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.
BIG Tom Moriarty - IRLELAND
Who are you?
I’m a 16 year old teenager from county Kerry.
What team do you ride for?
I cycle for the O’Leary Stone Kanturk team
Why did you start cycling?
My brother broke his foot and had a rare condition that his foot wouldn’t heal properly. He could no longer play football so he took up cycling and I followed suit.
Have you any sporting backgrounds apart from cycling?
I played Soccer and football until I was about 12.
What type of cyclist are you? Do you compete in other disciplines, other than road cycling?
I’m a road sprinter. I’ve won the National time trial as well and I’d quite like to try track in the future
Favourite piece of cycling equipment/kit?
S-works 7 road shoes
Your greatest achievements on a bicycle?
Probably winning the national road race championships for the 5th consecutive year this August
Your favourite professional cyclist? (past and present)
Alberto Contador. The man is a god, balls of brass and takes the race on with proper old fashioned racing.
Most memorable moment/stage win from professional cycling?
Giro d’Italia 2015 stage 16, Alberto Contador absolutely destroying his completion on the Mortirolo
Your favourite stage race and one day race?
Stage Race - La Vuelta, everyone there is fighting to salvage their season and it often makes for the most explosive uphill battles
One day - Strade Bianche, god only knows what can happen there.
What's your current favourite music album/song?
Probably Eminem’s Curtain Call the Hits, one of the old ones
Tell us something we don’t know about you already and you don’t mind the general public knowing?
I’m a Meme god.
Hopes and plans for the future?
Hopefully one day become a world tour pro