Round 5 of the Ulster Cyclo Cross league at Musgrave Park promoted by VC Glendale had the success it deserved yesterday in Belfast (NI) The park situated at the outskirts of the Northern Ireland Capital had a mostly flat nature with some elevations and steps to make it a bit harder for the over 300 competitors and 7 races on the menu. The event had a very Belgian feel to it as the Belgian flags and banners proved. Trow in the jersey colours of the home club Velo Club Glendale, the cycling village with a massive blow up doll of event sponsor Bio-Racer, the banners of Trust Ford (Mallusk NI) as one of the other event sponsors, Coffee bar provided by Works Coffee, free protein drinks by Dale Farm, a BBQ with proceeds going to a very needy cause (Solving Kids Cancer) in aid of “wee Ellen” who needs urgent groundbreaking treatment in the USA as not available here in Ireland (Over £7500 was raised already before the event by the promoting club Glendale) and a good crowd made this a day to remember and proved that our cyclo crosses are growing in status with a very pro looking set up. The morning was dedicated to our young CX stars with 4 youth races on offer, each kid receiving a goodie bag after the race containing Belgian mini flags, wrist bands , tattoo stickers etc. In the under 6 “FUN” race we even had a 2 year old boy called Danny, son of the project main sponsor Victory Chimp’s Ryan O’Reilly, and this races very popular with the crowd who came in their hundreds to support their kids ! (full results can be find on http://www.ulstercyclocross.com/Results/Ulster_Cyclo_cross_2018_Round_5_Musgrave_Results.htm ) We swiftly moved to the main races in the afternoon with a combined race for U/14’s & U/16’s and Elite Women race, supported by the MTB women’s race who had a Belgian lady included in their line up. It was the first time I met Inge Dhaese whom is a Triathlon Athlete with Tuna Triathlon and yesterday was her first ever MTB race that she also won. Inge is original from Aalst (East Flanders) and lives already 20 years in Katesbridge County Down ..so I was not the only “Belgian” in the village !! The under 14 boys race was won by Shane Scullion from Island Wheelers and joined his older team mate Darren Rafferty (U16) on the winners list of the day. In the U14 girls section the supremacy of local girl Aine Doherty (Vc Glendale) was evident to the point that she caught some U16 girls and elite woman in her stride..one to watch in the future. The Under 16 victory girl was Maia Simmons from the Bike House in Bangor. The ladies race took shape from the first lap as Ciara MacManus (Summit Mountain Biking) went on attack and from the gun and never seen back by the other girls ! Asia Bula (Scott-Eurocycles Dublin) was second and strengthen her leading position in the Ulster League table. Her rival Rachel Irvine (The Bike House) came in soon after in 3th place and also strengthen her position in that league. Next the Men elite & Juniors A race with an amazing and dominant performance of Thomas Creighton (Mc Convey Cycling Team Belfast) The ex Irish Junior Champ and Belgian Project bursary holder is in his first year as a espoir and showed already that he means business. His team mate Graham Boyd and winner last week of the Armagh CX second this time and Lewis Ferguson from the Bike House team a very respectable 3th. Best placed junior was Lee Harvey (U/A & BP bursary holder) in 7th place. Veteran (M50) Des Woods (Newry Wheelers) and current Irish Champ in that veteran class managed a 5th overall and won the M50 prize. Des is currently preparing for the Word Champs CX and told me he was happy with his performances so far. Brazilian born Christian Nachtigall (Phoenix CC) was 4th overall and took the M40 prize. The Team prize went to The Mc Convey boys with a 1-2 and Junior Ciaran Dixon completing the team effort in 8th overall. The last race was the B men class event and his MTB support race. This was the most popular race of the day with a big win of local lad Sean McCourt (Vc Glendale) who beats the emerging Marek Plucinizak from Portadown CC in to second and Phoenix CC’s Martin Harney in 3th. This was also the biggest field of the day with over 80 riders on the starting line. The MTB was won by Calvin Moore (Caldwell cycles) in a race that his dad also entered..very sporty family the Moore’s from Tyrone. I had a pleasant day behind the mike for the day and hopefully added some spirit to the West Belgian CX called in some corners. Thank you VC Glendale for the donation toward our cause and giving me a taste of home..the dedication of your volunteers second to none..and a special mention to the catering ladies seen in the photo below, the soup and snacks very welcomed after such day of our beloved sport. Sorry for the lateness of the report but to tired last night ..my age becomes to show..lol. Feature photo+ 2 winners photo’s courtesy of Fotozone and pictures in report of the BP media team..more photo’s on https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155992285198691&type=3&
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