Conor Dunne, nephew to the late Roger Dunne... it runs in the family
Biography: Notwithstanding his relatively tender years, Conor Dunne (24) is already firmly regarded as one of the giants of Irish cycling – if only for the fact that standing at 2.04m tall (6’8” and change), he is already head and shoulders above the competition. Born in St Alban’s, Dunne traces his Irish roots back to his father’s side of the family, with his paternal grandfather hailing from Edenderry, Co Offaly and his grandmother from Charlestown in Mayo.
However it’s not his dimensions but his racing ability that have earned Dunne plaudits since breaking through as an amateur in 2012 (when he took the individual win at the Irish National Time Trial Championships) and 2013 (when he celebrated participation in his first Rás by promptly winning Stage 1 and taking the overall race leader’s yellow jersey).
Since then Dunne has stepped up to the professional ranks, competing at Continental level in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons and notching notable results including 1st in the 2016 Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic and podium places in the 2015 Irish National Road Championships and on stage 4 of the 2015 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan.
Dunne is eager to add to his palmarès in 2017 and sees a step up to Pro Continental level with Aqua Blue Sport as the idea platform from which to launch the next stage of his career.
“I was attracted to Aqua Blue for the chance to ride at Pro Continental level and compete in the sport's bigger races throughout the season,” he said.
Describing Ireland’s first Pro Continental cycling team as “an exciting new project”, Dunne said he is looking forward to immersion in the new team, expecting “a great atmosphere in which I could continue to progress by working hard, whilst enjoying my racing.”
“Next year, I want to show that I can be a consistent and valuable member of a team at this level,” he said, “helping my teammates but also trying to get results for myself.”
Ireland's first pro-continental Cycling Team 2017. Conor (far left)
But it all started many years ago...
Roger and Conor 24 years ago
1st time Conor came to the Vercors in 2006 when Roger wanted to show him his old stomping ground.
From left Conor, Uncle Roger, Uncle Tony, David, Uncle Paul
Roger and Conor in 2014 when Conor was signed to the An Post Sean Kelly Team.