Belgium has become a haven for many Irish this season, some of them being graduates of our beloved project, some on their own steam but together they have made a big impact to the races overthere. Irish Champ Adam Ward (Powerhouse) already bagged a 3th win and have not been out of the top 3 since start of his spell in the Flanders. Breandan Flannagan(Powerhouse) his house mate won also already and another podium, both involved in the 1-2’s last week. My graduates Cathir Doyle (Powerhouse) and Cian May (Lucan RC) bagged already a few top 5’s and 10’s and have done already 2 Classic Interclubs for international juniors ..the first one the renowed Johan Musseeuw Classic for Juniors (they both retired) and the day after ” La Route des Geants (UCI 1.1) and both finish in the first half of the survivers ..the 134 kms route from St-Omer in France to Ypres in Belgium with a few climbs in the finale. Our U/23 graduates been involved in the Ronde van Vlaams Brabant 5 day stage race ( UCI 2.12 IC2 Interclub for Elite zc/U23’s) and abandoned the race midway do to heath and sickness. Conor McCann and John Buller (Molenspurters Meulenbeke) will be racing this week again as both now recovered. Our bursary holder Marc Heaney is slowly getting back to health after suffering low iron and sugar levels in his blood and tireness in limbs, already back in the results a few times. The man in form must be Jake Gray, since leaving France for Belgium and be looked after by the Belgian Project guest mum Martine Verfaillie for the summer had to work hard to get back to his old self, the Touchy VC rider narrowly beaten to second place in Sinaai ( East Flanders) with Marc Heaney 15th, and yesterday in Ledegem (West Flanders) 5th in this UCI 1.12B kermesse. Photo link of Martine Verfaillie onĀ https://www.facebook.com/Martine-verfaillie-253522081821262/Needless to say that Irish Racing has come on big time, and proves that racing abroad is very benificial to the development of a rider. They can measure themselves with some of the best riders in Europe and learn the skills needed to go further in the sport..they surely are NOTED back in the homeland and in some cased feared..now it that not positive news .. Guest parents Sabien Himpe & Rik Masil with fans of Adam Ward ( Noel Depoorter and Paulette Soen on the left) and Conor Mc Cann celebrating the win of Adam Ward