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Darren gains a sidekick for last leg of epic US cycle

May 30, 2016

Intrepid cyclist Darren Rowland gained a much welcome sidekick on Saturday last, as pal Jamie Malone joined him for the last three weeks of his epic cycle across America, in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

The Culloville man embarked on the gruelling challenge on 3rd April and, apart from a two week break due to the intense heat, he has been pedalling his way along the 4,000 mile route from San Francisco to New York solo, to raise awareness and funds for the renowned repatriation charity.

From the outset of his two-wheeled challenge, Darren has been treated to the best of American and Irish hospitality, having been welcomed into the homes of a host of people he has met along the way.  His last solo leg ahead of Jamie’s arrival saw him pass through Memphis and Nashville on the way to Louisville, Kentucky where he met up with Jamie.  During his Nashville stay last week, bar owners Sean & Paula McNamara not only took Darren into their home but also hosted a hugely successful fundraising night of music and entertainment in McNamara’s Irish Pub, raising a total of $1,000 for the KBRT, a percentage of which was donated by the generous couple.

Happy to have finally made it to America to join Darren on his travels, Jamie – who has completed months of rigorous training in preparation for the challenge  – was keen to get in the saddle for the 800 mile trek from Louisville to New York.

Jamie Malone arrived in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday to accompany Culloville man Darren Rowland for the remaining 800 miles of his 2Wheels2NewYork cycle for KBRT.

After 3,200 miles of cycling alone, Darren is more than happy to have some company for the remaining leg of his incredible journey and looks forward to a whole new experience in the weeks ahead as the pair head to their New York destination.

A series of hugely successful fundraisers have been held both at home and stateside for the 2wheels2newyork challenge and both Darren and Jamie have set up fundraising pages on idonate.ie which continue to accept donations.  Supporters of the intrepid mission can keep up to date with Darren and Jamie’s cross country trek on the Twowheels Tonewyork Facebook page and blog.

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