Strong westerly winds at the home straight didn’t stop the fun…pity the entries where on the low side, but the ones who entered did themselves proud. About a hundred entered, divided into 9 races which included youth races, hand cycling TT and senior races to entertain us yesterday at the fastest circuit in Ireland (Kirkistown Race Circuit on the Ards Peninsula) All entry money went in full to the NI Air Ambulance Association due to the generous support of local cycling relating businesses, local shops, a solicitors firm and all officials who waved their fee’s! The owners of the circuit also returned the cost of the hire of the circuit which was a great gesture and this makes a big difference to the funds in the end! Thank you Apollo CC and his volunteers spearheaded by Martin Rogers, Alistair MacSorley, Andy Layhe and many others, the sponsors of the event. Kirkistown Circuit, Commissaires and St John Ambulances and a great thank you to all riders and supporters. Love such races as they are spectator friendly, very safe and the perfect facilities to go by

Juniors controlled and dominated the A3 race…Paul Antoine Hagan (Banbridge CC) done the double at the weekend with his sprinting qualities…he had to push hard to keep Chris Donald (Madigan Team) and Ciaran Dixon (Type 1 Diabetic Team GB) behind him yesterday and in the same fashion as the day before in the West Down Wheelers GP!

In the morning session, we had a full schedule of youth racing, the kids had an introduction to strong headwinds and very helpful tailwinds at the back of the circuit which seems they don’t mind as long they can race! the Under 6 fun race started off the proceedings on a smaller course and always a favourite for the spectators.

Dads giving last minute instruction to the their kids

We had our usual Under 8-10-12-14 years racing while the Under 16 race was integrated into the Senior A4 race due to low nrs and they showed the senior racers that they are definitely can compete with their elders!

East Tyrone’s Neil Kelso (U16) got a 3rd in the A4 race after been on the attack for most of the race, with youth gearing restrictions and his age a mighty result!

The afternoon belonged to the grownups and we saw some great performances, the domination of the juniors in the A3 and a very exciting A1-A2 race sprint finish. The Hand cyclist rounded off the day with a TT while the sun made an appearance to round off the day in great fashion …Here below some photos of our main BP media photographer David McVeigh or otherwise stated, and they are just magic…you can see more of his splendid work on this link https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebelgianproject/albums/72157708770424162

Great to meet up again with Darrell Erwin (Ballymena RC)
The winner of the TT was Jim Corbett from Banbridge
The A4 winner Conor Fitzgerald (VC Glendale) bags his second win in the month of May and should progress now to A3 status
My admiration to young Ciaran Dixon (Type 1 Diabetic Team) He got already a win this year in the A3 cat, plenty of podiums and race’s in the continent with his team at many occasions this year …
Andrea Hamilton (Dromara CC) one of the only 2 entered ladies yesterday, the organisers had 6 prizes waiting for you and a disappointing turn out only could award 2 of you!
Ladies winner Karen Hull (Phoenix CC)
The Time team
Victory Chimp expo display and co sponsor of the event
Brother in Arms…great picture of the VC Glendale bro’s
Raising money in different ways…here the link for donations …please support this live-saving cause
https://www.gofundme.com/ni-air-ambulance-cycling-festival
Co-Sponsor JMK Solicitors Belfast
http://www.jmksolicitors.com
Co-sponsor Donard Bikes Newtownards
http://www.donard.cc
Co-sponsor Scribe Cycling ( Customized racing wheels)
www.scribecycling.com
Co-sponsor Orbea Cycles
http://www.orbea.com/ie-en/
The winning break
Main sponsor of the day and part of the organising team (Apollo CC)
https://galibier.cc
The promoters Apollo CC and friends
MBE Dr Fred Macsorley (Apollo CC) explains the media team about the NI Air Ambulance live-saving work
The interview will be online in the next few days (You Tube)
Photo courtesy of https://fotozone.smugmug.com/Cycling/Road/Kirkistown/i-FBWP9TH
Father and son Macsorley
Fred’s son Alistair is wheelchair bound due to a cycling accident and one of the people behind the fundraiser.
Dr Fred proudly showing his BP appreciation medal (given to people who have made an impression towards the cycling fraternity with their voluntary work) He is also a holder of an MBE for his work as para-medic in motorbike road racing in Britain!
Full results will be added here when received …