- Zwift Rank 117.13
- 15 sec power 781 w
- 1 min power 522 w
- 5 min power 371 w
- 20 min power 326 w
- Hometown Passage West, Cork, Ireland
- Profession Secondary (High School) Phys Ed and
- English teacher
I’m from a small village called Passage West, in Co. Cork Ireland but I live and work in Co. Wexford. I’m a Physical Education teacher and Special Educational Needs Teacher so I’m lucky I get to combine my passion for sport with my job. My wife is also a PE teacher and together we have a little 3 year old boy with another baby on the way in May. I’ve been racing bikes since I was 17 but the pandemic sparked my Zwift journey and I love every bit of it. This team has been a huge part of it and it’s amazing the relationships that we have created despite the fact that most of us have never met IRL. IRL I race with my club St. Finbarrs Cycling Club based in Cork and it is where my love of bikes and bike racing began. Outside of bikes I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, and of course enjoying a beer or red wine when I can.
How you discovered Zwift
I bought a smart trainer in 2018 and signed up to Zwift then. I used it only for training/workouts. Rode my first Zwift race in March 2020 and even though I got a kicking I was hooked. Having a competitive outlet when all racing was cancelled was really good (mentally as much as physically). When the 3rd lockdown in Jan 2021 hit I ended up racing against most of you guys on Thursdays so I was really delighted when Greg asked me to join and I’ve had a great time since!
Real life athletics background
Played loads of sports growing up (GAA, tennis, golf, soccer to name a few) but discovered road cycling at 18. I wasn’t particularly successful early on but managed to make the Irish u23 development team for one stage race in 2009. Plodded along with a few results here and there until I discovered Cyclocross in 2015 and never really looked back. I now only race occasionally on the road. Best result to date was 5th in the Elite National Championships in 2020. Covid got in the way of racing a few Belgian races last season so hopefully will get a chance to go there at some point in the future.
I can parallel park like a boss. No space is too small.
20211st place in Dungarvan Cross
20211st place in Sliabh Luachra Cross
20213rd overall and Points Jersey winner in TUZ Tour of the North 2021 (Zwift
20211st place in Cycling Ireland Zwift League 2021
20205th (1st rider across the line with a real job...) in Irish National Cyclocross Championships
20191st place in Crossbarrs
20181st place in Deronde Cross
2009Represented Ireland in U23 team in the Suir Valley 3 day
2021as Cycling Ireland e-racing league Rd 5. Richard takes the Win