David’s racing life abroad had his ups and downs, he certainly had some setbacks over the years, but each time he fights back and I am certain this time he will do the same. Racing life abroad away from your family and friends back home is not an easy way of life, doing a lot with “without”and hard work, knockbacks included. Thankfully this Irish warrior has a Belgian adopted family who soften the blow of hardship with Martine Verfaillie, his adopted mum during the winter season and the many volunteers around him to make him feel home. The Irish Champion returns to Ireland for the Nationals in Sligo and will be the man to beat (Photo’s courtesy of Martin Verfaillie or otherwise indicated, with thanks)

David reported on social media “Race was over before it had really begun after being taken out by another rider during the first lap. Was really looking forward to this race, always a personal favourite of the season and the new course made for a brutally hard lap that I felt good on. Thankfully no serious damage and we will line up again on Thursday for the World Cup Zolder”

The magic view from the Citadel in Namur (near the Belgian Ardennes) (photo archives Citadel De Namur)

Here some selected photo’s Martine took last Sunday in Namur with links to her photo pages of each race

The Elite women’s race
The Under 23 race
Undoubtedly the strongest crosser in the world Mathieu Van Der Poel in action
All elite photo’s: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.749258372247628
It means so much to both of them (Photo from the Cork Nationals this January by the BP media)