When he’s not working 9-5 in our digital marketing department, Chris McGlinchey is out training, riding and racing.
A former World Cup Downhill mountain bike athlete, Chris switched to the road in 2015 and has never looked back – his laser focussed training schedule has just delivered the best result of his cycling career: silver at the Irish National Championships!
An incredible feat, even more so because the other podium winners were full time pros with Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac) first and Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport) in third.
After the race, Chris said:
“I am still buzzing! Coming into the race I was confident I had the form to contest for a medal if I played my cards right and it was surreal to be able to pull it off. To finish ahead of some of the names that I did was an amazing personal achievement.
Congratulations to Mullen and Dunne also, they rode a great race and it was amazing to give them a run for their money!”
The hard-fought 178km race took place in Wexford over nine laps of the course. Chris made a break for glory with two laps to go, only to be caught on the final lap by eventual winner Ryan Mullen. Both racers worked together until Mullen opened a gap to Chris on the final climb. Chris finished just 23 seconds behind Mullen, with third place finisher Conor Dunne 29 seconds behind.
Here’s Chris’s Strava file from the race – the first 10km was neutralised, and Chris started his Garmin after that [see it on Strava here]: