Training Days








Training Days are a series of workshops that are aimed at both the novice cyclist right up to the seasoned athlete. Whether you want to train for your first ever cycle sportif or an epic journey across a continent, these workshops will give you the best advice on how to achieve your goal.


These Workshops are being hosted by Niamh Buffini of Buff Performance, and we have also teamed up with some of the top coaches and experts in Ireland who have many year’s experience to help you with your 2020 aspirations.





We will cover a multitude of topics over the course of these workshops, from the basics of cycling, right up to putting together a balanced training and nutritional plan.

With the experience and expertise of the Trainings Days Team we will dive into everything cycling and help give you the knowledge on how to train smart to maximize your results in whatever your goal might be.


The first of these workshops will focus on the basics and give you an introduction to the program and the team.







These workshops are being held in the Specialized Store in Brownsbarn, Citywest, starting from Thursday 30th January 2020 and running for the following 3 weeks each Thursday.





30th January 2020  (18.00 – 19.30)




  • Mobility & Flexibility - The basics, its importance, why we use it and the best way to use it.
  • Comfort and Bike fitting - The importance of comfort, efficiency and cycle related injury prevention.





6th February 2020  (18.00 – 19.30)



  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Endurance ‘vs’ Short Distance – Training differences and similarities





13th February 2020  (18.00 – 19.30)



  • Preparation, Nutrition and Recovery
  • Lactate Testing
  • Finding your Zone
  • The Para Athlete






20th February 2020  (18.00 -19.30)



  • Build your training plan
  • How to prepare for your key event
  • Open Q&A with the Team
  • Your next steps























Niamh Buffini


Niamh is a professional strength and conditioning practitioner and a former international world class Taekwondo athlete. Having performed at the top level in her weight category of 55kg, Niamh champions strength, fitness and movement for all, from top class athletes, to 9-5 weekend warriors.


Being a multi international medal winning athlete, Niamh had a natural progression into sports science and medicine where she studied in TUD and also has a business and legal degree. Niamh heralds the importance of training the body's natural movement patterns for continuous progressive improvement to our fitness throughout life. She enables her clients too, by educating them particularly in the area of basic fundamental movement for their needs.


Niamh want to share awareness of the importance of having a mobile, flexible and strong frame which can adapt to any scenario withing your sporting life. This can lead to lengthening your sporting career. Having worked with both Olympic and Paralympic athletes across multiple sports, both both as a mentor and coach, she understands the needs of the individual and the demands that a particular lifestyle imposes on each person.






Chris Grieve


Chris has been working within the cycling industry for 30+ years and over this time he has seen firsthand how important bike fitting and comfort is to riders of all ages.


Chris graduated from NTC in 2014 after studying Neuromuscular Therapy which has given him great insight into chronic pain and injury including musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity. With this experience and a passion for all disciplines of cycling, Chris developed a keen interest in bike fitting and how it plays a vital role in not only preventing cycling related injuries how it can give a performance advantage to professional athletes. He has recently graduated as a level 2 Retül bike fitter and utilizes our fully equipped bike fit studio here in the store in Brownsbarn.


Chris’ knowledge and expertise in both Neuromuscular Therapy and Bike Fitting gives him a unique perspective into how a correctly fitted bike can help not only prevent cycle related injuries but also give performance advantages to all levels of riders.



Shane Finn


Shane is an ultra-endurance athlete and started into the sport at the age of 17. His personal drive and the list of achievements he has accomplished over the years is astounding. His dedication to ultra-endurance events comes from the want to help his first cousin Mary who has Spina Bifida. Every challenge he sets himself and every event he takes part in raises money to help Mary and Spina Bifida Ireland.


Some of his most notable achievements include:

(2014) 12 Marathons in 12 Days

(2017) 24 Marathons in 24 Days

(2019) Ran and Cycled from San Francisco to New York in 36 Days

In addition to these astonishing feats he has ran numerous marathons, ultra-marathons and Ironman Triathlons.


With his training over the years, he admits he has learned some very valuable lessons in his approach to training, but with this learning and experience he now spends his time coaching and training other people from all levels to help them reach their full potential and their personal goals.


One of his recent projects is his Pushing Limits podcasts where he speaks his own experiences and also to guests from all over the world about pushing the limits in not only sports and endurance, but also in life and in business.



Kevin Kennedy


From a young age, Kevin Played Hurling and Gaelic Football up to U21's, and then started racing in the Downhill and Enduro mountain biking series' in Ireland and most recently competed as a Masters level weightlifter.


As Kevin has been involved with so many different type of sports over the years, he has realized that no matter what sport you engage with, nutrition plays a monumental role in ensuring you have the energy levels required to continue to push yourself in training and competing. This is why Kevin grew a massive interest in nutrition in sport and became a real food advocate and now gives talks and guidance on how to get the most out of your training and competitions through nutrition.


Kevin uses his experiences and now focuses his attention to help others who want to train as hard as he has over the years. He understands that the basis for any training lies within your diet and is a firm believer that if you employ a balanced and healthy nutritional plan to your training, it gives you the energy to push yourself in every training session and also when it comes to race day.



Hugh Byrne


Hugh leads a team of volunteer coaches at Irelands National Velodrome which is situated in Sundrive Park in Crumlin. He has been involved there since 2006 and in 2008 formed the highly successful Sundrive Track Team which is based there. He has been involved at all stages of rider development from their very first day on the track right up to national squad level.  He has coached multiple National Track Champions in Sprint, Endurance and Team events.


Hugh has a passionate interest in sprint both on road and track and is well placed to impart knowledge regarding what happens in a sprint and indeed what it takes to excel or improve in this aspect of cycling. He still races at veteran level and puts his training and knowledge to good use if he makes it to the finish line.

Prior to being involved in cycling he had a background in martial arts and road cycling, and has always had a keen interest in Strength and Conditioning and Sports Psychology.


He recently retired (early) to pursue his interests in developing a deeper knowledge of those areas in order to become a more complete coach.   


Hugh was voted 'Cycling Ireland Club Coach of the Year' in 2019.





Ross Hamilton


Ross is an ex-international athlete having competed with the Irish Sailing team in the Finn class dinghy for over 5 years on the ISAF world cup circuit. He also campaigned for both London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. While competing he decided to complete his Master's degree in Exercise physiology at Trinity College Dublin. Having achieved a distinction for his degree Ross realised he had a passion for discovering the best methods to promote human performance. IHe then went on to complete his Certificate as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA and he constantly works to stay current with gold standard training methods. Ross currently oversees the support services to elite level scholarship athletes at Trinity College, and he is also a Lifestyle Support Advisor with the UK Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Scheme.


Recently Ross has transitioned sports to compete in triathlon where he has since won several age group titles, including a bronze medal at ETU Multi-sport Europeans over middle distance. He has been involved in many sports throughout his life and is fascinated by the numerous approaches to training for different disciplines. Ross believes in finding the balance between theory and practice to deliver an effective, practical solution. His current research interest areas include recovery methods, training adaptions and their application to real world scenarios.


Ross has written numerous blogs on his website that explains how different training methods can help each individual achieve their personal goals.

Check out his website in the link below.






If you would like to attend these workshops, please sign up below.


(Please note: There are limited spaces available for each workshop. Sign up early to avoid disappointment)









If you have signed up and then are unable to attend, please email the link below so that your place can used.






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