One of Ireland’s up and coming stars of mountain biking, Ronan Dunne joins the MTB Tribe podcast for episode #99. Check it out.
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On episode #99 we are chatting to Irish Ripper and Irish Junior DH National Champion, Ronan Dunne. Surprisingly Ronan has only been riding mountain bikes for around four years but has already made a name for himself in both the downhill scene and enduro scene here in Ireland (he did try cross country but quickly found out that wasn’t for him!).
After chatting with Ronan it doesn’t surprise me XC is not his thing because Ronan only seems to want to go fast and fast he does well. In the opening round of the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series (IDMS) in Carrick, Ronan had the 2nd fastest time behind Greg Callaghan, so its not hard to see where his passions lie.
Ronan has also made his way to race in the UCI this season to gain experience in the international scene but things have not really went his way. Overall he has been a little disappointed in his performance but he is still only 16 years of age and understands that this is a massive opportunity to gain knowledge and experience on this larger stage.
This has been Ronan’s first time racing overseas and even though his race results were not what he was looking for, he has come away still loving the race scene and full of encouragement for future events. Ronan has a very mature perspective about his racing career (I keep forgetting he is only 16) and what the future may hold for him.
For now Ronan is happy to hit the gym, race his bike, go fast and enjoy himself as much as possible.
We chat about racing, podiums, sponsorship, downhill versus enduro and his 45 foot gap jump in his back garden!
- How Ronan fell into mountain biking from a trials bike background
- How he believes this helped him get fast on the mountain bike
- What his first race was like and how many times he crashed
- How racing got him hooked on mountain biking
- Why Ronan loves the local mountain bike community
- How his parents have played a large part in his racing
- How Ronan got sponsored by Teambiking.ie
- How he came to be a Vitus Bikes Factory Rider
- How his race season has been going in 2019
- How Ronan has got on at the UCI meetings
- Why Ronan prefers Downhill to Enduro and why he quit an XC race half way through
- Why and how Ronan build a 45 foot gap jump in his back yard
- How to get in contact and keep up to date
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On todays episode of the MTB TRIBE PODCAST we chat with DH Junior Irish Champ @ronandunne_dh about racing, podiums, parents, sponsorship and his 45 foot gap jump in his back yard 😯 * Tune in and check it out. Simply hit up the link in the bio or Listen On: www.mtb-tribe.com, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, & Podbean * Thanks for tuning in and Enjoy the show! * #mtb #mtblife #vitusbikes #vitus #mtb #mtblife #mtbni #mountainbikeni #mtbuk #ukmtb #irelandmtb #discoverni #ireland #podcast #interview #chat #talk #northernireland #jump #whip #downhill #downhillmtb #downhillforlife #downhilllife #bikingie #bikinginireland #mtbstoked #mtbtribe