Ulster Cycling News

Kinning Takes Opening Round of Ulster CX Series

GP Kinning Cycles attracted the biggest names in Irish cyclocross and also pulled in a huge crowd on friday evening when they opened the cyclocross season with their event in Houston Park, Belfast. The crowd were treated to some great racing and with the course being spectator friendly the action was to be seen by all.

The set up had a real Belgium feel to it, with the small village area, commentating from The Belgian Project, Music From Music Matters NI. Victory Chimps and Power House Clothing where also on display.

The first race of the night was the B cyclocross. A huge field of around 60 lined up on the velodrome. The first lap was fast and furious with Andrew Patton, Kinning Cycles, Paul Crossen Killinchy CC, Michael McMullan and Michael Hamilton of North Down CC at the head of the race. Connor Young, Ballymena CC was just off the leading group after dropping his chain. He made good time up and put daylight between them all to take a great win from Stephen Hutchinson CCT. Just behind them was Jonathan Boyle who had made the trip up from Oldcastle.

Next up was the A race followed by the ladies. Cameron McIntyre had a fantastic opening lap. He had Glenn Kinning for company. The pair had a few seconds over a group that contained, Roger Aiken, ASEA, Graham Boyd XMTB McConvey Cycles, Brendan Doherty VC Glendale. Just off this group was Robin Seymour who had trouble on the opening lap.

By lap two Roger had joined the leading pair with Robin just off them. On the 3rd lap Glenn had a small gap over Robin and Roger who now had distanced Cameron. Glenn backed by the crowed, held on to his slender lead to the end to take a home win. Robin had made a great come back and managed to get the better of Roger on the line for 2nd. Cameron came in 4th, claiming the Junior prize. Graham took 5th & Gavin O'Connell from WORC got 6th ahead of 1st Vet Brendan Doherty.

The riders were all treated to Burgers and Chips courtesy of Hayes Family Butchers. Some of the riders where very impressed with the course and overall atmosphere. Robin Seymour also stated that it was one of the best cross races he had ever ridden. Others were delighted with the kids entertainment put on by Creative Partys, giving it a family night out feel. The race will be promoted  again next year and will cater for younger kids racing and aims to be bigger and better.

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  1. Good to see the burger van got more coverage in the race report than the Ladies race! Does a lot to help us keep encouraging the girls to race!

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