News: Belgian CX Project

The Belgian CX Project (BCXP) to help riders live, train and race in Belgium for 2017/18 cyclo-cross season & beyond

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News: Belgian CX Project

The Belgian CX Project (BCXP) is an organisation lead by two young north east cyclists; Fin Robertson and Thomas Mein, who, with the help of others, are setting up this group to allow young cyclists to live, train and race in Belgium over the 2017/18 cyclo-cross season and beyond.

Fin and Thomas are hoping to become the first young riders to go to Belgium (the heartland of cyclo-cross) to race this first full season off their own backs.

By doing this, they are hoping to gain experience living, training and racing like full time athletes over the four month period from October to February.
In the future, the two young men are hoping to race full time and also keep the Belgian CX Project up and running to encourage other young people from Great Britain to travel overseas and follow in their footsteps (or tyre treads).

Both Fin and Thomas ride for Derwentside Cycling Club (DCC), a small Go-Ride club based in North East England, who have supported their development over the past few years. They helped both riders to develop as ‘cross riders and gave them a focus & direction that helped them become highly competitive on both a local & national level.

During the 2016/17 winter season the riders had a taste of success at the infamous Koppenbergcross. Thomas took his first international win as a junior at Koppenbergcross and he represented Great Britain on several occasions, including the World Championships in Luxembourg.

Fin, racing as a first year Under 23 rider, raced his first world level Elite race and finished well within the top 45. The huge step up from being a junior was a difficult one, but this performance gave him the belief that he could compete at that level.

These historic performances had a massive impact in the north east cyclo-cross scene and in particular gave hope to the younger riders that they too could aspire to reach the top too.

Over the next few weeks they’ll be rolling out a blog, where you can keep up to date with what the riders have been doing and an events calendar where you can see when they’ll be running kids sessions in the north east to pass on their skills and try and raise some funds for the trip.

In the mean time they have set up a GoFundMe page, were they are trying to collect donations to allow them to afford travel, food, accommodation, race expenses etc. All donations will be greatly appreciated and they lads will keep you up to date on how the money is spent and has helped them achieve a dream of theirs.

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