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Steve Sefton – Pro in the 80’s and 90’s; “I love Belgium and loved to race there”


British Cycling in the 80’s and 90’s: televised Kellogg’s city centre criteriums, the Milk Race, the Nissan Tour of Ireland; and to go with Sue Ellen’s big hair and shoulder pads on the TV, those Campag Delta brakes – and then there were… Kirk Precision magnesium frames.

Steve Sefton was that soldier…

Steve Sefton
Steve Sefton with his Kirk Precision bike in 1990. Photo©supplied

You had some nice results in Belgium in the early 80’s, Steve?

“I’d go over after the Lincoln Grand Prix and stay for three months.

“In one of my first races over there, which was at Overijse, I was third, after the finish a local family overheard that I was looking for a place to stay, they wanted their son to learn English and were cycling fanatics so they took me in.

“I had a lot of podiums but you know it works in Belgium; you get in the break and the local ‘hero’ or a lad who’s trying to get a pro contract, needs a result so…

“I made a good little living over there.

“Perhaps my best result was third in the Omloop