Former Tour winner Roche will be main guest at Cycling Show

Details have been confirmed for an exciting list of seminar presentations at the Irish Cycling Show in RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday.

Details have been confirmed for an exciting list of seminar presentations at the Irish Cycling Show in RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday.

Proving that the inaugural Irish Cycling Show will be about much more than bikes and equipment, a mouthwatering list of discussion themes will be presented in the seminar theatre alongside the main exhibition hall at the venue throughout the two days of the show.

Featuring top personalities from cycle sport and the cycling industry in general, the discussions will encompass a wide array of topics designed to interest keen leisure and racing cyclists, commuters and those with an eye on Irish cycling history.

Among the presenters are some of the top experts in the fields of physical and mental development, bike preparation as well as appearances from racing legend Stephen Roche and other top racers in a special An Post Rás discussion.

Roche will speak

Kicking off the programme on Saturday is a discussion about how to unlock your cycling potential presented by Alan Heary, one of the best known and most entertaining practitioners in the field of sports psychology who can count the world champion boxer Steve Collins and former Giro d’Italia professional Ciaran Power on his client portfolio.

Next up event ambassador Stephen Roche will join Declan Quigley on stage for a general discussion about his career, the 25th anniversary of his amazing 1987 season and how racing has changed in the intervening period.

Moving away from the sport, cycling campaigner and lobbyist Damien O’Tuama will present a discussion about the challenges and opportunities involved in Making Cycle Transport Mainstream.

With An Post Rás starting on Sunday, the Irish Cycling Show will pay tribute to the event with a discussion about what is now one of the most fabled and inspiring annual sporting events in Ireland.

Last year’s winner Gediminas Bagdonas will make a special appearance with his An Post Sean Kelly squad at the show on Saturday afternoon. He will take to the stage in company with cycling historian Graham Healy, top club rider David Peelo who will start his 25th Rás the following day and the winner of the 1979 Rás Stephen Roche.

On and off the bike nutrition is always a hot topic amongst cyclists and renowned chef Chris Sanford and nutrition expert Vicky Dibble will be on hand on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to explain the benefits of his approach to getting the fuel in.

Top coach

Sunday’s schedule kicks off with the first of two talks given by former international road racer and top coach Scott McDonald of Winning Solutions. Scott will explain how keen bike riders should best prepare for that first sportive.

His next talk will be about how to get into racing, a branch of cycling that is sometimes intimidating but always rewarding and growing in popularity with every passing season.

Scott’s discussions will be sandwiched by a return to the stage by Stephen Roche who will discuss the current professional racing scene and the hopes for Ireland’s small band of top European professionals including, of course, his son Nicolas.

John Donnelly from Cycle Superstore in Dublin will be on hand to discuss the vital, but often overlooked, importance of making your bike fit your body to ensure not just the best transmission of power to the pedals but also to offset easily avoided but all too prevalent back and knee injuries.

Each of the discussions is scheduled for a half hour including questions from the audience and all talks are free to the public already present at the exhibition.

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.