Sean Kelly, a legend of Irish cycling, held an opening evening at Chain Reaction Cycles Belfast. We caught up with him to chat the best developments in cycling, top tips for winter training, minimum passing distance for cyclists and why the future is bright for Sam Bennett.
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Arguably one of Ireland’s greatest cyclists, Sean Kelly’s roots with Vitus date back to the dizzy heights of his own racing career.
When Chain Reaction Cycles took over the brand, he came back on board to develop the bike during the early years, while also running Vitus bikes in his own An Post Chain Reaction Cycles race team. Now he’s their long-serving brand ambassador and rides their ZX-1 on the regular.
A man that’s seen it and done it all, he’s witnessed a radical evolution of the bicycle during his time. Lighter, faster, electronics and more carbon have pushed the boundaries, but for him the number one development is the jump of gear shifters from the down tube to the brake levers.
While winter miles make summer smiles, but the key for Sean is to not over do things. Build up the basics and then work on building intensity before racing.
A top tip is to decide where you want to peak in the season. Mid-year means you can use the early events to build those crucial race miles into the legs. Take the off season too serious, too early and it comes at your peril.
Staying Alive At 1.5M
We also jump into the new minimum passing distance of 1.5m for motorists and cyclists. It’s a rule he hopes that’s not just much needed but one that will bring about a better education and awareness of cyclists on the road.
When you see the explosion in the number of cyclists in Ireland now, it’s something that motorists might not be used to dealing with, so it means we all need to learn to share the road.
And finally, as 2020 approaches and we leave this decade behind, the goal for Sean is to keep those wheels turning. If you don’t stop pedalling, you don’t grow old!
Many thanks to Sean for taking a little extra time at the end of the evening for this interview.
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