- Name – Stephen Feeney
- AKA – Feet of flames, on account of my dancing skills(?), the Fonz and Ste
- Riding Style – CTC/’Big Ring’
- Likes – Beer, Food, Dogs, Father Ted and a fondness for Italian bicycles (not necessarily in that order!)
- Pet hates – not winning the lottery, inconsiderate motorists and badly behaved cyclists giving us all a bad name!
- “When I’m not riding my bike, I…” – am walking the dog, working or out with the Girlfriend (but thinking about bikes!)
- Favourite quote ‘Tough at the top’
Ste has been cycling since he was around 13-14 years old and started racing in time trials and circuit races as a schoolboy riding for Leigh Premier RC.
As a Junior, he was reasonably successful in time trials, winning the North Lancs Junior 10 championships and winning team time trials. Major achievements as a Junior included coming 2nd in a senior road race (clieves hill) and going under the hour for a 25 mile TT at 17 on a Cheshire course in the days before tri bars were allowed, riding his Raleigh steel road bike! nearly winning the event overall.
In 1995 he obtained his 1st category road racing licence for the 1st time, winning three road races along the way (including relegating an up and coming charly wegulius to 2nd place at the Oxenhope road race). Illness at the end of 1995 meant he didn’t ride seriously or race again until 1999, at which time I started riding time trials, achieving a few wins in individual and team time trials.
The following year he started road racing again and managed to obtain his first cat (again) winning a few races along the way. He raced steadily for the next few years, maintaining his first category road race status and achieving time trial success, including the WCTTCA & L&DTTA 10 & 25 mile championships whilst riding for Chester RC. As well as winning several individual time trials.
In 2005 he gained his Elite racing licence (gaining 300 points by May) and maintained his Elite status for the next 3 years, whilst being consistently ranked in the top 30 riders in the BC rankings. During this time he achieved several high placings in road races, including a win. Major achievements include coming 2nd overall in the tour of the borders, 3rd in the elite Divisional road race championships and 5th overall in the Mersey 2 day (a premier calendar race at the time). He also won several Hill climb events and finished in the top ten in the National hill climb championships on 4 occasions.
In 2014, after a 6 year break from road racing, Ste decided to make another comeback and managed to win two races and finished second in the Div Champs (3/4 race).