Emerging Conroy pushes hard in Europe for Worlds selection

Posted on: December 20th, 2016

David Conroy has been riding strongly at the World Cup and the UK National Trophy (Photo: Martine Verfaillie)


Having already ridden at World Championship level for Ireland, David Conroy has put in another tidy ride abroad; this time at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup.

The U23 rider and national champion was in action in Belgium at the weekend and while he said the top riders were “on another level” he was happy with his riding, saying he feels he is making steady progress.

He was 41st of the 65 starters, though disappointed to be pulled out of the event with three laps to go due to the 80 per cent time limit rule in Namur contest.

The previous weekend Conroy had ridden the final round of the UK National Trophy in Shrewsbury.

He made the podium, filling 3rd place on the day and again making the case for selection for the Worlds at the end of next month in Luxembourg.


On the podium in Britain in the national series the weekend before last (Photo: British Cycling)


“I started on the last row of 65 but had a brilliant start,” he said of the eight lap event in Belgium on Sunday.

“I was holding my own; it was an awesome course. But the leaders are in another world.

“The leader had a minute lead at the halfway point and because of the 80 per cent rule I was pulled with 3 laps to go in 40th place.

“That’s my best World cup result to date so there’s always a positive.”

The event was won Dutch rider Joris Niuewenhuis, who beat Belgians Quinten Hermans and Thijs Aerts with almost one minute to spare.


Conroy leading one of the Germans at the World Cup third round in Belgium on Sunday (Photo: Martine Verfaillie)

While happy with his riding, he said the top riders were on another level at the World Cup (Photo: Martine Verfaillie)