Photo’s courtesy of David Mc Veigh (BP Media Team) or otherwise indicated
Indoor Cyclo-Cross was never heard of in Ireland and probably in more countries around the world, but that’s all over now folks..It has arrived with a vengeance at our shores!! Another first-ever for the Belfast Kinning Cycles Team after last years UCI CX in Mallusk.
The venue himself just perfect, lots of zigs and zags in the course, some straight lines for passing, technically demanding and fast…very fast flowing on a dirt track surface…https://www.facebook.com/ETraxNI
Promoter Glenn Kinning is known for his entrepreneur’s skills, this time he maybe took a risk and pulled it off in style…He even didn’t charge an entry fee for the underage races which attracted over 30 boys and girls, even some young ones from Dublin travelled to Moira. At least he had about 45 seniors to make up the paying numbers. Still maybe not enough to break even after hiring the venue, but a big step already to make this a success in the future as this could also attract other promoting clubs…even a league could be an interesting way of such way of racing…time will tell but at least someone tried it out. A plus point is an already set up course…only a few volunteers needed, complete oversight of the race and chipping system to aid the time team. Well, I became a big fan and I speak for a lot of us…we maybe don’t have a velodrome yet, but the fastest growing sport which Cyclo-cross is in Ireland has already his indoor!!
The Elite Ladies, men and junior had their races last…2 heats to decide the minor final and the grand final. Ladies separate classification with 2 heats. Very few little crashes, no one hurt either except some minor damaged gear and some punctures, the promoter Glenn was a victim of such puncture in the first heat, and only could appear in the minor final which he won to the delight of the crowd.
Let’s hope this could become a regular event and find solid support to make it viable …we certainly will promote such races…it is a welcomed alternative to the parks and fields and could fill the gaps in the CX calendar.