Let’s meet. . .

. . .Meath GP winner James Quinn

In an occasional series we’ll be delving into the lives and times of some of our most prized members by getting them to answer key questions. If you have ideas for additional, important questions please email info@sttiernanscc.com

1. What do you do to pay for your bikes?

I still haven’t figured out a decent way to answer this question. Sometimes I’ll say: “I work in State Street.” To which, the reply is either, ‘Stationery? Okay.’ or ‘Stay Street? Never heard of it.’ Other times I’ll say that I’m a Fund Accountant. People don’t usually hear the letter ‘D’ and assume I’m telling the lamest joke they’ve ever heard. Maybe it’s the Navan accent. So I’m a Fund Accountant with State Street.

2. Do you remember the first bike you owned?

I had a few hand-me-downs over the years but the first new bike I owned was a Raleigh Venturer. A blue one. It was stolen from outside 673 Collins Avenue in July 2004. So if anyone knows anything maybe we could reopen the case.

3. How many bikes do you own now? All the details please.

I have a Lapierre Hybrid, that I never use any more so should really sell. I have a GT Road Bike; I pretend to think that I don’t like it because its ‘only aluminum’, but I actually love it. Then the Canyon that I got last summer, which is currently hibernating.

4. Describe your best day as a cyclist.

Has to be winning the A4 Meath GP last June. Started in Simonstown, which was the scene of many a humiliation in my underage GAA days – so that was nice too!

5. And your worst?

About six months before the Raleigh mentioned above was stolen, I fell off it going over a speed bump and mangled my right shoulder. Anyone who has ever dislocated their shoulder will know that it’s very effing sore and this one needed operations to fix it. I didn’t cycle again for about six years, maybe more.

6. Have you climbed a Tour de France mountain?

Not yet. I’m still relatively new to the sport, but it’s definitely very high on the to-do list.

7. If you could pick any three people in the world to ride the 21km ascent to Mont Ventoux with who would you choose?

Former Liverpool player Xabi Alonso, Seinfield’s Larry David and musician Nick Cave. Three heroes! (bringing a pro cyclist just wouldn’t work)

8. What would you do at the top?

“Same again tomorrow, lads?”

9. What’s in your jersey pockets now?

Usual really, tubes, pump; nothing too exciting.

10. Lastly, what did you have for breakfast?

Corn Flakes. I know they’re bad for me, but I can never resist.

. . .and that’s goodbye from Quinn. Check him out in action in the racing gallery and don’t forget to tune in next time for more gems from one of Tiernan’s finest.

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