LETTERKENNY cyclist Conor McIlwainne is back in town following his recent stint over on the continent Belgium where the Errigal Jersey was to be seen on many a night racing along the streets Belgium towns.
The young Errigal rider has already had some good results over in Belgium and and a few professional teams are currently keeping their eye on him.
Asked about his recent adventures Conor commented as follows…
“The races were pretty tough alright – very fast and aggressive from the start, there are always old pros there who just hammer it at from the front, so strong!
“The five-day I took part in was pretty tough with the main difference between racing over there and here being the numbers; In Ireland you have about 50/60 max whilst over there in the bigger races you can easily have 160 – 170 riders, I found that a bit hard to start with but once you get used to it, things aren’t too bad!
“With regard to my accommodation I stayed with a guest family, who were some of the nicest people you will ever meet, they helped me on every front. If I needed anything from a mechanic for my bike or a lift to the races they had it sorted.
“The weather over there is lovely as it stays a pretty constant 20/25 degrees.
“As for my studies I have decided to take a gap year from University this year and I am going to try get a team for next year and move to Belgium for the racing season.”