Meet Conor O’Callaghan, 19 years old and from Kinsale, County Cork. Conor uses his electric bicycle to unwind with his friends and family. It keeps him fit and clears his head after training.
“Cycling has played a huge part in my life. I probably wouldn’t be the same without it.”Conor O’Callaghan, Kinsale
I’ve been riding an electric bicycle now for five or six years and I love it. I suffer from Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy and find cycling has played a huge part in my life. Not only for exercise but keeping me sane and getting me out and about.
Cycling is a fun thing to do. Whether it’s getting over to my friend’s house or going out for a ride with my family. Obviously, it’s even more fun when you can beat people up hills on your electric bicycle as well!
I cycle with my brother, Cormac, my dad and my friend. We have some nice back roads behind the house. The electric bicycle has allowed us to cycle long distances and up hills that used to be a challenge for me.
My condition is a deteriorating one but cycling has helped my muscles stay as strong and my heart and lungs ticking over. It’s played a huge role in my physical exercise and I probably wouldn’t be the same without it.
Having an electric bicycle keeps my head away from my table tennis career too. I’ve a big interest in getting to an Olympics and I that know being inside a hall 24/7 isn’t going to get me there. There has to be another part of the training as well.
Going out on the bike is so good for the mind. It clears my head and keeps my muscles fit, but doesn’t exert them to a state where I’m exhausted. My electric bicycle has helped me in many ways.