About me

For as long as I can remember my life has seemed to revolve around wheels, and two wheels in particular. My first bike was a Huffy BMX which led to a number of years as a BMX Bandit.

Then the Nissan Classic passed near my school and Sean Kelly inspired me to get a ‘Racer’. That was a Dawes Jaguar and led on to a different way of life. The freedom, camaraderie and pure exhilaration of cycling has been a way of life for me.

As someone with little natural talent I have managed to set a few goals and realise a few ambitions that would not have been possible in any other field.

These are a few of my personal highlights;

1988 – Irish Team rider at the ESCA finals in Milton Keynes.

1990 – Stage winner at the Blarney 3 Day

1999 – 2014  – Joint owner of Worldwidecycles with my best friend from school Ray Clarke

2003 – Irish Team mechanic at races such as The Circuit des Mines.

2004 – Irish Team mechanic at The Tour of Britain

2005 – 1st Second Cat rider in the FBD Ras

2007 – Wrote my first blog post

2013 – Malin to Mizen in 2 days

2014 – Set up SeanKellyCycling with my boyhood hero Sean Kelly

2015 – Climbed Tickincor and Powers the Pot 23 times in one day, to go higher than the height of Mount Everest and raised €10k for charity

2016 – Mizen to Malin 595k in 21 hours raising almost €2500 for charity

 

In that time I have also carried out thousands of Bike Fits and tens of thousands of bike repairs of all kinds. I have also cycled over 100,000 km.

Off the bike I have travelled pretty extensively throughout the World covering most of Europe, 44 of the 50 states of America, most of Australia and many parts in between.

My luckiest moment was meeting my wife Ciara in Australia and best moments were the births of both of our daughters Laura and Kate.

 

My goal with this blog has always been to entertain and inform cyclists of all abilities as much as I can. I am not a fountain of knowledge but any that I do have I am very happy to pass along. If there is anything that you would like to ask me or even if you just want to get in touch to say hello just fill out the form below and I will get back to you asap.

My other contact details are :

email : barry@thecyclingblog.com

phone : 353 86 8158727

 

Barry

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “About me

  • August 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    Hi Barry. Just discovered your blog and enjoy reading it very much. Hope you don’t mind a quick query from me. In May a few of us cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head along the Wild Atlantic Way – west coast pf Ireland. Thought it might be of some interest to your readers. I am hoping to run a supported holiday in May 2016 following much the same route. I have started a part-time company to move that trip (and others in time) forward. I would love the initiative to get some exposure and a few thoughts on our trip might appeal to your readership. Be interested to hear your thoughts Barry!

    Paul Kennedy

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  • August 7, 2015 at 10:16 am
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    Dear Barry
    Could you please spread the word for us. Jack & Jill are hosting a professionally organised cycle around Kilkenny on the 12th August with 3 different routes to accommodate all levels, 58km, 100km and 133km. If you register for the cycle before the 28th August you will be in with a chance to win a hotel stay in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny with dinner. Details on http://jackandjill.ie/cycle/
    This is one of Jack & Jill’s main fundraisers which allows us to continue to provide home nursing care and end of life care for the 300 babies currently under our wing nationwide. We thank you for your support

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  • August 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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    Hi Barry,

    Great blog and site. Just want to make sure you’re in the loop about the OLDVELOS Vintage International Classic on 13th September in Killarney?

    Best wishes, Brendan Hennessy

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  • June 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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    Hi Barry,

    I’ve recently started a cycling blog with a view to having basic information on cycling in Dublin, route suggestions, health and safety and the bike to work scheme for newcomers to the city.

    downhilltours.com

    I’m also trying to provide more detailed information to both natives and visitors looking to book tours or organise their own throughout the country from a logistics standpoint.

    I’d love to feature some of your content or have you feature mine as well as exchanging a link or two to help build our authority with Google. I’m a big fan of your brand so would be happy to promote on our blog

    Would you be interested?

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  • July 31, 2016 at 11:28 am
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    Lot of British people is coming to the island of Mallorca (as a professional riders) to cycling.
    In our website, http://www.cyclingmajorca.bike you can find whatever you need about cycling in Mallorca (accommodation, bike rental, insurances, services…).
    Contact us if you are thinking on a trip to Mallorca and you need anything!

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  • September 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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    Hey Barry!

    Great content on thecyclingblog.com Good stuff!

    I’d like to introduce my product Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil – yes… its called Crotch Guard! Designed for cyclists & athletes to reduce friction and eliminate chafing irritations. visit crotchguard.com for additional details & check out crotchguard-uk.com for recent reviews.

    Would you have any interest in reviewing Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil for the audience at cyclingblog.com?

    I’ll send FREE samples!!

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  • January 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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    Hey Barry –

    went on your very well Organized Calpe training spin in conjunction with the An Post Sean Kelly team last week..

    absolutely brilliant and had a great time –

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  • May 28, 2017 at 11:50 am
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  • November 10, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    I’ve just spent the past hour reading through your Blog. I was looking for inspiration for my own cycling blog and found plenty, so my heart felt thanks for everything you’ve shared here.

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