I'm part of a cycling club in Belfast called Kinning Cycles, which is based around the shop in East Belfast and run by Glenn Kinning. Amongst many things they host races; particularly cyclocross racing. For those unfamiliar with cyclocross racing, it is used with a bike that looks like a road bike but can go 'off road' due to its bigger tyres and a few other things I won't bore you with. Now the club has hosted a league of cyclocross racing over the past few months, the first of which was the first floodlit cycle race in Ireland. The most recent taking place on New Years Day 2017, would feature a beach section, another first for Ireland.
The club has hosted a league of cyclocross racing over the past few months, the first of which was the first floodlit cycle race in Ireland. The most recent taking place on New Years Day 2017, would feature a beach section, another first for Ireland.
I helped out on the day before and on the day, with the race taking place in a large park, there were plenty of walkers and dogs to contend with. But not only that, the biggest issue was the fact that the tide only went out just before 3 pm and the main race was kicking off at 3 pm! So it was cutting it pretty fine, but as you can see above, there were no underwater sections of the course.
But the great thing about these races is that there are categories for anyone willing to subject their body to such abuse, with junior boys/girls, women's and two men's races due to the sheer amount of entrants. And on top of that, there was an option for anyone to race the course beforehand who had never competed before, to encourage anyone looking to start racing or just to see if they liked it. I don't see the appeal myself! But it is extremely entertaining just to watch I must admit.
I was proud to be a part of the club that hosted the event, as it was well received within the racing community and can't wait to help out at the final race of the year on 15th January at Stormont.