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Cole following the family tradition.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Cole following the family tradition. thumbnailCole McCullough

YOUNG motocross star Cole McCullough blew away the opposition in the first round of the Ulster Motocross Championships at Desertmartin on Saturday.

The Castlederg lad (9) made a blistering start start to his season by comfortably winning all three races on his 65cc Husqvarna, and will surely be aiming for similar finishes in the remaining five rounds.

"He won all of them by about 40 seconds, and he qualified in pole position as well," said Cole's uncle, former professional racer Adam Lyons. "He had a really dominant day in what was really wet, heavy-going conditions. A lot of kids were falling off and making mistakes, but Cole never made a mistake. He rode like a 19-year-old."


And the Edwards PS schoolboy certainly comes from good racing pedigree. His dad, Philip McCullough, is a multi-time Irish and Ulster Champion. The Ballymena rider has represented Ireland at the Motocross Des Nations event and now holds the role of team manager.

Uncle Adam won Irish and British schoolboy titles before going on to clinch both Ulster and Irish Championship wins. The Castlederg man went onto capture a UK Supermoto Championship and during an illustrious career he finished fifth and 16th respectively in British and world Motocross Championships.

So young Cole has big boots to fill, but there was no question he would follow in the family tradition. "From day one there was no question, between his father and myself, he's always followed bikes.

"He definitely didn't have to be coaxed into it, more like being coaxed out of it!" joked Adam. "He's bike-mad. He actually broke his leg last August in practice, so the weekend was his first race back. It didn't affect him at all. He just wanted to get back at it.

"This year is only his second season of racing, and his first full season. He'll race in the Ulster and Irish Championships and some selected rounds of the British Championships, as he's still very young.

"But his maturity is there to see. He won the races easily and there is more in him. He did what he had to do."

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