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Darren sets off on epic U.S cycle in aid of Kevin Bell Trust

Intrepid cyclist Darren Rowland has set off on his epic 4,000 mile cycle across America in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. The Culloville man took off from Ocean Beach, San Francisco on Sunday morning to embark on the first leg of a two-wheeled trip spanning the breadth of the United States, from San Francisco to New York.  Darren will spend the next two and half months on his bike, travelling south of the Rockies across the Nevada Desert to Dallas Texas, Memphis Tennessee, Nashville Tennessee and Philadelphia before finishing his mammoth journey in New York City on June 16th.

The solo cyclist will have some company for the last leg of his journey when pal Jamie Malone joins him for the 800 mile trek from Louisville Kentucky to New York.

To fulfil a lifelong dream, cycling across the United States, the Mechanical Engineer decided to complete the coast to coast bike ride whilst raising funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, a charity close to his heart having known Kevin Bell during his school years.  Darren’s commitment to raise funds for the renowned repatriation charity was also compounded by the tragic death of Silverbridge man Niall Quinn in a boating accident in Australia in January.

A series of hugely successful fundraisers have been held both at home and stateside ahead of his trip and both Darren and Jamie have set up fundraising pages on Supporters of the intrepid mission can keep up to date on Darren’s cross country trek on the 2Wheels2NewYork Facebook page and blog.