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The father, the son and the daughter - Paul Kimmage, his family and a life in cycling

As part of our Summer Cycles special, Paul Kimmage reflects on what cycling means to him and his family

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Paul Kimmage riding with his son Eoin in 2004

Paul Kimmage riding with his son Eoin in 2004

Paul Kimmage riding with his son Eoin in 2004

"Cycling always starts with a miracle.

For days you tremble, you hesitate, you tell yourself that you’ll never be free of that hand guiding you, under the saddle. My mother and father took it in turns to hold onto me… They’d taken the stabilisers off my back wheel, and I followed the meadow in front of our house, in the direction of the gentle slope, to build up momentum.

And then, one morning, I no longer heard the noise of running behind me, no more rhythmic breathing on my back. The miracle had taken place. I was riding. I never wanted to put my feet back down for fear that the miracle wouldn’t happen again. I was jubilant."