The Team

The full crew

Back row (left to right)              Front Row (left to right)

Don – Sponsor and driver        Niall – Driver & Motivational Speaker

Ann – Catering                               David – RV Driver & Key Holder

Ger – Catering                                Kevin – RV Driver & Sponsor

PJ – Crew Chief & Navigator     Grace – Micks Daughter & Supporter

Frank & Mick – Cyclists                Conor – Franks son & Supporter

John – Navigator & sweet supplier      Luke – Frank son & Supporter

Mike – Driver & Fashion adviser       Reily – Mascot & Security

Jarlath Duffy– HQ co-coordinator and paperwork/rule guru

Keith Coleman – Taxi man

Iomar Burke – Relief Driver and brother of Frank

 

Mick

My name is Mick Foley, I have been a member of Slaney Cycling Club and Racing 795 for almost 7 years. I cycled a  lot when I was younger, mostly because it was the only means of transport I had, I then gave it up for around 15 years before returning to the sport after a work colleague invited me to join him on the Ring of Kerry sportive, after 3 months training we completed it and I was hooked again, I took part in several sportives all over Ireland and abroad before trying my hand a racing. I had limited success but always enjoyed the banter with both opposition and team mates alike.

I have been a fan of the Race around Ireland for years and after a few false starts 2018 was the year I eventually entered and the adventure began

Frank

Hello, my name is Frank Burke and I have been a member of Racing795 (a triathlon\mtb adventure club located in North Wexford, centred in Bunclody) for 9 years. I used to cycle as a young fella purely to get from A to B in rural Galway. I reignited my interest in cycling by taking part in a local charity event called the Rubberman in 2008 and eventually joined the local triathlon club.

                     

I learned how to swim and initially competed in sprint triathlons and then moved up through the distances to half ironman and eventually completed two ironman triathlons.

      

Of the three sports, cycling has always been my preference and I describe cycling as “free therapy”.  After a break from heavy training for two years, I needed a new challenge and that has come in the form of RAI, as Mick Foley eventually convinced me that we could compete as a two man team….I hope he’s right, but time will tell and so the team “Can’t do hills” was formed!