Graduates who be send to Belgium

It was not an easy decision to make as we had a pool of 26 riders entered for this year’s selection. As after 10 years sending lads down, I begin to know what is required to hold your own in Belgian races, this selection has the talent to do well if not better. Results, level A2 for juniors and A1 for U/23’s eligibility, determination and character had a big influence in the way I choose this years graduates (this with independent advice seeked to help make this decision). In addition we have 7 travel bursaries and one full timer abroad bursary added ! This to support young talent with their travel expenses in a small way. Unfortunate some lads have been left out, this doesn’t mean it is over, you can reapply again end year, wish I could all help you if budget would allow.
 Cian May-Lucan RC (Leinster) 2nd year junior . Consistent results and stage rider with a good sprint. Cian will stay in Moorslede with Martine Verfaillie ( renowned cycling photographer) after completing the Junior Tour in July.
Cathir Doyle-Powerhouse 1st year junior. Cathir has become the revelation of 2018 with the juniors following up his under age whirlwind of wins. He also will stay with Martine and a big future ahead.
Conor Mc Cann-Inspired 2nd year U/23. Top results and consistent, never afraid of hard work. He will be joining the Molenspurters Meulenbeke again this year, a schooling team that compete at the highest amateur level including interclubs and stage racing. Conor will be staying in Moorslede to with the long time guest parents of the project Sabien Himpe and .Rik Masil
John Buller-Banbridge 1st year U/23. Belgian Racing will suit him perfect, coming from a club as Banbridge CC who produce world level talents, John certainly will add to this in time to come, with a good sprint and top results in many disciplines of the sport. He has been the danger man this year and moved to A1 within weeks of the start of the season. He will be looked after by Hein Derynck ( who looked after our graduates since 2015) and based in Tielt (West Flanders)We wish them all a safe, educational and successful summer in the hot bed of Cycling.                                             Bursary holders 2018 1.Niamh Mc Kivergan (Powerhouse Sport) First year junior off road ..revelation of the Cycling Ulster CX and MTB season ..compete with ease at Elite woman section and plenty of wins to show ..this was an easy decision to make and much more to come from Niamh.2.Lara Gillespie ( Scott-Orwell Wheelers Dublin) First year Junior off road, current Irish multiple Champ and top in any sport she competes in. Has world champs CX done in Valkenburg this year 3.Cian Keogh (Sportsroom Ballina) U/23 road (A1) ..consistent good results and approachable lad..a bursary a minimum for now and First reserve graduate Espoir

4.Declan Maloney (Sportsroom Ballina) Junior road (A2) Watch this young up coming talent from Ballina. A team worker and as his team mate Cian above the same qualities. First junior graduate reserve and bursary for now. (Photo John Coleman)                                   5.Michael Mc Glynn-Omagh 2nd year junior(A2) Determination to do well and a late surge of top results after injury plagued early season is rewarded with a bursary. 6.Lee Harvey (Kinning Cycles) First year junior CX-MTB and podiums here and in Britain, done some UCI world cup CX events and prospect for the next few years to come.7. Thomas Creighton (Mc Convey Cycles) Irish Junior CX champ 2018 with top level experience, does also the British MTB and World Championship CX experience. 8. Support when abroad full time: Marc Heaney (Asfra -Flanders Belgium) Compete at the highest U/23 level such as the Nation Cup, some pro kermesses and an international win already this year with a stage win of the UCI 2.2 ranked Tour of Albania. Marc is the bill board of the project in Belgium and ex graduate 2015 as a first year junior.(Photo of Martine his ex guest mum)

A big thank you to the contributors of the graduate & bursary funds trough partly advertising money (40%) and donations or contributions(100%)