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Padraig Marrey


Ireland’s Highest Qualified Cycling Coach Former Cycling Ireland national coach, Padraig Marrey (www.marreytrainingsystems.com) is listed by Cycling Ireland as Ireland’s highest qualified coach, having completed the Union Cyclist International’s Level 3 course with distinction. He has completed many courses in tutoring, diet, motivation, personal training, strength and power training.

About Padraig

 Padraig Marrey has been involved with cycling as a competitor and coach for the past 20 years. He is Ireland’s highest qualified coach having completed the Union Cyclist International’s Level 3 course with distinction. This involved an intensive three-month course at the World Cycling Centre at L’Aigle, Switzerland in 2004, working with leading experts, including Australia’s world-renowned coach Charlie Walsh.

Back home in Ireland, Padraig has put his knowledge to good use, and it is perhaps no coincidence that since 2004 Ireland’s elite class has grown to a record 25 registered pro’s. Padraig can be proud in the fact they he more than played his part in all of this.

In 1996 Padraig coached an under-16 rider from Sligo called Mark Scanlon. Mark progressed fast under Padraig’s guidance and in his first year he was beating senior elite riders. Two years later he won 42 races, culminating in a memorable victory in the World Junior Road Championships at Valkenburg, Holland in 1998. Mark has since gone on to ride as a professional for a top French team, and finished his first Tour de France at the young age of 22.

In recent times Padraig coaching skills have helped Develop David O Loughlin (Navigators Pro cycling team) into a world Track cycling star. David was 5th in the Pursuit and 6th in the points race at the track world cup in LA January 2007. recently Dave was 7th at the 1st round of the Track World cup in Beijing only finishing 2.5seconds down on the winner. Look out he is good!!!

Since 1998 Padraig has completed courses in tutoring, diet, motivation, personal training, strength, child protection and power training.
He was appointed Youth Development officer for Cycling Ireland, where his job was to attract and develop young people to the sport of cycling. During his time as YDO youth numbers soared by 200 per cent and talented young cyclists graduated through to international level.
Padraig is still a regular competitor, he participates in road racing, mountain biking and track events. He competes in 2.2 UCI ranked races, in Ireland and in Europe.

Over the past 15 years he has competed nine times in Ireland’s top international race, the eight-day FBD Insurance Ras.
“I believe that it is important to be able to race with the riders that I am coaching so that he can study their strength and weaknesses and see the effort that is required for top- level racing,” he says.
“In future years I would like to compete in triathlons and marathon events so that I can develop training techniques to help athletes improve in their respective disciplines.”

Worked with the Best.

Murphy&Gunn Newlyn professional team from 2005-2007 as a coaching consultant. Guide and coach at Sportactive training camps at their training base in Majorca every year since 2004.

Guide and 2nd road captain to Sean Kelly at both the Tour De Tour and Paris Nice 7 day Blazing Saddles charity cycle challenges 2004 and 2005.

Organised and cycled as a motivator in charity leisure cycles every year since 2002. Mizen to Malin and reverse cycle challenges 1, 3 and 4 day 2006,2002, 2003 respectively.

3 day cycle Carnsore point (Wexford) to Erris Head Mayo 2004. Mile a day challenge (365miles) in 3 days 2005, and Many other minor cycle challenges over shorter distances.