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The Sean Kelly Team is heading to the Spanish resort of Benidorm for its first training camp following its launch by Cycling Ireland last Monday. Paidi O'Brien and ex-VC La Pomme cyclist Tim Cassidy are among the team members making their way to Benidorm for 10 days intensive warm weather training.
Most of the members of the Sean Kelly Team will have raced and trained together over the last year on an ad hoc basis but this trip will be their first official outing as a unit.
Team director Sean Kelly said: "The lads are excited to get this trip under way. The fanfare of the launch on Monday is now forgotten and it's time for the boys to get down to some serious work. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we have the funding to provide camps like this which are very important if The Sean Kelly Team members are to be given the same opportunities as other continental teams."
The team is an extension of the Sean Kelly Cycling Academy, which was opened by Cycling Ireland in Belgium three years ago. The aim of the academy is to help the development of young Irish cyclists. Since the academy's formation, Cycling Ireland has been sending its riders to Belgium to enable them gain regular exposure to racing on the continent. The launching of this team was the next step for Ireland's talented cyclists to progress through the sporting pathway.
Tamara O'Driscoll, CEO of Cycling Ireland said: "Over the past few months, Cycling Ireland, Sean Kelly and a number of volunteers have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the development of this team. The structures are in place, the funding has been sourced and the professional back up is ready. The team has caught the Irish public's imagination and the lads are aware that the country will be watching them wishing them success. This training camp will give them time to consolidate and prepare for the season ahead - their first as a continental team."
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