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Our Team

Immeasurable experience, unrivaled passion!

At Panache Coaching we have a team of three coaches. Each with a different experience in the sport, each with a different background and insight. With this diversity we can ensure you get a coach to best suit your unique needs and goals. 

Head Coach - Ronan Mc Laughlin

Ronan is a former international cyclist who has raced all over Europe with the An Post Sean Kelly team and Irish squad for 6 years. In 2013, Ronan moved home to Ireland and moved into a coaching role.

Ronan set up Panache Coaching with the goal of passing on his experience and knowledge through his own coaching philosophy and ethos.

Throughout the years, Ronan has continued his racing, now based at home with one of the top domestic teams. He has also been involved in both organising and participating in many events and has coached numerous riders to be at their best for these events.

Ronan has coupled his huge practical experience on the road with further education and professional development in recent years. With level 1 & 2 Cycling Ireland coaching qualifications, training peaks level 1 and training qualifications in sports nutrition, emergency first aid, bicycle maintenance, ride leader, health & safety, anti-doping, coaching children and data protection, Ronan has built up vast experience to call upon. Couple this with experience in organising events, teams and training camps, there are few situations our athletes face that Ronan cannot call on experience to work through. 

Cycling Highlights:

  • Irish Hillclimb Champion - 2008

  • Ulster Hillclimb Champion - 2018

  • 2nd Irish U23 Road Championships

  • 5th, 6th, 9th Irish Elite Road Race Championships

  • 1st Foyle International 3 day - 2018

  • KOM Circuit de Wallonie - 2010

  • 4th Mi Aout en Bretagne 2.2 - 2010

  • 1st Shay Elliot Memorial Race  - 2018 & 2019

  • 1st Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra Endurance Race - 2016 & 2017

  • Representing Ireland at 2012 Elite World Championships


Philip Deignan

Philip is a former professional cyclist, who rode professionally between 2005 and 2018 for the Ag2r–La Mondiale, Cervélo TestTeam, Team RadioShack, UnitedHealthcare and most notably Team Sky. 

Philip is also an Olympian having represented Ireland in Beijing 2008. Philip was Ireland’s first grand tour stage winner in nearly two decades when he won stage 18 of the 2009 Vuelta a España, going on to also finish in the top ten in the general classification. 

Having retired from professional cycling in 2018, Philip has now moved into a coaching role and enjoys the new challenge of helping other riders achieve their best.

Cycling Highlights:


Imogen Cotter

Imogen is an Irish cyclist who is living and racing in Belgium. Imogen, a former runner, began cycling in 2017 through the Cycling Ireland Talent Transfer program. Initially, she focused on track cycling, but has now moved to Belgium, the hub of bike racing in Europe, where she is riding UCI and kermesse races. She is a big fan of Zwift, and is part of an indoor racing team too!

Imogen has a B.Sc in Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick, where she studied both lecture-based and practical coaching modules, as well as achieving her fitness instructor qualifications. Having originally started coaching through her own Couch to 5k/10k running groups, she is now excited to share the cycling knowledge that she has gained with you and help you to achieve your cycling goals! Whether you're a newbie to cycling aiming to ride your first sportive, a triathlete who wants to strengthen their bike, or you're just trying to keep motivated with a weekly plan, Imogen can help!

Cycling Highlights:

  • 2nd in National Road Champs 2019

  • 10th in National Road Champs 2018

  • Zwift Academy semi-finalist 

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Combined Experience 
  • British Red Cross - emergency first aid for sport

  • Ride leader training

  • Sported Engage Her training

  • Sport Ireland Anti-Doping - sample collection procedures course

  • Training Peaks Level 1 Coach

  • Power Performance Decoder Certified 

  • Sport Ireland Foundation, Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses

  • British Red Cross - emergency first aid for sport

  • Silver award Velotech bicycle maintenance

  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

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