Author Archives: Stephen Cousins

Open TT racing by John Rafferty

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I suppose the idea of broadening my race calendar was stimulated when I received an email to say that the 2014 Cycling Ireland yearbook was printed and available. I ambled down to the clubrooms and picked up a copy, and then promptly spent the next few hours scouring the pages looking for races which looked reasonably close (ie in NI)… Read more »

2014 Youth Inter-Provincial Track Championship

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Whilst the National Championships are the platform for Youth riders to shine as individuals, in Track racing the annual Youth Inter-Provincial championship is an opportunity for Youth Track riders to compete together as a team representing their Province in competition for this prestigious title, which since 2010 has also included the winning Province lifting the impressive Sean MacAoghain memorial trophy. … Read more »

2014 International Youth Tour

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The 2014 International youth tour was hosted by Errigal Cycling Club. NDCC had five youth riders competing in this very tough competition. Adam Preece, Joash Lawrence, Katie Armstrong, Marc Lyons and me, Molly Mc Larnon. This is undoubtably the hardest event in the youth calendar, 4 races in 3 days in the tough Donegal hills. Past winners include, Ian Stannage… Read more »

Tour of Omagh 2014

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Rather than beginning at the start line I would have to say that my Tour of Omagh journey began at Harrisons, our coffee stop during the Cloughey run in early June. When I heard Johnny Webb asking if anyone would like to take part in the three day race, I knew it wasn’t an opportunity that I could pass up…. Read more »

NDCC A4 Team Heading to Tour of Omagh 3 Day

The highlight of the racing calendar for A4 racers is the Tour of Omagh 3 day. The 3-day stage race takes place from 27-29th June and features a similar format to previous years with three road stages and one time trial stage. Of those stages, two of the road stages have challenging new routes to ensure the race keeps fresh and… Read more »

3rd round of the Irish NPS MTB XC Series at Lady Dixon

Once upon a time Cycle Show host, Graham Little and I were very nearly attacked and raped by some of South America’s worst criminal men. This is not some strange made up story, but is in fact gospel truth. The guilty culprit that had brought us to this situation came in the form of the well-known backpackers guidebook known as… Read more »