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
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.
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!
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