“The youth this days” you hear a lot in a negative sentence, they just want to play their computer games, lay in bed till the afternoon and up to no good when they out in the streets and yes in some cases they maybe are, but I am seeing each weekend the opposite of that sentence! Last weekend the CU Youth Academy organised for the second time a “Festival of Youth Cycling” in the old grounds of the Maze Prison now a cultural event ground called the Eikon Arena, and at least something good came out of this place.
Over a hundred youngsters from all corners of Ireland came together with their parents in tow to enjoy a full day of youth racing which included a TT, a Criterium and an Elimination race in all categories. For the youth commission of CU a stressful but awarding day with so many smiling faces, fierce competition between the girls and boys as young as under 8 and before and after racing being friends, and congratulate each other. This is what it is all about…having fun, learn some skills and respect each other.
Full results sheets courtesy of Peter Brown: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AhEzEWPcMCHv8GCOy8dyfUUJtDFqMMcS&fbclid=IwAR3LXvClqACoKLfNCZvQ2N5R9V5H9LWtXeXc4mO1q-8SDUpZCt3DPH9rdmE
I was invited to do the MC Job for the day and the Belgian Project media team was present too, this to capture every moment of the day in sunny conditions what even makes it more pleasant. Love such races as you don’t have to worry about traffic, enormous spaces for parking, and a cycling village with gazebo’s and mobile homes to get a continental feeling about it and reminds me of the events home. An eight-hour marathon on the microphone which I loved every minute of it, due to a bit of a Carnaval atmosphere with some rocking tunes to accompanied and a sizable crowd who enjoyed a day of non-stop racing.
We will publicise the full results when received (just return midweek to this site) but here already some of the photos our chief photographer David Mc Veigh took and can be seen here on our Flickr cloud (they are free to download, just mention us when using on social media) All photos (except feature) on this report of David too and I am maybe biased but he knows his onions when it comes to sport photography and does this in a voluntary role to help out promoting our cycling! https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebelgianproject/albums/72157709205858166