Glorious morning sunshine welcomed some of Cycling Ulster's best U16 youth talent who were competing for the prestigious 'McCann Givan Stewart' Youth Cup labelled by promoting club Maryland Wheelers as an 'Under 16 Classic'. The race was sponsored by Paul McCann of Maneely McCann accountants who also provided medals for the first three boys and three girls over the line, cash prizes for the first 5 boys and 5 girls, there was also a trophy for the most aggressive rider put up by the David McCall foundation and the unique youth cycling initiative named the ‘Belgian Project’ founded by Dany Blondeel put 2 Belgian Project cycling jerseys up for the 2 KOH Primes

The race took in three laps of the tough Tommy Givan Memorial nine mile circuit which included Hillsborough, Annahilt and Legacurry. An aggressive start, ably assisted by strong tailwinds  seen speeds reaching in excess of 28mph and it wasn’t long before splits started to form and the race took shape. A group of around 7 riders broke clear and competed for the KOH prime which was taken by Robbie Doherty (Ballymoney CC). Four of these riders forged ahead on the rolling back section of the course from Legacurry and went on to contest the sprint for he finish.

Harvey Barnes (East Tyrone CC) took the win by five bike lengths from Liam Wilson (Derrymore, CC) and Adam Ward (Omagh Wheelers).Ethan Fleville (Clann Eireann) and Robbie Doherty (Ballymoney CC) came in a few seconds later to take fourth and fifth. Amanda Gallagher (Errigal CC) was first girl and took the Belgian KoH jersey with Katie Armstrong (North Down CC) second. Robbie Doherty took the KoH jersey in the Boys competition. Adam Ward won the David McCall trophy for the 'Most Aggressive Rider'

This event continues to grow in popularity and Maryland will promote it on an even bigger stage next year.