Bann duo off on their European adventures after more success

Mark Downey in action for Ireland at the European Track Championships last weekend.
Mark Downey in action for Ireland at the European Track Championships last weekend.

Banbridge Cycling Club duo Cameron McIntyre and Mark Downey are off on their own European adventures.

As both young riders continue their progression in their promising young careers, McIntyre is heading off to Belgium while Downey will team up with fellow Banbridge cyclist Matthew Teggart at AC Bisontine in France to sample life as professional cyclist.

Cameron McIntyre (right) takes his place on the podium after a third place finish at the Scott Bikes International Junior Tour of Ireland.

Cameron McIntyre (right) takes his place on the podium after a third place finish at the Scott Bikes International Junior Tour of Ireland.

On Sunday, Cameron concluded a fantastic debut at the Scott Bikes International Junior Tour of Ireland where he was guesting with the Nicolas Roche Performance Team.

Team-work was the name of the game and he led his team mate to two stage victories while achieving an excellent third place behind the American Hot Tubes team riders.

After a short recovery break this week, Cameron will new leave for a spell of international competition in Belgium, where he will spend the remainder of the summer thanks to the support of Dany Blondeel’s Belgian Project.

Meanwhile, Mark Downey also had a busy week competing at the European Track Championships with the Ireland team.

Having won a silver medal last year at Junior level, Mark had set some lofty goals for himself this year where he would compete at the under 23 ranks amongst regular international riders and Olympians.

Mark had an excellent week, making it into the final of the points race and gaining valuable experience which he can use over the next four years in this category.

Mark now also leaves for more international competition in France where he will join Matthew with the AC Bisontine team in Besancon, France for the remainder of the year.

Banbridge CC wish both lads the best of luck to both lads in the months ahead as they take on their new challenges abroad.