All photographs courtesy of David Mc Veigh (Belgian Project Media Team) Full results now included courtesy of Phoenix CC with thanks
The day started confused to me, everything organised, all my gear ready to go in the car..a short journey ahead for me from Newtownards to Hannahstown (overlooking Belfast City) who became a longer journey then expected as stopping at the traffic lights in Dundonald made me look at the back seat and to my horror realized I forgot my camera and video camera…a man without his tools is like a racer without his helmet. A turn around to home was needed and my Car Navigation Girl starts telling me to turn around.., every fecking second…I just pushed the off button, and in my mind thinking if it wouldn’t be that easy to quieting my loving wife…as I think more then a button would be needed (Love you Maggie ..lol) A quick return to Ards was needed and made it on time with some 20 minutes to spare…the riders had a roll out to the start near Nutts Corner, this at the place David Mc Call was killed at a club race of promoting club Phoenix CC.. A memorial plaque and ghost bike indicated this spot, we went to say hello to an old friend and paid our respects. The David Mc Call Foundation was erected after his death, this for 10 years, done some fantastic work towards the youth development and proud to have been a yearly recipient with financial support.
The Draynes Bobby Crilly had 2 races on the card, the A1-A2 race-first of and next the A3 & Juniors on a new circuit due to roadworks on the usual one…a little bit shorter in distance but still 90 km with a top hill finish at the Divis Mountain ( 600 metres above sea level I have been told) The A3 race had some breaks but came to nothing and things had to be sorted on the approx 3km climb. Gareth Kirkwood ( Team Madigan) was the victor..results here later
Next to finish the main race with a very respectable entry and names we very familiar with…and first appearing out of the mist at the top was the reminder of the deciding break of 14, Mark Dowling (U/A Leinster) won the unusual sprint for the line beating the man of the moment and many moments before Darnell Moore (Caldwell Cycles) into second and James Curry (Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo) in a respectable 3th. Next was Lindsay Watson (Powerhouse sport) in 4th, and Donal Shearer (in my eyes the revelation of the year, just the winning touch missing) after attacking with 1km to go and ended up a good 5th and honoured the promoting club Phoenix CC with a good result, the same did Jody Wright with his 6th place…Full results will be added as we received here
The Flickr page will be updated in the next few days…here already a start (just click on photo)
And to finish this report some great shots of the Media team top photographer David Mc Veigh…photos will be added in the next few days and free to download on https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebelgianproject/albums/72157708987795527 Just mention us and bob is your uncle…A great job is done Phoenix CC and proud you are a loyal supporter of what we do…tomorrow early start as the Canal Criterium in Strabane is calling, now gonna watch the Norn Ireland game and falling asleep could be on the cards no disrespect to the team, just tired..night all
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