Ulster Cycling News
31Oct/160

Big Turnout for Foyle’s CX Event

winOver 300 riders participated in the 4th round of the Ulster Cyclo-cross League which were held in St Columb’s Park, Derry, on Sunday 30thOctober. The class of Asea Wheelworx rider Roger Aiken was there to be enjoyed, as he won the CX ‘A’ Race in a time of 53:31 against stiffcompetition from Barry Kellett of Dromara Cycling Club (Co. Down) and Graham Boyd of Xmtb McConvey Cycles (Belfast). Foyle Cycling Club’s Ronan McLaughlin came in 11th in the ‘A’ race in a time of 58:03.

Foyle Cycling Club, which coordinated the event, was delighted with how the day panned out. Simon Gill, club chairman, said: it was great to see so many children participating at under age while at senior level it was joy to compete with the likes of Roger Aiken, Barry Kellett, Glenn Kinning,Jason Henry, Trudy Brown and our own Ronan McLaughlin.’

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This year’s event was brought forward to coincide with Derry’s 30th anniversary Halloween celebrations. Foyle Cycling PRO, Ronan Gallagher, said this had a major bearing on the number of people riding and watching the competition: ‘in 2015 the Derry round of the Ulster CX League was
staged at the end of November in very difficult weather conditions. We were delighted that the organisers of Ulster Cyclo-cross, in particular Martin Grimley, facilitated the new date for 2016 as it certainly helped increase participation by almost 25%. This year we had over 300 riders across all age categories and approximately 1100 spectators cheering them on.’ He continued: ‘we hope that this fixture will become a permanent event at Halloween for Club and City, and we’re also confident that the 2018 Irish Cyclo-cross championships will be held in Derry too. We’re hopefully too that local companies will take the lead of Halfords Cycles on Crescent Link who sponsored the prizes for all the junior categories. With key sponsorship, this event has the potential to bring in hundreds of
competitors and spectators thus helping our local economy to grow,’ he said. The next round of the League, hosted by Island Wheelers, will be held at Windmill Wood in Dungannon, on 6 November.

Posted by Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com

The Belgian Project Media Team were also on hand to take pics and these can be viewed HERE

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Full race results available from: http://www.ulstercyclocross.com

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