Foreword Dany “I know this lad since his underage racing, this on the road and in the fields. One of the strongest riders of his generation already, this move will even make him stronger!! His hunger for being the best, his kind character, and his work rate will do the rest…Island Wheelers will be sorry to see him leave, but being proud that they laid the first stone to success for young Darren…He is joining a handful of Irish Riders who are racing in France and soaking the experience of top-level racing for amateurs. Darren is also in my selection program for a possible bursary…hopefully I can restart my funding soon, as waiting for restrictions to ease and my sponsors to rejoin …Good luck Darren, you deserve it!

Darren told social media>>> For 2021, I have joined “Team 31 Jollycycles u19” ( and were lucky to get the opportunity to meet the team last week in Toulouse. Looking forward to getting some European racing in over the coming months and spending my summer in France!!Big thanks to Stephen Gallagher from for helping to set this up!

Photo courtesy of Jerry Rafferty