The Maiden City or Stroke City in some quarters been called L/Derry in others just plain Derry ( I called it just a beautiful city) was bathed in Sunshine yesterday at the Foyle CC St-Columb’s Park CX at the banks of the river Foyle. A 2 hours drive was soon forgotten and not regretted..From arrival till end this event excelled to a fine example of how a CX should be run. Due to double booking the place of sign on was changed to the Foyle CC gazebo at the main start and finish area bang in the middle of the park at the old football pitch, this proved to be a handy number for overseeing the proceedings and our media gazebo bang next to the sign on and catering tent just perfect. My job was providing the MC job and bang out some tunes to add some atmosphere to the event and thoroughly enjoyed the sunny day in a sort of pleasant cold way. Over 200 entries divided in 8  races with even a “Haloween Wain Race” to start of the day to please the kids and their parents and adding some theme to the event. We had our usual under age racing that always is very popular for the supporters and parents of the kids to start of the day. Around midday the main races took place with the women’s and U/14 and U/16’s girls and boys started with the fastest group of U/16 lads first and soon followed by each cat including the Ladies in second row. The last row was the Women’s MTB support race and dominated by the home club with Elisabeth Quigley taking first and Karen Wynne in second.  The U/14’s girls who started of  before the MTB support section had one of the most notable moment off the day was seeing a young lass called Aine Doherty (VC Glendale Imp) making her way up the front and start mixing with the elite women who have started minutes earlier..She easy won her race and if she would have given the chance of continuing metaphorically, Aine probably would have reached a top 3 position in that race..she is only 13 and a girl who could figure in the future big time. Birthday Girl Asia Bula (Scott-Eurocycles Dublin) strengthen her leading position in the Ulster League with her second win in 6 races but this time Rachel Irvine asked some questions and made sure Asia didn’t have it to easy, the upcoming junior Darcy Harkness a very deserved 3th. Next the A Race for men elite and juniors with Glenn Kinning showing there is still some tiger left in the tank..crashed on first lap and passed by Thomas Creighton (Mc Convey Cycles and BP bursary holder) who kept the lead for a few laps till Glenn got momentum again and took over the lead keeping it till the end ..Thomas was a close second and Lewis Ferguson from the Bike House stable Bangor a very deserved 3th. First junior was Lee Harvey (U/A) and Newry Wheelers taking the Team Prize ( Well if you have Des Woods, Barry Convery, Gary Shields and Alan Bingham in your ranks no wonder !!) Kyle Fisher (Lakeland Enniskillen) first unplaced espoir and Des Wood taking the M50 prize and team mate Alan Bingham the M40 enveloppe. Full results courtesy of Martin and Lisa and Dutch Jim (lol) commissair’s  & Timekeepers on the day and each day for that fact and very much appreciated by all of us !

To finish the proceedings we had the usual B-Men elite race and the MTB support race and the first two get to race in the Elite A Race as one of the prizes..So next Sunday in Newcastle (Shimna Cross) we will see Matthew Sinton (Portadown CC) winner and second placed Mark Johnston ( VC Iveagh) in the A-race. Last result of the day was the MTB support race with Andrew Gordon (Ballymoney CC) having the better of John O’Neill from the Cavehill Mountainbikers and completing the podium was Niall Skelly from Carn Wheelers.  Needless to say a very big thank you to Foyle CC and his volunteers, providing is with a class course, watered and fed by the tea ladies all day long and this for probably 300+ people and the welcome to all received, some travelling from as far as Mullingar and Drogheda. Also appreciate the donation received by the club and this keep the petrol costs covered for another few weeks and an enormous help to our small budget. The club is organising next year the National Champs and we certainly will be back for that one if not earlier!! Merci and Chapeau Ronan, family and members of the border club Foyle CC near the Donegal Mountains. Photos of the BP media on link  and feature photos of Foto Zone our guest photographer on the day. His photos very much compliment the standard of the race we had yesterday (B&W photo of Church Spire BP media)