- Name: Conor Dunne
- Date of birth: 22/01/1992
- Weight: 88kg
- Height: 2.04m
- Specialisation: All-rounder/GC
Biography: Notwithstanding his relatively tender years, Conor Dunne is already firmly regarded as one of the giants of Irish cycling – if only for the fact that standing at 2.04m tall (6’8” and change), he is already head and shoulders above the competition. Born in St Alban’s, Dunne traces his Irish roots back to his father’s side of the family, with his paternal grandfather hailing from Edenderry, Co Offaly and his grandmother from Charlestown in Mayo.
However it’s not his dimensions but his racing ability that have earned Dunne plaudits since breaking through as an amateur in 2012 (when he took the individual win at the Irish National Time Trial Championships) and 2013 (when he celebrated participation in his first Rás by promptly winning Stage 1 and taking the overall race leader’s yellow jersey).
Since then Dunne has stepped up to the professional ranks, competing at Continental level in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons and notching notable results including 1st in the 2016 Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic and podium places in the 2015 Irish National Road Championships and on stage 4 of the 2015 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan.
Stepping up to Pro Continental level with Aqua Blue Sport in 2017, Dunne has already demonstrated his strength as a breakaway specialist, lighting up escapes in almost every race he has started. Early results include the King of the Mountains classification in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and 3rd place in the 2017 Irish National Road Race Championships.
“I was attracted to Aqua Blue for the chance to ride at Pro Continental level and compete in the sport's bigger races throughout the season,” he said.
Describing Ireland’s first Pro Continental cycling team as “an exciting new project”, Dunne said he is looking forward to immersion in the new team, expecting “a great atmosphere in which I could continue to progress by working hard, whilst enjoying my racing.”
- 3rd place Irish National Road Race Championships
- 1st place Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race - Mountains Classification
- 1st place Rutland-Melton International Cicle Classic
- 3rd place Irish National Road Championships
- 3rd place Tour d'Azerbaïdjan – Stage 4
- 1st place An Post Rás – Stage 1
- 1st place Irish National Time Trial Championships – Individual Time Trial