Last rehearsal before the Worlds for all top UCI crossers happened in Hoogerheide (NL) Our Irish CX Champ David Conroy travelled from his base in Moorslede (BEL) in the company of ex Irish Champ, and runner up of this year’s Champs in Cork David Montgomery, who was entered for the Elite race that day. In both races, the top riders of the world competed in this very muddy course and the last of the UCI world cup series (Class 1) Both riders had the assistance of mechanic Kurt, and soigneur Martine Verfaillie who provided all photographs of the day.
David here describes his race and his thoughts of last Sunday >>
Hoogerheide was muddy and rutted and tough and it rained for the U23’s and I actually had to change bikes to get them washed and the new course layout was deadly and the ruts were many and deep and it was so totally AWESOME. 34th over the line, not a lot to shout about but from 49th after the worst first two laps of my season to climb to 34th in four laps I can be happy with that. 🍀 @ Hoogerheide, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands <<
The day after tomorrow (Sat 2nd Feb) the World Champs starts in Bogense Denmark and the Irish Team has 5 entries over the weekend. In the ladies U/23 race we have Lara Gillespie (2019 Elite women Champion) and Lucy O’ Connell both juniors, Adam McGarr and Sean Nolan in the Men’s Juniors and David Conroy in the Men U/23. We wish them good luck and a safe return.