From our humble beginnings in 2014 to getting Daire Feeley signed for UC Monaco our program and riders have gone from strength to strength. This latest news is an indication that if a rider has the ambition and motivation to make a career and way of life out of being a professional bike rider then Team iTap is the home to do that. Daire has moved onto the next step to that goal.
The selection of UC Monaco for Daire’s further development was quit a simple one. Let us first explain that the program Daire will be riding for in 2017 is an U23 specific team sponsored and run by the Cycling Federation of Monaco, hence our meeting with the President and Technical Director. During 2017 Daire will be exposed to UCI level races across Italy, France, Spain, Belgium & Ireland.
Daire will also be living in an environment solely dedicated to cycling with some of the worlds best athlete’s living and training on his door step. He will train on the same roads as the like’s of Sagan, Froome, Porte, Nibali. He will also have some Irish lads local to him in the shape of Bennet, Roche and the Aqua Blue Pro Continental guys. Daire team mates will represent 8 different nations broadening his knowledge and appreciations. Another big bonus for Team iTap and Daire is that Team iTap will still be heavily involved with Daire’s development moving forward with testing, coaching, athlete services & performance improvements. All of this will be executed in conjunction with their technical director Guido Possetto and the UC Monaco structure. On traveling to meet the UC Monaco outfit one thing became apparent from the weekends visit. UC Monaco and Team iTap have but one focus and that is the development of the rider and giving back to the sport. A clear vision that isn’t about directors, coaches, mammies or daddies but about the rider and providing the utmost duty of care in order for progress and success. An honest and transparent structure only develops success and this is an extension of the iTap vision.
UC Monaco will provide Daire with a stable accommodated base in Monaco from where he can training and progress. The team will provide accommodation, equipment, nutrition both on and off the bike, all of the travel, team services, support and accommodation to and from UCI events, training camps access to some of the top riders in the world who hold Monégasque licenses. For Daire all of this is a valuable chalice of knowledge and an extension of our work at iTap.
Moving forward Team iTap are developing with partners across europe and our current relationship with UC Monaco can only but see Daire Feeley realise his dream of becoming a professional bike rider and most importantly a World Champion. We are looking forward to working with UC Monaco and developing a vision and dream both parties share.
Good Luck for 2017