Dave Watson just after winning the Wallace Caldwell 2016 in Ballymena, one of his favourite hunting grounds for wins (Picture David Mc Veigh including feature photo)

If Dave Watson from Bangor County Down would had more time to concentrate on his cycling, he probably would have trebled his wins, holding a job as a construction engineer and mostly have to travel abroad to work, is not easy to combine with a sport that is so demanding. It is more a case of training while you have some spare time, just like many others with a young family and a full-time job to look after. A man of the Ras, classic winner, stage racing winner and I could go on and on. A well-spoken gentleman married to Kathryn and daddy of Thomas and Bella. Dave is also a great man for raising money for charity, especially for Down Syndrome (His son Thomas is one of the special children) and the local Children’s Heartbeat Trust from Belfast, something I have in common with Dave. With his current team Bike House from Bangor, they have raised thousands for these causes and this sums up what person he is…A well-liked man, but feared in the Irish and Ulsters pelotons. We had a chat with him 4 years ago, this just after his classic win in Ballymena when he was still an NDCC rider, the other cycling club in Bangor

A great family picture with his lovely wife Kathryn, son Thomas and youngest child Bella (Picture from Kathryn’s page)
It was less than an inch (Dave left) in the Caldwell 2016 (Photo David Mc Veigh BP Media)
Beating Angus Fyffe (Belgian Project U23 Composite team) also with a few inches at the last stage of the TOTN in 2015 (Photo Darren Crawford with thanks)