The Saturday evening of the weekend prior to these young mens biggest sporting challenge of their lives to date. The pieces of the jigsaw are beginning to slot into place. Tonight’s rider profile is the one and only, Tomás Walsh.
I live in the passage east area of Co.Waterford. I took up cycling a couple of years ago for something to do. I joined Comeragh CC 2 years ago but only started racing last year, before that I was what is known as a leisure cyclist, those were dark days but I have risen from the ashes and now have a speedy bike to race around on. Last year I picked up a win along with a handful of 2nd and 3rd places along with a number of top 8’s. I also represented the Munster Cycling Federation in a couple of races in the UK last year. This year I was 3rd in the annual Carrick Wheelers Paddy’s day race but so far my best experience was racing in the British Junior Tour series with Munster, I may have finished 33rd but that was certainly one of the toughest races I have done and I am really glad I got to experience that standard of racing. I honestly can’t wait for the Junior Tour, it cannot come fast enough. I’m not feeling too nervous just yet but the nerves are bound to come soon. I am just hoping to give my all everyday and see where that gets me, I have a few goals for myself and who knows what might happen when we get there. We have a super team of lads and we will be pulling for each other throughout the week. Watch this space!
Q1; What is your favourite Irish race and why?
TW: My favorite Irish race is the Nenagh Classic. Its a great race with a really though course.
Q2; What is your favourite race on the professional calender and why?
TW: My favorite pro race is definitely Paris-Roubaix, its one of the most exciting and challenging one day races going.
Q3; Who is your favourite current professional cyclist and why?
TW: My favorite pro is Tom Dumoulin, the big guy can climb!
Q4; Who is your favourite retired professional cyclist and why?
TW: Fabian Cancellara’s gotta be my favorite retired pro. He’s just an all round hero.
Q5; What was the last book you read?
TW: The last book I read was the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Q6; What is your favourite movie?
TW: My favorite movie is Monsters Inc. absolute classic.
Q7; What kind of music do you listen to?
TW: Is maith liom techno.
Q8; Any hobbies off the bike?
TW: My favorite thing to do off the bike is to get Apache Pizza in Aaron’s house.
Q9; What are your expectations for the junior tour?
TW; My expectations for the junior tour are that we will have a great 6 days racing and that anything could happen throughout the week.