The Irish National Cyclo-Cross champion David Montgomery has taken part in the first of a series of races in Belgium. The rider from Banbridge lined up in the Kermiscross Ardooie in West Flanders yesterday.
Despite crashing a couple of times on a muddy course, and having to stop to sort out his bars, he managed to finish 36th out of 46 starters.
He will be racing in a number of UCI World Cup races in the coming months thanks to support from sponsors Vitus Bikes / Chain Reaction Cycles, Cycling Ireland and The Belgian Project.
Montgomery is also getting support in Belgium as he will be staying with Martine Verfaillie, who has supported other Irish riders, for the duration of his trip. In addition, he is getting pit support from two other locals Hanne Wullaert and Wim Ollevier
Victory went to Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) who went clear after three laps and finished 19″ ahead of fellow Belgian Sven Nys (Crelan AA Drink Team) with Julien Taramarcaz of Switzerland (Era-Murprotec) taking third.