a conversation with...

  The Cycle Sierra Nevada Scholarship was developed as a way to sponsor young cyclists that may not have opportunity or financial capacity to avail of a cycling training camp. In this section we take 5 minutes for a chat with one of the applicants selected for the 2019 program.

Aaron Wade - IRELAND

Who are you?

I am a second year Junior/U18 cyclist from Ireland

What team do you ride for?

I currently ride for Nicholas Roche Performance Team which is based in Ireland

Why did you start cycling?

My father used to cycle quite a bit and brought myself and my sister with him some times. We started off on track and that is where I got the interest in racing. Following on from that I took up road racing. In my 1st year on track I won 2 silver medals at the National championships and that is where the motivation came to be better and do more.

Have you any sporting backgrounds apart from cycling?

I was a competitive swimmer and have tried many other sports such running, football, tennis, basketball, cyclocross and Mountain biking. In the past couple of years I have just turned my focus to Road and Track cycling.

What type of cyclist are you? Do you compete in other disciplines, other than road cycling?

I am a road and track cyclist. I perform better on flat and fast courses but I believe I am competitive on mountainous terrain. On track I am more of an endurance rider , pursuit, scratch, & points despite being the Irish Junior National sprint champion I am no sprinter.

Favourite piece of cycling equipment/kit?

Shimano Di2 or my Look SRM Exact pedals.

Your greatest achievements on a bicycle?

3 Gold at track Nationals U16
Defending National title on track for the past 3 years across disciplines
Winning 2 of the Mondello race course series races , special as I beat the Elite National crit champ., an Irish continental rider and a Junior track world Medalist
Newport GP '18 Unknown distance track race , making the podium (3rd) with Pro racer Harry Tanfield of GB (Conti isn’t pro!).

Your favourite professional cyclist? (past and present)

Peter Sagan because he seems to have broken the rainbow curse
Dan Martin cause he has Irish heritage and is one of the great mountain climbers on the road scene

Most memorable moment/stage win from professional cycling?

Remco Evenepoel's win at the 2018 Junior world championships

Your favourite stage race and one day race?

The Olympics because it is every man for himself

What's your current favourite music album/song?

Ladders by Mac Millar

Tell us something we don’t know about you already and you don’t mind the general public knowing?

I have lived in America and Israel for a little while.

Hopes and plans for the future?

To be picked for Road European championships and Track World championships 2019 and Olympics 2024 talent team