Will we do RAAM?
Never been done by an Irish team before?
Oh right…but sure we broke the 2man Race Around Ireland record when we did that…
So will we do RAAM??
Feck it yeah,go on!
So here’s the worlds most boring blog i promised you all!
It all started when i got a phone call asking if i would crew and do physio for a 4man Irish team competing in RAAM 2012…..Thee RAAM??… Yup…..Christ yea im in! I have followed and dreamt about RAAM since i first heard of it in 2007,to be part of it was too good to pass up,i cleared it with herself and we were good to go! At the finish line i promised myself i would do it and said it out loud so it was cemented! Declan Brassil who was one of the 4man team said he’d return the favour of crewing but i said i’d rather have him cycling it with me and here we are now……like is said…..Gobshites!
2015 we entered Europe’s toughest bike race, the Race Around Ireland, breaking the existing 2man record. We only managed 3rd on the podium as the competition was fierce and Declan had a very bad crash the first night, a lesser man(Myself) would probably not have been able to continue, he was bust up,bruised and bloodied and took a good while to recover fully which made an impossible race all the more difficult. As we rolled into the finish line in Navan we started discussing RAAM……”Let me have a sleep,several showers and a beer and we’ll discuss it properly!”
So here we are now six months out from the worlds toughest bike race. Twice the distance of the Tour de France in a third of the time. 5200km non stop 24hr a day race. No Irish have attempted 2man, there’s been fours and eights but no twos so we knew we had to take a professional approach to it. In fact more people have stood on top of Mt Everest than have finished RAAM. We’re being coached by Bryan McCrystal of BMC Coaching, S&C with Bernard Smyth of UltimateConditioning.ie who without doubt is the best in the country at what he does and supplied with everything we need from Spun Cycles & Spun Run in Trim, Co Meath and nutrition from PowerBar.
We have a number of sponsors on board and are racing under the names of our two main sponsors as Team Ardstone/Tayto Park LCRC, while the cost of the race has kindly been covered we now want to make as big a push as possible to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and our local Meath branch. If any companies would like to come on as a sponsor please feel free to call me on 0861617407, your companies logo will be displayed on our jerseys and support vehicles. For those looking to give a donation please follow the link https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/race-across-america-for-alzheimers#/?_k=66oviv
I will update how our training and prep is going every couple of weeks and sure if you’re bored with nout else to do then have a read!!
I also have the small problem of getting through therace.ie 2017 first in March,this particular Gobshite is going solo on this one…….. More on that next time!!