Q: It’s incredible that you did a world tour and, along with your teammate, earned the title of being the first Irish person to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. What inspired that trip, and what lessons did you take away from it?
The idea originated back when I was a teenager after cycling the length of Ireland. Despite being unprepared and unfit, I realised that the saddle of my bike was the best vantage point to see the world. Over the following years, my mate Fearghal and I flung about different ideas of countries we wanted to visit until it eventually evolved into doing a full lap of the earth.
The trip gave a fresh perspective both on the world and myself. It showed how people the world over are kind, despite what you often see on the news.
The hospitality that we received was incredible, with people going miles out of their way to bring us food and water or make sure we had a safe place to sleep.
People always ask me if it was painful and that surely my legs (and bum!) were sore. In truth, cycling around the world is not about physical strength or fitness; it’s about having the mental strength to keep going, even when faced with huge challenges. I learned how I could push myself further than I ever imagined and how with the right mind-set, I could achieve anything I dreamed of.