Ronan McLaughlin

Nov 21, 2012


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What area do you compete in?

What team, if any, do you ride for?

An Post- Sean Kelly Team
How long have you been on a bike?

Since I was a kid but I got my first race bike in 2003 and had my first racing season in 2005.
What got you into the bike?

I think I was intrigued by road racing and the Tour de France and a friend gave me the "Sean Kelly Story" video which really inspired me.
How long have you been competing?

Seven years
Why do you compete?

I love the buzz and excitement of racing and pushing yourself to the limit and I love trying to lift that limit higher and achieving goals.
Achievements so far?

  • Irish Junior Hillclimb Champion

  • 2nd Junior National Road Race

  • Junior National Time Trial record breaker

  • Irish Hillclimb Champion 2008

  • 6th Irish National Road Race Championship 2009 & 2010

  • 2nd Espoir Road Race Championship 2009

  • 3rd Espoir Time Trial Championship 2008

  • King of the Mountains Circuit De Wallonie 2010

  • 3rd Sprints Classification Tour of Britian 2011

  • 4th Final G.C. Mi Aout en Bretagne 2.2 2010

How do you set your goals?

I have short medium and long term goals.  The short term tend to be changed or reset at the end of every season and focus on races I like and feel suit me best.
How important do you see nutrition in your sport?

I thought it was good until I started working with Barry from Dig Deep Coaching and he really opened my eyes and showed me how much a difference good nutrition can make.  I feel it is very good now.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Training specifically is what it takes to perform in road races and not just riding around aimlessly.
What do you feel are the characteristics that are required to make it in your sport?

Dedication, self belief and a tough mentality.
What would be your ultimate achievement in the sport?

To sign a protour contract and be national champion.
What was the best advice you were ever given?

There are so many bits of advice that I could say really worked for me, from a training point of view I would have to say that "quality over quantity" was a big one for me and from a racing point of view, someone once told me when I'm suffering in a race to have a look around and I'd notice that most people are suffering to and when I look around in a race and see other people suffering to that really helps me dig deeper.  It sounds obvious but alot of the time its easy to forget.
Where or who do you draw your inspiration from?

From people who I know personally who have made it to the top of our sport and from past disappointments.
What is the biggest change you have made in your training to improve performance over the last 3 years?

I put my improvements down largely to two things - training with a power meter and improved nutrition.


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