What sparked your love for cycling?
I probably first experienced the joy of seeing the world on two wheels when I was on the back of my Mum’s Peugeot road bike on the backroads where I grew up in Ireland. I got my own bike not long after…a beautiful Raleigh. I remember feeling totally out of control at first, but it was possibly my first real lesson in conquering fear. Sean Kelly was a local hero and I watched him and Stephen Roche battle it out on television but it wasn’t until Kelly blew past our front gate in a peloton during the Tour of Ireland stage race that I finally grasped the speed and power of the cyclist. While living in New York, I took up bike polo and traveled all over the US and Canada for tournaments, developing a deep love for the camaraderie of the game and meeting so many amazing people. Before moving to Colombia 3 years ago I bought an old Marinoni road bike, built by Wilis at Deluxe Cycles. On this bike I fell in love with mountains and climbing and we’ve traveled together all over the world. Climbing has taught me resilience and patience and has given me an inner strength and mindfulness that I couldn’t do without.
How did you start designing for cycling?
It started pretty organically. I lost my favorite cycling cap and since I couldn’t find another comfortable enough I decided to make one for myself. The first time I wore it out I got 3 order requests, then my friend at Trackstar NYC suggested a caps-for-bike trade and it kind of grew from there. I freelanced as a textile designer and eventually found myself designing for cycling teams and races as well as running a small production of caps out of my tiny apartment.