The David McCall Bun Run is a bike ride organised by the foundation to raise money to fund our campaign to Support Youth Cycling in Ulster.
 
The foundation sponsor the Belgian Project U23 team, the XMTB U23 team and the CU Youth Academy and we would rely on the support from our own club members plus our friends in Phoenix as well as individual cyclists who knew Davy and who are familiar with our work.
 
This year we attracted 75 riders and their generosity helped to boost our sponsor bank by £555 after outgoings.
Phoenix stalwart Eamon Burns was the sign-on captain his son Eamon jnr was the motorcycle outrider and Mark Greer was the lead car.   

So this year our Bun Run to the BallyGally had a slight change of route for the 85 mile journey, up the Glenavy road, cross country to the white bike on the Belfast road where we laid flowers for the 6th anniversary then criss crossing country roads to Templepatrick, Doagh, Ballyclare, and eventually descending on the BallyGally for plenty of scones and coffee.

After being well fed and watered the group got itchy feet to tackle the road home starting off with the long climb out of the village and back home via Doagh, Parkgate, Dunadry and Dundrod and as ever trying to hold them back outside the hotel is, as always like trying to control wild horses and sure enough the charge up the hill was hectic.

As I drove behind the group i met one dropped, irate and confused chap who said,
'FFS my foot slipped out of the peddle, I looked down then looked up and they'd disappeared now what am I going to do' ? 
 'Ride very hard' I said 'they'll slow down' haha aye as if........

As I drove along passing body after body and giving them a cheery thumbs up to their shaking heads I realised there were some getting a 'short sharp death' they weren't expecting.

One of Davys favourite sayings on a good run was, go for long slow death you get more pleasure out of it than a short sharp one, so this is what he would have wanted.

Some of the original 75 had opted to take the coastal route home so when the suffering cyclists who had fallen overboard and were in 'leave me alone' mode we were left with a hardcore of about 25 who were all feeling the effects of the rolling roads and surprise drags in the last 20 miles, some took wee shortcuts home to be fair but the final round we had only 6 going through and knockout blows were being delivered quicker than you could say Carl Frampton.

All in all a very successful event according to all reports, even getting dropped was a pleasure apparently.

On September 20th the Cycling Ulster Youth Academy and the David McCall foundation will host a Youth Day based at the St Johns hall in Crumlin, the day features a bike ride for the U12's the U14's and the U16's, after food there will be a quick session on 'core and strength training' during the winter, stretching and a Q and A session hosted by Brian McComb of East Tyrone cc.
If any club members would like to take part and inter-act with the kids please contact me.
 
Phil Holland


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