Conor Dunne up the road World Road Race 2018 UCI Road World Championships #InnsbruckTirol2018 Photo by Bsutton

Irish National Champion @conordunnealot joins Israel Cycling Academy for 2019

ICA Signs Irish National Champion Conor Dunne
Conor : “ I will push myself more then ever with Israel Cycling Academy”

Israel Cycling Academy Has signed Irish National Champion Conor Dunne with a clear mission to support it’s significantly revamped squad to a very ambitious upcoming 2019 season.

“ We are lining up what we believe will be a much stronger team, specially in the sprints’ explain Team Pro Manager and Chief sports director Kjell Carlstrom. “ But with this huge transformation and the clear goal to be up there in the hunt in every single race , we need intelligent, smart and capable riders to support our sprinters and climbers. That is exactly why we could not miss on Conor. He has race smarts: he knows when and how to move in the peloton as you can see from his quite successful breakaway rate attempts. Of course every body wants to get to a breakaway but few make it. We will need him in breakaways, we will need him to close a breakaway, we will need him to support his teammates in crucial moments. Bottom line: He will be very valuable to us all season long”.

Conor, who has raced the last two season with the now defunct Pro continental Irish team Aqua Blue – was delighted to get the Job offer from ICA and relished to the challenge presented to him.

Dunne: “ I suppose I have gained a bit of a reputation for riding in the early breakaways in many of the races I’ve participated in and this is something I have really enjoyed. I love being out front and racing aggressively, it is a way of expressing myself. However, at the same time, I feel I am a reliable team player and love participating in a victory in any small way and sharing that feeling with my teammates. At ICA, this is something I really want to continue doing and prove to be a reliable, strong and versatile member of ICA at any race we line up in. I also really believe in myself and have huge motivation going into next year to improve further and push myself more than ever. My own personal goal is to win a race in the National Champion’s colours next year and really put some pressure on myself to achieve this. I have admired the way ICA work from a far, they have been super strong and ridden well as a team at any race I have competed against them in. So I am really looking forward to working with them next year and make some ambitious goals together; it’s a great opportunity to be part of a winning team that I’m grateful for the opportunity”.

Dunne is a unique rider in so many ways. Size in one of them. At 2.04 m , He is for sure one of the tallest riders in the Pro peloton. ( “ We definitely have a challenge with his bike size” joked Carlstrom) . He is also an social media popular figure with his humour and open personality. And of course, He is as proud Irish as you can get. “I was born in St. Albans, UK “ explains. “However grew up being super proud of my family’s roots in Ireland; My Dad’s side of the family are from Ireland. I grew up in Hertfordshire, UK , But Now I spend most of my time in Ireland; my girlfriend is from Co. Waterford and I love this part of the world. It gives me great pride to represent my country!
I’d always loved many sports; swimming, running, basketball, athletics etc… but my love was always cycling. I got into cycling after hearing all the stories from my Uncle Roger Dunne, who raced in Luxembourg, France and Belgium as a semi-professional rider. So that really sparked the interest and then from that point there was no going back.

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