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Aqua Blue unveils Dunne’s Irish champ’s kit & bike – view photo gallery

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne’s new kit – and speciail additions to his bike – honour his national champion’s status. Aqua Blue Sport has done a terrific job. It has combined its own kit with the traditional Irish champion’s livery and for our money this looks fantastic (All photos by Karen M Edwards – Aqua Blue Sport)

 

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

 

Aqua Blue Sport did a great job on designing the US champion’s kit for Larry Warbasse last year and now the team has done the same for Irish champion Conor Dunne.

He claimed the elite road race crown in Co Sligo three weeks ago. And Aqua Blue Sport has wasted not time getting Dunne’s Irish champion’s kit designed and produced.

It’s a nicely balanced blend of the team’s white jersey with gold chevron married with the Irish champion’s livery.

Indeed Dunn’s kit resembles his team’s livery being placed over the Irish champion’s jerseys awarded by Cycling Ireland on the day titles are won.

It’s unfussy and all the better for it. There’s also green, white and gold banding on the sleeves bottom of the shorts.

In an excellent touch, Dunne has remembered his uncle Roger who he has spoken fondly of in the past.

He credits him with introducing him to cycling. The initials RD and the dates ‘1958-2015’ now feature on the seat tube pay of Dunne’s bike.

There’s also a giraffe emoji behind the bottom bracket; a nod to the fact Dunne is the tallest cyclist in the pro peloton.

The frame also features a shamrock flake and tricolour banding on the seatstays and inside the fork blades.

 

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

 

Dunne, who was born in the UK but declared for Ireland as a junior, spoke after he won the title of how much support he’d received from Irish people.

And he said he was delighted with the new Irish champion’s cycling kit and the additions to his bike.

“I’m going to be really proud to represent it and to show it off for the next year,” he said.

“It’s great to have the special touches and the changes which will make it stick out a bit! It’s really cool and I’m proud to wear it.

“I guess it will start to sink in a little more when I return to racing, and line up on the starting line in this special jersey.

“I’ve had so many nice message from people since winning the jersey, including lots who may have been alongside me at the start of my cycling journey but with whom I may have lost touch.

“That’s been amazing. It’s been nice to hear from everyone and to share the victory with everyone.”

Usually based in the south of France with partner Stacey Kelly, Dunne has been in Waterford training of late. And he said he was looking forward to racing again soon.

“This period has been good for getting a little bit of continuity back in my training – getting out every day and getting quality work done,” he said of his stint in Ireland.

“Now it’s time to push on for the remainder of the year and focus on getting some good performances.

“I want to represent this jersey and the Irish colours to the best of my ability and to do them proud.

“It’s an added boost for me to have this jersey on my back and I want to keep doing what I am doing – being aggressive in races.

“I want to be prominent – whether that be in the breakaway, helping my teammates or getting in the mix in the finale of a race and going for the win.

“That’s the plan for the rest of the year and I’ll be doing my best to focus on that.

“I’m really enjoying my cycling at the moment, relishing the role I have to play for this team and it’s a great time for me to be on my bike.”

 

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

Conor Dunne Aqua Blue Irish champion kit & bike

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