Irish team unveiled for World Cyclocross Champs, Holland

Posted on: January 16th, 2018

Irish team World Cyclocross Championships

The Irish team has been named for the World Cyclocross Championships next month with riders across all categories set for Holland. David Conroy, above, rides the U23 event (Photo: Martine Verfaillie)


Cycling Ireland has named a five-rider team for the World Cyclocross Championships in Holland next month.

Glenn Kinning and Maria Larkin have been selected for the elite men’s and women’s races respectively.

In the U23 category, David Conroy is selected for the men’s race.

However, there is no place for Darnell Moore who won the Irish elite title in Co Wicklow on Sunday.

The winner of the women’s elite crown at the weekend, Lara Gillespie, may be just 16 years old but she gets the nod for the U23 women’s race.

She has just begun her junior career but there is no women’s junior race at the cyclocross worlds.

And in the junior category, Thomas Creighton and Adam McGarr are selected to represent their country.

The Worlds take place in Valkenburg on February 3rd and 4th.

All of the riders selected will also participate in the UCI World Cup in Hoogerhiede the week before the Worlds.

Riders will be based in Belgium for the duration of both events.

Cycling Ireland cyclocross coordinator Andy Layhe said he believed the team was a strong one.

“We have selected our largest ever team for a cyclocross world championship,” he said.

“We have depth and talent in all of our categories and look forward to both the World Cup and World Championship events.

“Through increased domestic interest in cyclocross, and in keeping with our approach to developing riders who show a commitment to cyclocross, we are slowly enhancing the quality and depth of our riders to enable them to compete in World Cups and World Championship events.

“We hope to see more and more riders specialising in cyclocross which will enable them to meet the desired criteria for world championship selection.”

More to follow.