a conversation with...
The Mobel Sport - 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 2018 program.
Cathal Gallagher |DONEGAL - ireland
Who are you?
I’m Cathal Gallagher from Co Donegal in Ireland.
What team do you ride for?
I ride for my local club, Errigal cycling club.
Why did you start cycling?
I started cycling because I seen my dad racing and I got interested and started watching cycling races and I was hooked with cycling.
Have you any sporting backgrounds apart from cycling?
I swam for a couple of years when I was a bit younger.
What type of cyclist are you? Do you compete in other disciplines, other than road cycling?
I’m an all-round type of rider. I love a hilly course with a bit of everything . I like time trialing as-well and I have recently started cyclo-cross.
Favourite piece of cycling equipment/kit?
I absolutely love my Pinarello and Shimano group-set.
Your greatest achievements on a bicycle?
This year I was 2nd in the National Road Race. I have won the ulster time trial and road race title for the last 3 years in a row. I came 6th in Errigal International Youth Tour in 2016
Your favourite professional cyclist? (past/present)
Fabian Cancellara and Julian Allaphilipe
Most memorable moment/stage win from professional cycling?
World Championships in Virginia, USA, when Sagan went from a few kilometers out and managed to hold on until the end.
Your favourite stage race and one day race? Why?
Paris-Roubaix because I think it separates all the strongest riders from the weakest and it is always really exciting to watch.
What's your current favourite music album/song?
I listen to a lot of rap in general don’t have a favourite song.
Tell us something we don’t know about you already and you don’t mind the general public knowing?
I have to have my bike and kit clean all the time . I hate having a dirty bike.
Hopes and plans for the future?
In the far future I would hope to make a living out of cycling it would be a dream, but for now my hopes are to win the National Road Race this year.