When seeing such result it makes me so happy inside ! I known Marc since he was 12 years old, and introduced by his dad Tommy at a CX event 6 years ago..Marc was a bit of a  chubby lad then (shows you what reformation is possible with participating in sport and be healthy at the same time) but I saw something that made me getting an interest in him..the determination in his face to do better and better he did ! First as a member of my composite team in the Ras Donegal in 2015, followed as a graduate of the Belgian Project and a successful summer in Belgium that year. Since then he has been a poulain for the project and in a small way supported by us. His first year as a U/23 was a learning curve while living full time in Belgium with his adopted mum Martine Verfaillie who has been looking after him since 2015. Marc decided to raise funds to get another year in Belgium with his Asfra-Flanders-PXI team and now living in the team house with other English spoken team mates, and after already some good results in some pro races and interclubs this year he became good. In the Tour of Ulster he also had a second place in the last stage, and the writing was on the wall!! Due to not being in the selection for the National Irish team in the Ras, and self confessed maybe not ready for Ras,  he was free to join his team to compete in the UCI 2.2 Tour Of Albania with a mix of continental pro teams involved. His first 2 days he was feeling sick and didn’t feature at the front, but in stage 3 he took already a KOH and the form was returning. Yesterday he had a day to forget in stage 4 but then his determination (that I mentioned above) came through in the last stage today with a victory to say Sir to. So happy for this young man from Swatragh-Maghera, his parents and sisters and his old club Carn Wheelers..good wine comes with age so to speak. Well done Marc and team Asfra-Flanders-PXI from Oudenaerde..may it long continue and 5 UCI points in the bargain will definitely not hurt either..chapeau jongen   1. HEANEY Marc Asfra-Flanders-PXI the 159.9kms in 4hours. 4min.09sec. 2. KAMBERAJ Giuliano , 3 STACCHIOTTI RiccardoMsTina-Focus,MARINI NicolasMsTina-Focus , 5 TOTÒ PaoloSangemini – MG.Kvis , 6 ZURLO FedericoMsTina-Focus NIKA IltjanAmore & Vita – Prodir , 8 BANICEK DeniMeridiana Kamen Team

All in the same time
Ras Donegal 2015 (6th in GC) with our composite junior team