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Aidan Duff – Part Two; Moving from Riding to Selling to Manufacturing with Fifty One Bikes

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In Part One of our interview with Irish rider Aidan Duff we heard about his six years based in Nantes, three of them riding for Jean Rene Bernadeau’s top flight Vendee U squad, his experiences riding with Thomas Voeckler in the team, and his wins in the Herald Sun Tour and Tour of Brittany.

We continue our chat by asking Aidan why he stopped racing and how he moved into the business side of the game, as well as the unusual methods involved in producing his custom-sized carbon fibre frames and bike builds…

Aidan Duff
Aidan (with Ciaran Power to his left) celebrates the Herald Sun Tour stage win. Photo©supplied

When and why quit racing?

“I decided to quit before it quit on me.

“I had set out to leave a mark and become one of the best. The transition from big fish in a small pond in Ireland to the big stage is an eye opener. You race against guys who are genuinely gifted and have like the X factor, like they were put on this world to ride a bike.

“Think Sagan and company, it’s impossible to put into words how talented and awesome these guys are. When everything falls into place and you can’t feel the pedals it’s a wonderful feeling but for me that was maybe three times a year. The really g