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Pete Vance Cyclist & Sports Therapist

Peter Vance Elivar Featured AthletePete competed in plenty of sports growing up including rugby till his mid 20’s but an injury cut his rugby career short. Eight years ago Pete took up cycling as a hobby and a way to keep in shape. When he won his club’s Time Trial League his first season he realized how strong of a cyclist he’d become. Pete is currently biking around 350 miles a week, and as the weather gets warmer the rides will get longer.

This year Pete is taking the plunge into solo ultra distance cycling. He has enlisted a coach to help him plan and prepare for success in the busy race season to come. His first event of the season will be in Sligo on April 12th. One of Pete’s main focuses for this season will be the Capital to Capital (Dublin to Belfast) UMCA record attempt, and hopefully a return to the Race Around Ireland, which is doubling as the European Championships in late August.


Age: 49

Sport: Ultra Distance Cycling

Pre-race Ritual: To find a quiet spot to relax and get his head straight.

Favourite Cheat Food: A cold Coke after a hard cycle.

Favourite Form of Cross Training: Walking the dogs.

Career Highlights:

  • 1ST Place team finish in The Race around Ireland (2010)
  • Relay record holder for the Mizen Head to Malin Head
  • 7th Place in the Race Across America (2012)
  • Won various Provincial Records with the Monaghan Phoenix AC