Local brothers in cycle team

Two Cammachmore brothers traveled to Northern Ireland at the weekend to take part in the 1er Errigal International Youth Tour.

Andrew and Stephen Brown took part in the only Youth International Cycling event in Ireland, which is hosted by Errigal Cycling Club and is open to cyclists in the under 12, 14 and 16 age groups.

Leading marine technology company Kongsberg Maritime Ltd is supporting The Aberdeen District Race team and provided branded kits for the whole team to wear.

The event, which has attracted big names in cycling in the past, including Mark Cavendish who competed in 1999, welcomes young cyclists from around the globe, including South Africa and Spain and a large number of cyclists from across Britain.

Chris Soper, Systems Engineer (ICS & Process Systems) at Kongsberg Maritime Ltd has been coaching the U16 team for the last seven months to help them prepare for the tour.

The race covered three days of racing with two circuit races and an individual time trial. It comprises of hilly terrain and all stages are arranged in laps.

The event ran for 10 years in County Kenny, in 2009 it moved west to Kiltimagh, where many overseas riders attended and in 2012, the event moved north to County Donegal.

Before leaving Chris Soper, said, “We are extremely grateful for the support of Kongsberg Maritime and the branded kits they have provided will help us stand out amongst the other participants in the tour.

“This is the first time we have taken part in the 1er Errigal International Youth Tour and we are looking to build on a great team result in the 2012 Youth Tour of Scotland. The team has been training very hard over the last seven months and we’re hoping that we can follow in the cycle tracks of Bradley Wiggins who won the Tour De France. It is going to be a challenging three days but we are looking forward to the event.”

Dave Shand, General Manager – Offshore at Kongsberg Maritime added, “Chris has been with Kongsberg Maritime since 2011 and he is extremely dedicated to coaching and developing the next generation of talented cyclists.

“As a result, we wanted to support him and the team in their participation in the Irish tour by sponsoring their kits.

“Kongsberg Maritime is committed to supporting local organisations, initiatives and sporting events and this year we extended our sponsorship of Westdyke Boys Club, providing funding for two further youth teams.”