The Support Team
As a relatively new company, we know the importance of customer service, satisfaction and value for money. Crucial to your happiness, is a dedicated team of experienced and enthusiastic people.
Paul Kennedy, Managing Director and Tour Leader
Wild Atlantic Cycling was founded by Paul Kennedy, a keen cyclist and active member of North Down Cycling Club. Paul lives with his wife and two teenage sons in the coastal town of Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Paul has a wealth of experience organising day and multi-day cycling trips. Some of his Irish favourites include Cork and Kerry mountains, the Cooley Peninsula (County Down), Inishowen (County Donegal) and Northern Ireland's north coast. Paul has a great nose for route mapping and is always keen to find hidden gems. Having cycled extensively, Paul still believes the west coast of Ireland is hard to beat. In his spare time (when not biking) Paul loves hiking and travelling, spending time with like-minded friends and beer.
Eric Blayney, Support Crew
Eric is a cycling veteran with a wealth of experience in both the racing and touring scenes. He has toured extensively on the west coast of Ireland and admits to it being one of his favourite regions for riding a bike. With extensive knowledge of the area, solid mechanical skills (he’s just built his own stainless steel bike) and a customer focussed demeanour, Eric is a marvellous addition to the team. As support crew, Eric’s responsibilities include pre-trip preparations, road-side assistance to riders, baggage transfers and basically anything that will make your time on ‘MizMal’ something to rave about. When not on a bike, Eric organises monthly off-road racing events at Kirkistown Racecourse on the Ards Peninsula and is a keen amateur photographer. Eric lives with his wife in Bangor, N. Ireland, and enjoys extensive travel - in particular trips to visit his son and family in Canada.
Stuart Martin, Support Crew
Stuart is the newest member to join the team. He lives in Bangor, Co Down with his wife and two young children, aged 8 and 6. Relatively new to cycling, Stuart has only been a member of North Down Cycling Club for 4 years now but has completed many sportives around Northern Ireland in that time. Stuart has also completed a Mizen to Malin trip himself just last year, so has experience of the route and he also enjoys the evening entertainment along the way. He will travel in the support vehicle and help out with all aspects of the trip from pre-trip preparations to helping the team leader throughout the tour.
Stephen Green, Support Crew
Stephen joint the team in 2018, cutting his teeth as Support Cyclist on our 2-Day North Coast tours. Stephen is an accomplished cyclist and regularly takes part in races and club runs. With a sharp wit and talkative nature, you'll never feel alone on the road when Stephen is around! An Accountant by trade, he also keeps us right with commercial and legal aspects of the company.
Matty is our resident mechanical expert! With his warm wit he’ll keep you laughing all week. A very accomplished cyclist, Matty is well known on the mountain and road bike racing circuits. Recent family commitments have given him an excuse to take his foot off the pedal a little. An Engineer at heart, Matty takes a very handson approach to tour support, and won’t stop until the job is done.
Compass Coach Travel, Transport Partner
Our coach partner is Compass Coach Travel. A local company from Bangor run by David Irwin. David will be managing the pick-ups at Belfast, Dublin and Cork and taking us out to Mizen Head to begin cycling. Compass Coach Travel provides the highest standard in small coach safety, comfort and service, operating a luxury 16-seater Mercedes-Benz coach.
The coach offers the following features:
A quiet engine and advanced suspension ensure a comfortable and relaxing ride
full standing headroom
comfortable seating with 3-point seatbelts
personally controlled airflow ventilation
parcel shelf and ample boot space for luggage.