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Gabriel Cullaigh – On leaving the GB Academy and joining SEG Racing

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Gabriel Cullaigh
Gabriel Cullaigh.

It was Mark Stewart who suggested we have a word with this young man, Gabriel Cullaigh; he’s been riding strongly for the GB U23 Academy in Italy but recently decided to make his own way in the tough world of continental bike racing, joining strong Dutch Continental outfit, SEG Racing Academy.

Here’s what Gabriel had to say to us just the other day…

‘Gabriel Cullaigh’ the continental race announcers and start sheet framers must have fun with that?

“To be fair to them, they get it correct more often than British announcers do!

“‘Gabriel’ varies across countries which I don’t mind at all, but they normally get ‘Cullaigh’ correct, give or take different accents.

“The correct pronunciation is ‘Gay-Brie-l Cull-A-g’.”

You were a mountain biker originally – how did you get into the road?

“Apparently so! I’ve been waiting for a chance to clear this up.

“According to my British Cycling ‘rider bio’ (which I had no part in writing) I start