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Paidi O’Brien joins Bikeworx as development team expands

Posted on: December 4th, 2017

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Team Bikeworx has snapped up Paidi O’Brien and drafted in more U23 talent. It now has a very strong line-up with seasoned heads O’Brien and Tim Cassidy guiding them.

 

Paidi O’Brien joins Bikeworx cycling team

 

By Luke Maguire

One of the stalwarts of the Irish racing scene, Paidi O’ Brien, joins Team Bikeworx for 2018.

The 33-year-old Cork-based rider will take on the role of road captain for the mainly U23 outfit.

Building on the success of 2017, the team is not only continuing with its commitment to U23 riders, but has bolstered its ranks with some new young talent.

O’Brien has come on board to help develop and mentor the young espoir riders along the road.

The team roster features ten U23 riders for next year, with its focus very much on rider development.

“The aim of the team is to pass on as much knowledge and support to help them reach the top of Irish cycling and further afield,” said team manager Tim Cassidy.

Since its foundation in 2013 the team has grown steadily under the direction of Cassidy, a former Irish International rider himself.

Bikeworx has already enjoyed success in races throughout the country and abroad in recent years.

Adam Stenson represented Ireland in the World Championships U23 road race in Bergen in September.

The riders new to the team for 2018 include:

  • Paidi O Brian; A1
  • Dillon Corkery; First year U23
  • Cian Sutcliff; U23 A1
  • Jack Caldwell; First year U23
  • Luke Kearney; U23 A1
  • Cian Dwyer; U23 A1
  • Andy Maguire; U23 A1

They join a group who will once again ride in Bikeworx colours next year. All of them, bar A1 rider Diarmuid Kavanagh, are A1 U23s.

Those riders are: Sean Moore, Reece Young, Sean McMahon and Stephen Bryan.

Bikeworx is run by Cassidy, Derek Stenson and Liam Cullen; the latter set to ride as a mentor on the road.

The first meeting of the team ahead of 2018 took place last weekend in Celbridge. It held in a two-day winter training camp taking the riders to Bunclody via the Wicklow Mountains.

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