Former Irish champion Conor Dunne retires from cycling at 27
Dec 31 2019 02:58 am CET

Former Irish champion Conor Dunne retires from cycling at 27
Former Irish champion Conor Dunne retires from cycling at 27
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Irish rider Conor Dunne has announced his retirement from professional cycling at the end of the 2019 season.

The 27-year-old was part of teams like JLT Condor, Aqua Blue Sport and more recently of Israel Cycling Academy. His palmares includes a win in the road race of the National Championships of Ireland in 2018 and top five spots in stages of races like Herald Sun Tour, the Tour d'Azerbaidjan and the Tour of Korea.

Dunne made the announcement through his Instagram account. "I've been pretty quiet on my plans for next year, enjoying some time with my family and taking a break from everything," he wrote. "Next year I'll be hanging up the race wheels for good. Racing bikes was an adventure I'll never forget, that I shared with so many incredible people. It's hard to say goodbye to something that has motivated/driven me for so long but now felt like the right time to put my energy into a new challenge and I'm so excited about what comes next. I'm proud of what I managed within the sport, most of the time I got an absolute kicking but every now and then I managed to win the odd race with myself and I feel I always gave all I had in the process.

"However it wasn't the races or results that I'll look back on (not that I have many results to look back on), but it is the people, places, experiences that will stay with me. Most important of all however, without cycling, I'd have never bumped into the most amazing girl I've ever met in my life and for this I'll be eternally grateful above all else. I'd like to say a massive massive thank you to everyone who helped me along the way, your support meant everything to me."
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