Some good news for a change.. a new development fund has been established to help the Irish CX team with their travel expenses and strengthen their resources. Due to CX being a non Olympic sport it becomes very hard to find funding. Last years participation of 7 Irish riders in the World CX Champs in the Netherlands swallowed the €2500 funds been given by the CI federation to each of the off-road disciplines which includes CX. An amount of money that is not enough to cover all costs, and the riders had to dig in their own pockets (or in most cases their parents pockets) to participate in the team after being selected. The amount of money available in 2019 is the same (even the off road is one of the fastest growing sport in Ireland and should get more support) Supporters such as Marcus Cromie, Kevin Devlin, coaches like Andy Layhe, CX pro’s such as Jeremy Powers GB, Helen Wyman and Katie Crompton USA with jersey’s and other items, have taken the bull by the horns and help in different ways to established a development fund who will add to the original fund and raise money to make sure that the selection can be fully supported while abroad. With the next World championship in Denmark in January 2019 the funds will be very welcomed and hopefully raise enough money for further world and European top events. This year Ireland couldn’t send a team to the European Champs due to lack of funds and a wrong message to our young talented riders..but Action is on his way…here the story taken from the “cyclo cross coaching” page and the raffle explained ..   https://www.facebook.com/CycloCrossTips/      The Irish Cyclocross Development fund exists to raise capital and funding to provide support and resources for cyclocross riders in Ireland, both North and South.

The ICD fund has been established by Irish cyclocross fans and riders to raise much needed funds for overseas events including the 2019 World Championships in Denmark. Funding will go towards travel and race expenses for races outside Ireland and provide young racers with experiences to broaden their development. The Cycling Development Fund exists to raise capital and funding, providing support and resources for growing the base of cyclocross – particularly the development of the junior and youth fields. Prize Draw: To launch the fund, we have a fantastic prize draw with some great cyclocross related prizes, including signed skin suits, official race kits and much more. Prizes will be added to the draw as the days and weeks progress. Prizes include:

Jeremy Powers signed Rapha skin suit 

Helen Wyman signed Race Jersey

Helen Wyman signed race numbers

Katie Compton signed USA Champions skin suit

Katie Compton World Cup signed race numbers

Katie Compton Signed Race cards

Belgium National Champion Bioracer Skin Suit              

Belgium National Team ‘Telenet Fidea’ World Championship Bioracer Skinsuit

Belgium National Team World Championship Bioracer Skinsuit

UCI World Cup Cyclocross Leaders Santini Skinsuit 

Tickets for the draw are priced at £5 each or purchase 3 tickets for £10.

100% of funds received from ticket sales goes to the fund. Click on the donate button below.

Prizes will be drawn on Saturday 23rd December 2018.

PARTNERS & CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS

Existing partners benefit from brand exposure, social media recognition, website links and promotion along with rider recognition. If you would like to contribute prizes to the prize draw or require additional information, then please contact us at irishcxdevelopment@outlook.com (Marcus Cromie & Kevin Devlin)Feature photo courtesy of our Belgian Project guest mother Martine Verfaillie who does her bit with looking after David Conroy (Scott-Eurocycles Dublin) for the winter months and Thomas Creighton (Mc Convey Cycles Belfast) in December which will help this 2 lads to improve and prepare for the 2019 World Champs ..with sincere thanks Martine (all other photos from the funds page) At the Belgian Project we try to do our bit, we have given some small bursaries to some of the CX riders selected by us in 2018 and this will continue in 2019 with funding from our advertisers and sponsors of the project and hopefully another positive step in the right direction. So well done Irish Cyclo Cross Development Fund and we happy to promote such efforts.