Meeting Chris Kilmurray
Chris Kilmurray is a fitness coach who works with some of the world's top and up-and-coming downhill racers...
Chris Kilmurray is a fitness coach who works with some of the world's top and up-and-coming downhill racers as well as with 'normal' folk and also with the UCI. Chris lives in the centre of Alpine mountain biking and lives the life amongst mountains, bike races and winter time skiing.
For now, enjoy Chris's self-introduction and look forward to more from him:
Words by Chris Kilmurray, photos by Apres Imaging
This love affair with two wheels started in around 1993 watching Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz go bar to bar on 500cc GP bikes on Sunday mornings, I'd be out the door in no time trying to emulate these legends on my BMX 16". Knee down (or so I thought) on the streets outside my house.
It wasn't until 1998 that I discovered Mountain biking: ‘hucking’ off kerbs, dodgy pallet/ply-wood jumps, skids, wheelies the usual. After a few years of that carry-on, a few friends and myself found the local cycling club and made our way to the 2000 Irish National DH champs. 14 years old, rigid bike, v-brakes, no armour and scared sh*tless, but loving it nonetheless. The seed was sown and things took off quickly from there, upgrading parts when I could, dragging my dad to races, eventually buying a real DH bike and starting to take it seriously. By 2003 I was racing the full Irish and British DH series and by 2006 I was getting an eye opening to real speed whilst racing UCI DH World Cups.
I quickly realised that I probably lacked that little bit extra that makes a rider a race winner at the highest level. However, I never lost the love and interest in all things fitness and performance. So I decided pretty promptly to hit the books again, I completed all my basic Cycling Coaching qualifications and finally got selected to spend two months at the UCI's World Headquarters of Evil in Aigle, Switzerland. There I completed an intensive coaching course, working along side some world class athletes and coaches like BMX legend Thomas Allier.
Now I have my own training and athletic development business (Point1 Athletic Development) working with a wide variety of athletes from World Cup shredders Cam Cole and Tahneé Seagrave to Masters and Junior racers from around the world. But I also deliver Coach-education programs in developing nations through the UCI (they're not always evil). Tie all that in with having moved to Morzine in 2008 so I could ride the best DH in Europe and explore never ending hidden singletrack as well as guinea-pig all my training ideas in the perfect setting and you've got a life that's full to the brim with the love of pushing two-wheels to their limit.
Mountain biking has given me the most though, it's provided me with the means to travel the world, riding in amazing places like Iran and others. Years of racing have given me the experience to give my education the direction needed to really help MTB athletes of all disciplines. Mountain biking brought me to Morzine where I can train, ride, test and race on some of the finest mountains possible right on my doorstep and always have a friend from somewhere around the world to do some skids with.