An Post-Chainreaction adds another Irish rider from home scene for 2016

Posted on: January 14th, 2016

Having been one of the top men on the home scene in 2015 and broken into the Irish set-up, Sean McKenna is now part of the An Post-Chainreaction set-up.


Having had the best start to the season in living memory on the home scene last year, Sean McKenna is joining the An Post-Chainreaction team for 2016.

He had been expected to sign for the doomed Dynamo Cover outfit, but discussions progressed with An Post-Chainreaction and he is currently training with the team in Spain.

McKenna has been studying in college in recent years and is due to complete that course in coming months.

Stickybottle understands he will continue race at home with Team Aquablue until his final exams are completed and will then take up his place with An Post-Chainreaction in late spring.

McKenna rode for Aquablue last year, having ridden for UCD CC in previous seasons.

He started his cycling career as a teenager with Orwell Wheelers and was not a rider who focussed too much on racing or who excelled until he hit the U23 ranks.

However, he won a number of very good races in 2014 and as soon as the flag dropped on the new season last February it was clear he had jumped into the top echelon of riders in Ireland.

In the first weeks of the season – the 3½ week period from February 22nd to March 17th to be precise – the Dubliner took a staggering six wins.

These included the Lacey Cup in Co Kerry, Mick Lally Memorial in Co Meath, Rás Naomh Finian in Co Meath, Newbridge GP in Co Kildare, Boyne GP in Co Meath and the St Patricks Day Race, also in Co Meath.

The only race he didn’t win in the period to St Patrick’s Day was the Cycleways Cup in Co Meath at the start of March where he was 2nd.

He then went on to win the Dungarvan Open Race, the Peter Bidwell Memorial in Co Louth, the Moynalty GP in Meath and a round of the BikeWorx Series in Co Kildare.

After that staggering early season run, McKenna was selected on the Irish Development Team for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan at Easter.

Carrying the tag of favourite into that race and with the national jersey on his bike brought a lot of pressure, but he showed he could handle it and came away with overall victory.

He was then selected onto the national U23 team for the Nations Cup race in France.

He ended 2015 as the top ranked A1 rider in the Cycling Ireland rankings for the year, with his inclusion in the An Post-Chainreaction team for the coming season a deserved reward for such major progress in recent years.

From a cycling background, his father Mick McKenna was a top amateur rider and very strong international athlete who represented Ireland many times at home and abroad.

His uncle, Ciaran McKenna, was also an international and is still racing as a veteran and became president of Cycling Ireland late last year.