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| Ian Bailey - Rock & Ride Outdoors
Ian Bailey is a mountain bike coach and MBLA tutor for Rock and Ride Outdoors and Cycling Ireland. From his beautiful Mournes base in the epicentre of Irish mountain biking he delivers and designs coaching and leadership courses whilst constantly being distracted by the endless trails on his doorstep. A fully paid up bike geek for over 25 years; Ian loves anything with two wheels, even if it hasn’t got gears and spends his life sharing his enthusiasm with anyone who’ll listen!
If he’s not on a bike then he can be found up in the mountains fell running or planning his next trip away.
|Kieron Selley - Nail the Trail
The love of the outdoors started from a very early age for Kieron; his childhood holidays were spent in a caravan somewhere in the Scottish Highlands, generally near a Loch so the family passion for water sports could be indulged. The campsite was also conveniently located near a range of Scottish mountains to allow the continued effort to ‘bag’ the ‘Munros’; he still has a slack handful to complete before all are ticked off. In the 80’s an addition to the outdoor pursuits came in the shape of a fully rigid Saracen Traverse (purple in colour!).
Having walked, climbed, skied, kayaked and generally ‘played’ in the outdoors around the world it is the love of mountain biking that has stuck with him. He achieved his first mountain bike leadership qualification in 2002 via the Association of British Cycling Coaches but soon went on to develop his leadership skills through the Scottish Cycling Mountain Bike Leaders Award (MBLA). He has led groups of enthusiasts in a variety of terrain and has added to his knowledge by successfully working his way through the Scottish Cycling MBLA and Cycling Ireland Tutorship programmes he is also a qualified MTB Coach. He currently lives a quiet life in sight of the Ballyhoura trails and enjoys helping others develop their leadership skills and general MTBing skills through his business ‘Nail the Trail’.
| Kelvin Batey|
I am the current World BMX Champion in the Masters category while still racing at the Elite level in the UK in which I have won numerous titles at home and abroad. I started racing for Ireland in 2009 after competing for GB before that and qualifying a place for the country for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. I attempted to do the same in the previous Olympic cycle but fell short by one place after a crash whilst qualifying seen me just fall short of being able to compete in London.
As well as riding for Ireland on the bike I have aimed to develop the sport of BMX off it by doing various things off the track to see the sport moving forward and this has been an important role to me in the last 5 years. BMX has really seen a huge progression and influx of riders in that time and along with a number of committed people on the BMX Ireland Commission and people running the BMX Clubs in Ireland I aim to see things move forward even more in both the long and short term. Having BMX now supported by Cycling Ireland is going to be a huge benefit to both parties as the help received from the Governing Body will help produce young cyclists who can learn the basic skills that BMX teaches you to hopefully go on and have a career either in BMX or one of the other cycling disciplines.
Coaching BMX gives me a huge amount of satisfaction as seeing riders progress from session to session, month to month and year to year is an amazing thing to be part of and seeing them go away from a session on a high or pleased with themselves is something that not much else can top. If my articles help just 1 person improve themselves it will be a job well done.....enjoy!
| Ronan Ryan|
I have been a lover of all things 2 wheeled since I was a young grasshopper in primary school, using cycling as a means to get out and about and explore. Originally from Dublin but now a resident of the beautiful garden county with the hills of Wicklow on my doorstep. I am a Sprocket Rocket Coach and have done various other Cycling Ireland coaching courses. I am also a B commissaire. I still enjoy competing in several disciplines from road, track and more recently cyclocross.