height of Mark Cavendish and legs the size of André Greipel’s arms).
Next up we have Mark McLeavey undoubtedly the most experience rider on our team. Mark started cycling back in 1987 while attending secondary school and subsequently joined the well know south Dublin cycling Club Sorrento CC.He rode the Junior Tour of Ireland in 1991,was picked on Leinster teams and went on to ride and successfully compete in all 7 Ras’s in which he entered over the years. Mark is the teams all round rider and we will no doubt benefit from his geographical knowledge of the route as he would have covered alot of these roads previously in various races over the years. You will see Mark pounding the tougher terrain en route back to Navan and another one of our team to watch out for as the road kicks up.
Mark previously completed in triathlon between 2004 and 2009, with a focus on IM. He completed 8 ‘big-boy’ races and retired following IM Hawaii in 2009. He immediately focussed on putting on 18kgs in 2 months, had 2 back surgeries and hasn’t looked back since! The TT bike is getting a dusting off after 6 years with great expectations and plenty of positive vibes.
Based on Mark’s Triathlon experience he will be our fast boy on the flatter highways and byways of our lap around The Emerald Isle
Last but not least we have the boy from the County Cork Mr Ian ” Iano ” Kingston. Ian coming off the back of strong rugby career is the teams powerhouse. Like fellow team member Colm, Ian has only been cycling since 2011 but has, through the rugger gained legs of immense piston like power. Ian is more at home on his Mountain Bike burning up trails , getting air from drop offs and sinking into bombholes but put him on a roadbike point him in the right direction and tell him not to stop until he hits Navan, sure what do we need to worry about ? ? ?
Lets see ”Iano ” in BIG letters all over the roads to push this guy on even more, especially as we pass through his home County of Cork.
– Adrian Mc Leavey
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