Irish trio to take on top pro riders in French international cyclocross race

Posted on: January 16th, 2013

The poster for the race where the Irish will take on the best

The poster for the race where the Irish will take on the best


By Caroline Martinez

Three Irish riders will take in the 56th annual international cyclocross race of Lanarvily in Brittany, France, on January 27th.

The team, sponsored by Irish business man and cyclist Pádraic Quinn, will be racing against some of the best pro cyclists in France and throughout Europe.

Said Quinn: “Robin Seymour, Tim O’Regan and Sean O’Tuathail will be riding in Lanarvily along with Thomas Voeckler and other guests. But more importantly the best cyclocross riders out there right now, guys like Mourey, Jeannesson (FdJ), Gadret and Chainel (AG2R) and Hinault (IAM).

The selection will be riding for Velotec as a way for Quinn to make his cycling clothing business better known in France.

“The race organisers are really excited about having an Irish selection, although we won’t be wearing the green jerseys, they will be wearing Velotec branded clothing for this event.”

“It will be a great experience for the lads, especially Tim as he is going to get a taste of the highest level there is in Cyclocross. It’s different for Robin he has raced at this level before, so he will be asked a good few questions on the road trip from Paris to Brest.”

Quinn was able to secure an invite for this race through his network in Brittany, and was also responsible for bringing the Speedy Spokes team to race the Essor Breton four-day stage race last year.

“The Bretons have always welcomed the Irish, they see us as their long lost cousins over for a visit. I think we should do more to welcome them here when they visit us for sporting or cultural reasons.”

Seymour (Team WORC) goes into the race after his silver in last weekend’s National Cyclocross Championships in Dundalk, Co Louth, and having won every round of the Fixx Coffeehouse Supercross Cup last year. Both O’Regan (DID Dunboyne) and O’Tuathail (Bray Wheelers) have had very strong seasons and will also be looking to give a good account of themselves.