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.

Monty in action at Hoogerheide 
All photos of the elite: https://www.facebook.com/Martine-verfaillie-253522081821262/
Very valuable help of Kurt in the pit all season in Belgium
Our guest mum and photographer Martine
Real CX conditions in the Netherlands

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 <<

U/23’s Men Elite:
https://www.facebook.com/Martine-verfaillie-253522081821262/

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.

Manager of the team Andy Layhe had also some good news about the world rankings of Team Ireland
A quick glance at the UCI Cyclocross nation rankings today. Ireland sits the highest position in every category since we’ve been participating in the discipline. We sit ahead of some established CX countries such as Poland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Well done to all.
U23 men – 14th from 27. 
Elite men – 18th from 30. 
Elite women – 17th from 31. 
Junior men – 13th from 27. (4 riders in top 100). 
U23 Women – 14th from 27.
Ireland’s highest ranked average national ranking in any of the cycling disciplines on the smallest budget. Imagine what we could do with a decent budget.