Fantastic Belgian win for cyclist Matthew

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Matthew Doyle may have arrived in Belgium quite recently, but that has not stopped the Foyle CC member finding his feet quickly with the Irish international junior rider scoring his first win of his foreign racing stint.

Matthew Doyle may have arrived in Belgium quite recently, but that has not stopped the Foyle CC member finding his feet quickly with the Irish international junior rider scoring his first win of his foreign racing stint.

Doyle travelled to Belgium with fellow Irish rider Daniel Stewart (Antrim East Audi), guesting with Rik Masil as part of the Belgian Project; a programme run by Irish-based Belgian, Dany Blondeel, to help young Irish riders find racing opportunities abroad.

The two riders have swapped their respective home club colours for that of their guest club Team Gaverzicht-Matexi and have been riding kermesse’s close to their base in Beitem over recent weeks.

While both have ridden very aggressively and have been placed in the top 10 in the junior races, the local man enjoyed a breakthrough performance last week at a kermesse in Dadizele, West Flanders.

“It was my fifth race in Belgium and I was determined to beat my best result of 10th over the past few weeks,” said the Foyle CC member.

He held the view that the first section of the race was frantic as riders tried to get away to claim the primes, including his fellow countryman Stewart. However, with 65 kms. remaining it all came together again.

“I had a plan from the start to sit in and go on the third last lap so I just sat in the bunch keeping the powder dry and on the fourth last lap I worked my way to the front of the bunch.

“When the third last lap came around, the tempo was high until the home straight so I went and four others followed,” added Matthew.

He said while everyone was pulling, the escape’s gap never went over 10 seconds.

“On the last lap with about 1 km to go there was an attack from one of the American riders but we all hopped onto his wheel.

“Then I decided to have a go, saying to myself ‘What have I done?’

“But I just kept going and with 500 metres to go I had a good gap and managed to keep it until the line.”

Matthew said he was delighted with his win and with how the racing had gone for him so far, adding that both he and Stewart have given a good account of themselves since their arrival and, indeed, both have been aggressive in recent weeks.

Delighted to have recorded a win, Doyle was hopeful it could act as a thank you to those people in Ireland and in Belgium who had made the local riders’ trip possible.

Foyle Women’s Aid

Bike Scheme

Meanwhile, this year’s Foyle C.C. Inishowen 100 race will support a new initiative developed by Foyle Women’s Aid at their new facility in Ashley Wood Meadows.

The scheme aims to help mothers and children to get back into an enjoyable and fun activity.

“We have just developed a new facility with bike parking facilities and this support from Foyle Cycling Club has come along at the right time as we are looking to purchase bikes for mothers and children to help them get into a fun and healthy activity as families,” said Marie Brown the Foyle Women’s Aid Co-ordinator.

“We hope the club will not end their support with this worthwhile donation, but will help us to develop cycling proficiency with the mothers and children in the future.”

The event takes place this Sunday, August 19th, in excess of 150 cyclists are expected to take part.

“All donations will be welcome but why don’t those who cycle, take part in either the 100 mile or 50 mile event on the day.” said Foyle C.C.’s Charlie Nicell.