Photos David mc Veigh (BP Media) & Results at bottom of report, courtesy of Martin Grimley and time team

In this strange times of the pandemic it takes guts for any organiser of cycling events to put on a race, some many extra rules and safety matters need to adhere, there have to be sufficiently times between races to prevent the gathering of competitors, and to make sure that everyone involved is safe. After the Brian Kinning GP, we knew it is possible to do so by reducing the number of races and discouraging spectators to attend. Square Wheels yesterday managed this very well with its annual Cathedral CX on the grounds of the Palace Stables in the center of Armagh. It was a joined effort by the off-road commission of CU and the local club to make this happening, Rain, wind, and mud…3 ingredients to make it a proper Cyclo-Cross, some parents didn’t recognise their children anymore due to the mud in some cases, some riders needed to be hosed down just like their bikes in the pit after the race!!

So well done to the Square Wheels CC volunteers and committee to put this event on, it was the first leg of the Ulster league and this magnificent course will be used again for the National 2021 Irish CX champs in January all going well. My apologies again for not be able to help out with the commentary as I was 400km away in Limerick for the Road Champs, but at least my right-hand man David Mc Veigh was there for some photographs to make up for it!

Different times
My youngest club mate Jake from Ards CC thinks it is brilliant…look at his wee face…