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May112011

Fergal Kennedy

Fergal (42), a road racer from his younger days, got back cycling when joining Marble City Cyclers in 2010.  While a chest infection meant that he didn't get much cycling in at the beginning of 2011, it still hasn't stopped him in recent weeks and is currently participating in club league races both in Waterford and Wexford. He's works as an electrician and is married to Sarah and they have 3 kids, Christian, Aoife and Lilly.

 

You use to cycle when you were younger - tell us more on that:

I raced from U-16 League until I was 22 with the old Kilkenny Cycling Club, when it was in its hay day.  I took part in open races such as the Gorey 3-day and the Junior Tour, as well as league races in Carrick and Kilkenny.  Women and beer got in the way then.

Did you win much:

I won a few league races and got fourth in the Des Hanlon.  I suppose you get out what you put in and I could have put in more.

Why did you get back cycling:

To lose weight!

Who has impressed you most in the Club and why:

The older members for keeping at it and showing you can still be a good cyclist.

What's your cycling goal for 2011:

To get back into doing a few races and completing sportives such as Ring of Kerry, Tour de Kilkenny and Sean Kelly Tour.

Who do you admire in cycling:

Seán Kelly and Stephen Roche, home grown boys.

What other sport do you follow:

Motor cycle – any racing with two wheels interest me!

Who do you admire most in sport other than cycling:

Valetino Rossi.  A motor legend and motor GP world champion – he never gives up.

Who do you admire most outside sport:

Nelson Mandela

Sporting occasion you would like to attend:

Tour de France – which I did a few years back.

Favourite TV:

Eurosport.

Last book:

“In search of Robert Miller” – it turned out he is a she! (sorry if we ruined the ending for you!).

Favourite movie:

Don’t have one.

Favourite musician/band/singer:

Meatloaf

Favourite place/holiday:

Cambrils, Spain

Favourite drink:

Water

Ideal celebrity date:

Jessica Alba

What would you done if you won the lotto:

Retire

What can you not live without:

Air

For relaxation:

Cycling

If you could turn time back:

Stuck at the racing longer when I was younger