The final day of the Dublin International track GP 2018 was a cracker in many way’s..blazing sun with now and then a wee breeze, some clouds to relieve us from the heat and of course world class track racing..Woman’s and men’s Omnium with between the sprints events..a paradise for photographers (you miss a shot..you got another chance next lap so to speak) Do not understand the low numbers of spectators as this was a UCI class 2 event with world class track filled with high ranking stars of the track discipline, perfect weather in a famous capital called Dublin City..but the core supporters and families who came along did witness record braking times, immense battles between the participating country’s and riders, very few accidents so the cycling gods for once on the cyclists side!All results will be added on a later day but some notable performances been fresh in my mind in the sprints with Robyn Stewart who broke the Eamonn Ceannt stadium course record for ladies, Eoin Mullen’s turn of speed, Megan Barker (Team GB) following her sister Elinor success last year with a commanding win in the ladies omnium, Belgian CT Robbie Ghys victorious in the men section of the omnium with most promising performances of Xeno Young (Powerhouse Sport) star of the point race with instigating the winning break and lapping the field in fashion, and new star Harvey Barnes knocking on the podium door with a vengeance !! Not forgetting the Malaysian Sime Darby Foundation Team who are serious contenders at Class 1 UCI events and showed why they can be called serious ( In the Belgian Project meets… interview series we will publicize the chat we had with one of their male members Mohamed Findi in the next few days about their racing)We off course had many more countries competing, and the best of Ireland thrown in the star studded bucket to make this a weekend to remember. Well done to the Irish Track Commission, Cycling Ireland, The Dublin Counsel, The Sundrive Track Team who have their home in the park near Crumlin, the many Irish track commissaires with help from the UCI appointed comm’s whom in charge of the proceedings, and the competitors who served us with racing you only see on TV at times. It was a perfect opportunity for the Belgian project media team to spread the news, promoting the website and the goals we try to reach. A big thank you to David Mc Veigh for sponsoring the Hotel accommodation, Caroline Kerley for her input of fun in what we do (Caroline had the late shift at her work in the Airport and still finding some time for us with her unique way of photography) our sponsors for making such trips possible, and our wife’s for letting us loose during weekends. We made many new friends and reunions of old ones..Here some more photos I took and the usual event album which David looks after on https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebelgianproject/albums/72157698800896245/Just return to the album as photos will be added at regular intervals during the week .. I wouldn’t argue with the Italian version of the hulk…as he can turn blue.. Proud to be a Belgian..the national teams of track cycling and the soccer flying high in July!!!
December 5, 2018
Ex Double European CX Champion Helen Wyman (GB) announces her retirement after 15 years competing at the top level!
February 18, 2019