About Marrey Training Systems
Padraig got into cycling at the early age of 14 and started racing in 1987 the year Stephen Roche won the Tour De France. As a youth Padraig was competitive in many sports but excelled in boxing, cross country and track running, rugby and cycling. He competed at a high level in all of these disciplines until he got repeatedly sick. With no proper coaching structure and been over enthusiastic at the time he looked to find a solution, at 18 I realised that I need to explore what’s out there, this is when he looked into coaching, he signed up for the Fás cycling coach course which was a six-months in house course based at Larch Hill in the Dublin Mountains. At the time it was the highest available qualification for cycling.
In 1993, Padraig became Connacht Head Coach at the tender age of 20, was responsible for coaching and development of cyclists from 12 years of age up to elite status. He established an academy where the cream of the province’s cyclists came to learn about training and preparation. During this phase Connacht was transformed from being one of the weakest cycling provinces into one of the strongest, winning a host of national titles across a range of age groups and gaining a wide variety of National call ups.
In 1996 Padraig coached an under-16 rider from Sligo called Mark Scanlon. Mark progressed fast under Padraig’s guidance and in his first year he was beating senior elite riders. Two years later he won 42 races, culminating in a memorable victory in the World Junior Road Championships at Valkenburg, Holland in 1998. Mark later rode as professional riding the Tour De France in 2004 with the AG2R team.
Padraig joined the coaching staff of Cycling Ireland as a development officer from 2001 to 2003 and as head of Coaching from 2003-2005 He is Ireland’s highest qualified coach having completed the Union Cycliste International’s Level 3 course with distinction. This involved an intensive three-month in house course at the World Cycling Centre at L’Aigle, Switzerland in 2004, working with leading experts, including Australia’s world-renowned coach Charlie Walsh.
Mary Mulchrone. Sports career started off at the age of 12, played club GAA then progressed onto County level, played county level GAA from under 14 right through to senior level. Also played soccer at club and county level, Got involved with coaching youth football in Tottenham Hotspur football club from 1992 to 1994 where she gained her level 1 FA football coaching badge. Coached Westport united ladies to win the double in Cup and league in 2003. She progressed to pursuing her own career in 2004 she changed over to cycling and took up racing, she became very successful in a short period of time, she also got involved in coaching and is now one of the leading female coaching voices in Irish cycling.
Winner of Connacht medals (from 1984 to 2000) in GAA,
Winner of Connacht medals from (1989 to 2003) in soccer.
FAI cup runners up with Westport United in 1997
Overall Winner of Connacht cycling road race league 2008.
Ladies winner of Ballinrobe 2Day 2006
Ladies Gael force winner 2007 and 2009
Winner of Connacht medals (2006 to 2008) at Road racing, Hill Climbing, Time Trailing
Worked with the best
Padraig was part of Ireland’s first ever professional cycling team as a coach and mentor to the Murphy&Gunn Newlyn team from 2005-2007. He also worked with the Pezula cycling professional team in 2008 where David O Loughlin progressed to ride for Ireland in 4km pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Pushing to the limit.....
Guide and coach at Sportactive training camps at their base in Majorca since 2004. Guide and 2nd road captain to Sean Kelly at both the Tour De Tour and Paris Nice 7 day Blazing Saddles charity cycle challenges 2004 and 2005. Organised and cycled as a motivator in charity leisure cycles since 2002. Cycled from Mizen head to Malin head and reverse as part of 1, 3 and 4 day challenges. Organised the Carnsore point (Wexford) to Erris Head Mayo 3 day challenge. Coordinator of the Mile a day challenge (365miles) in 3 days 2005,and organiser of many other cycle challenges.
In 2008 I was asked to get involved in a project to train a group of novices to race in the Race Across America (RAAM) (3050mile non stop relay race across America). We had 6 months to prepare them and we eventually whittle the squad down to four riders where they went on finish a very close 2nd place overall.
My own sporting achievements
Current Record Holder for the Mizen to Fair Head (End to End) Ireland longest place to place cycling route, set in August 2006.
Current record holder of Galway to Limerick route (58miles) in 2hrs 14 minutes, set in June 2010.
Winner of stages of the Gorey 3day, Ras Connachta and Ballinrobe 2day.
Competed and completed 9 FBD Ras Tailteann.
Winner of Connacht medals (from 1987 to 2010) at Road racing, Hill Climbing, Time Trailing and Mountain Biking.
Represented Ireland at the 6 day Sun Tour in Australia 2005
National 30k Tandem champion 2009
Silver medallist at 2006 Crit championships
2nd placed team at the Race around Ireland in 2009
Numerous wins at National bike races around Ireland
Other sporting achievements
Humbert (Swinford) Half Ironman Triathlon,winner in a time of 4hrs 28minutes in 2010.
Westport Sprint distance Triathlon winner 2010.
Ballyhoura Blitz winner (14k mountain run and 27k mountain biking) 2010
Achill Roar Adventure race.winner2010
Gaelforce champion, a 68k of a multi discipline adventure race across the West of Ireland.2010
Mizen to Malin record stats from SRM 2006
On-bike time: 17 hours 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
Total time: 17 hours 48 minutes
Total distance: 594.3 kilometres
Average speed: 34.6 kilometres per hour
Average cadence: 80
Average heart rate: 130
Average power output: 209 watts
Total energy : 12,911.5 kj
Since 1998 Padraig and Mary have completed courses in tutoring, diet, motivation, personal training, strength, child protection and training with power.
“I believe that it is important to be able to race with the riders that I am coaching so that I can study their strength and weaknesses whilst keeping in touch with the effort that is required for top- level racing,” Padraig says.
“In future years MTS coaches would like to compete in Ironman triathlons, expedition adventure racing and marathon events so that we can develop training techniques to help athletes improve in these disciplines.”