MIDLETON MAN ‘PEDALING’ A SONG AND A BOOK ABOUT IRONMAN

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Christy Parker finds a cycling addict with an askew outlook on Ironman.

Next Sunday over 2,500 athletes in Youghal will confront the merciless creature that is the IRONMAN Cork triathlon.

The 3.8 km swim, 112 km cycle and 42.2 km run will test the mental resilience as much the physical fortitude of those competing mortals. Each will have their own preferred strategy on how best to cope, be it pacing, patience or prayer.

Brendan Hennessy is not competing in Ironman, but when biking through the cycling course he found humour was a fast track to success.

Brendan is a founder member of a merry band of bike enthusiasts known as OldVelos -“a kind of a play on ‘old fellows’, he clarifies. “We restore bikes, ride them and forever talk about them!”

OldVelos began in 2013 when to Brendan called for a cycle rally in Wicklow to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dubliner Shay Elliott –Ireland’s first professional cyclist- wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

Read more inside the latest issue of Midleton & District News.