The Canal Crit as part of the CU youth league. A report of the senior races tomorrow morning…

Some of the youth I saw racing today are tomorrow’s candidates for a place in the Belgian Project selection…honoured to be asked to do the “Master of Ceremonies” and thanking the club for their donation towards the project…the club will become a sponsor in kind on the website as a courtesy… thank you & Go raibh maith agat

The day started early for me today as a 200-mile return journey ahead for me, no sweat as every race day is a good day. Strabane is a border town with Donegal and close to Derry and Letterkenny and for the 4th time promoting their Canal Criterium, also for the second time a youth cycling festival was held (Part of the CU Youth league) I was there last year and a storm was looming with awful rain and wind, and It didn’t look good today either on the way up, but the rain stayed away with spells of sunshine during the race (Frank Mitchell eat your heart out

Warm up and still wet, but the rain stopped and it dried up quickly to get the kids safe on their way

The underage racing had 5 races, from as young as below 8 and finishing with the U16 boys and girls…due to my commentary job not many photos were taken but guest photographer Raymond Mc Carron was on hand for some photos. These races have been supported by a good nr of riders from as far as Belfast, Newcastle, Dromore and Newtownards to name a few towns, including a good attendance of the neighbouring Donegal clubs and not forgetting the local girls and boys.

The U/12’s
The U/14 race

Here some youth podium photos below from Raymond Mc Carron who kindly helped me out today, when used on social media please credit Raymond

U/8 girls 
1st Aoife Campbell Square Wheels CC 
2nd Sarah Craig SLCC
3rd Emma Craig SLCC 
U/8 boys
1st Darragh Young Apollo 
2nd Rory McCool Square Wheels CC 
3rd Jack Hanthorn Orchard CC
A mistake was made and the real 3rd rider was called up, and the young Ards Rider was allowed to keep his medal as it would have been cruel to take it off this young lad.
The U/10 girl podium (provisional as photo indicate differently)
1st Brenna Elliott Dunloy CC 
2nd Poppy Hamilton Shimna CC
3rd Maeve McCool Square Wheels CC
The Under 10 boys podium
1st Jamie Rockett Ards CC 
2nd Josh McClane Madigan CC
3rd Eoghan McHugh Four Masters
The Under 12 girl winner
1st Ava McCrea SLCC 
The U/12 boys podium
1st Karl Rockett Ards CC 
2nd Thomas McAkinden Apollo CC
3rd Ashton Moore SLCC
The Under 14 girls podium
1st Lucy Brown Phoenix CC
2nd Zoe Lindsay Dromore CC 
3rd Amy Lundy Foyle CC 
The Under 14 podium boys
1st Curtis Neill Carn Wheelers 
2nd Travis Harkness Carn Wheelers 
3rd Elisah McGinley Errigal CC
The Under 16 girls winner
1st Maria McAllister Island Wheelers 
The U/16 boys podium
1st Odhran Doogan Powerhouse Sport 
2nd Neil Kelso East Tyrone CC 
3rd Ciaran McGettigan Errigal CC
The local charity ” Assistance Dogs for the Blind “was handed a cheque today from Strabane-Lifford CC ..magic
A big thank you to Raymond Mc Carron for the podium photos…very much appreciated

Provisional results above of each race, full results on a later date as it was part of the CU Youth League and need to be sorted first. It was a great morning and with a unique gesture, all kids had a free mail at the local chip van after the race… this felt like home at the crit’s except in Belgium it is not free… it is in Northern Ireland!!!! Medals for the podium too…not bad he’ Well done Strabane-Lifford CC … I’ll be back as Arnold said