What is The Belgian Project about? It’s about giving young Irish cycling talent a chance of racing in Europe (Belgium) to gain valuable experience. This includes staying with guest families or supervised accommodation – many friendships have been formed over the years. We select our graduates (between 4-6 each year ) during the first 6 months of the season. We also give small bursaries (6 in 2017, 10 in 2018, and 14 in 2019) to young riders who race abroad and promote Irish cycling.
We put these graduates in the ultimate shop window of cycling (Flanders). We have achieved pro status for some or full-time riders, many get invited back, and have or race for local top amateur teams since the start in 2008. We also have a media team that reports on races through photographs, videos, and interviews ..this to highlight our independent sponsors and promote Irish cycling to the full. We participate in approx 60 events including off-road, road, enduro, and track. We are independent ..we can not be influenced by money donations (but gratefully except ) we work with volunteers who give up their free time to help out at stage races, etc.. We get advice from big names in the sport and coaches ..this to develop these lads to the full!
We are an all welcome project ..no matter who you are, what you believe in ..your legs will do the talking. We get supported by many local clubs in N-Ireland and local sponsors, but always look for added support of new sponsors ..All our volunteers and principals are vetted (Child protection ) We select on basis of results, teamwork, and character.
“Live the Dream” is our motto. Awards
Volunteer of the Year 2012 Cycling Ulster
Volunteer of the Year 2015 Cycling Ireland & Volunteer of the Year 2019 Cycling Ireland