Martine and 2 off her adopted sons Marc Heaney and Jake Gray in 2016
Photo courtesy of Jan Huysentruyt (Bel
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Seems like I will not be “The only Belgian in the village” at the CX Champs in Cork!! Good friend and guest mother for many Irish Cyclists Martine Verfaillie will accompany David Conroy travelling from Belgium to the nationals as supporter for the second year in a row. Last years visit in the Wicklow CX Champs was her first visit to Ireland and she told me she was impressed about the level and the courses here. She also collected an award given to her by Cycling Ulster for her goodness of heart to look after our youth riders as a guest mother of the Belgian Project, and for many other riders who had the privilege of her care in Moorslede West Flanders. Richard Conroy and his son David have arranged the trip for her and will look after her while in Ireland.

Second year for David staying with Martine to prepare for the Nationals and the World Champs with competing at the highest level in the UCI CX world

Martine is one of the most well known cycling photographers in the Belgian Cycling fraternity and appears in hundreds of events each year to support her guest and taking magic pictures which she is very popular with. There is not a pro rider or amateur in Belgium who doesn’t know her and respect her work in cycling. Be noted that she holds a full time job and starts 5am to being able to have the afternoons off, looks all year around after the guest riders with washing, cooking and feeding, being a second mum, bring them to the races and editing photos till well after midnight each day..now that is DEDICATION. I personally can not wait to meet up again with her as we have a lot to talk about and discuss next years guest riders and to watch her poulain David try to overturn last years result which saw a great battle between David and Darnell Moore (Current Champ) I try to be neutral but would be pleased if David could do it for her..but I bet Darnell and a few more will have something to say about this ..lol.. You are so welcome in Ireland Martine..because of you lots of our lads can “Live the Dream” It becomes a trend for my guest parents to visit Irelands big cycling events, as my other guest parents Sabien Himpe & Rik Masil also living in Moorslede visit for many years now the Road Champs to see how their lads are doing. This people are priceless and should be praised..

Photo courtesy of Eddy Verhulst
Martine here with the Pantani of Belgium Mario Depoortere

Here a sample of her work at the UCI CX events in Belgium ..and looking forward to her photos of the champs next month https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.515233312316803

Interview with Martine last year on the Eve off the champs in Wicklow ..in English and you probably need subtitles ..lol >> https://youtu.be/21lUWkNdKeI