Results courtesy of CI, photos Dany BP Media

Discussing settings on their cameras…plenty of photos can be found of Caroline’s and Brendan Slattery’s

Junior women result

The junior girls had an early start (9 am) and a very poor entry (only 6 girls) but that didn’t take away the competitiveness of these girls…3 medals and an Irish Champ Jersey at stake… at the end of the 60km, Erin Creighton had too much power left and won the sprint, her rival in the National series Aoife O’ Brien beating the fast-improving first year junior Shauna Finn to 3rd place… incidentally, Erin and Aoife are travel bursary award winners of the Belgian Project this year…the day started well and there was more to come!!!

1st. Erin Grace Creighton (McConvey Cycles) 59 kilometers in 1 hour 47 mins 9 secs
2nd. Aoife O’Brien (Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar) @s/t
3rd Shauna Finn (Newcastle West Cycling Club) @s/t
4th. Emma Smith (Navan Road Club) @5 mins 29 secs
5th. Ellen Murray (TC Racing) @ 5 mins 41 secs
6th. Aoife Mooney (Navan Road Club) @15mins 07 secs

The spirit of a team is very much present

The Men Juniors

The Juniors race was another success for the project…the 119 km race consisted of one loop of 59km and 4 times the local lap of 15km…in the last lap, 7 riders went for the medals…Oisin Ferrity (Island Wheelers-Belgian Project Graduate 2022) had been upfront all race, as involved in the first break of the day and his sprint is lethal, Niall McLaughlin (Westport Covey Wheelers-Belgian Project bursary holder 2022) a close 2nd with Patrick O’Loughlin (Panduit-Carrick) a superb third, my other bursary holders Darragh Doherty (Vc Glendale Youth Academy) was 4th, and Curtis Neill (Carn Wheelers) a great 7th, being dropped in the last lap after been up the road all day!! Other BP graduates Sam Bolger 9th, and bursary holders Adam Rafferty 13th, and Adam Gilsenan 15th. I am so pleased with such results of my poulains so to speak…they repay me for all my work in one day!!!

1st. Oisin Ferrity (Island Wheelers) 119 kilometers in 2 hours 59 mins 20 seconds
2st. Niall McLaughlin (Westport Covey Wheelers) @s/t
3rd. Patrick O’Loughlin (Panduit Carrick Wheelers) @s/t
4th. Darragh Doherty (VC Glendale) @s/t
5th. Finn McHenry (The Cycling Academy) @s/t
6th. Ruairi Byrne (Pinergy Orwell Wheelers) @ 06 secs
7th. Curtis Neill (Carn Wheelers) @ 44 secs
8th. Christopher Marshall (Pinergy Orwell Wheelers) @ 1 min 23 secs

My other bursary holders: 9th. Sam Bolger (Killarney Cycling Club) @s/t
13th. Adam Rafferty ( US Colomiers FR) @1.33
15th.Adam Gilsenan (Club Ciclistico Canturino
ITA) @s/t

The Elite women (Top 10)

Women’s elite (Top 10A wonderful day came to the end with the Elite Women’s race…The Irish girls who race in Belgium and the continent most of the year showed their great form on Irish roads…Megan Armitage of the team set in the sprint with 200 meters to go, a uphil sprint with 3 bends which saw her teammates taking the honour, Caoimhe O’ Brien was 4th but her bike slipped from underneath her passing the finish line, she ended up flat on her face on the tarmac…after been checked by the para-medics she walked away with bruises, but lucky enough nothing too serious!!

Belgian Team “IBCT-Rupl cleaning” (IRL registered) clean sweep of the medals

1st. Alice Sharpe (IBCT) 104 kilometers in 2 hours 51 mins 56 secs
2nd. Mia Griffin (IBCT) @s/t
3rd. Fiona Mangan (IBCT) @s/t
4th. Caoimhe O’Brien (Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar) @s/t
5th. Linda Kelly (Spin the Bean Power by Coffee) @3 secs
6th. Megan Armitage (IBCT) @4 secs
7th. Becky Woods (All Human/Velo Revolution Racing Team) @s/t
8th. Eve McCrystal (Bellurgan Wheelers) @s/t
9th. Lydia Boylan (Oromia Women’s Cycling Team) at 1 min 40 secs
10th. Hazel Magill (Watersley R&D Cycling Team) at 3 mins 33 secs

Ex multiple Irish Champion and International track star Lydia Bolan was 9th…here reunited with her family
Long-standing Irish Team supporters Nancy Goossens and husband saw here on their annual trip to Ireland for the Champs, here seen with Paidi O’Brien (ex-pro with An Post-Sean Kelly) I wasn’t the only Belgian in the village it