Video: Irish legend Seymour wins gold at Masters MTB Worlds

Posted on: August 31st, 2016

After a glittering off-road career at elite level, Robin Seymour has just won a gold medal at the MTB Masters World Championships in Italy.


Having been a legend of the off-road scene for decades and competed for Ireland at World Championships and Olympic level, Robin Seymour has just written a fantastic late chapter to his career.

Now in his veteran years Seymour has remained one of the best off-road riders in the country, as his wins in the elite title race at the National Cyclocross Championships underline.

And today in Italy he put his engine and skills to great use to come away from the MTB Masters World Championships in Val di Sole, Trentino, northern Italy, with the gold medal and a world title to his name.

From the start of the five-lap Masters 45-49 years category race the scrap for gold was between Ireland’s Seymour and Francesco Xavier Carnicer, a former Spanish professional rider.

They rocketed away from the start and put almost 20 seconds between themselves and the best of the rest on the opening lap, Belgium’s Kurt Tempst.

And as has been the case so many times in domestic races, Seymour continued to whip around the course with only the Spaniard able to keep up.

The duo were together going out onto the second lap and continued to race cheek by jowl on the third lap.

Going out onto lap 4 the leading pair were well over a minute clear of the rest, with eventual bronze medallist Nocenti Sauro of Italy cutting through those ahead of him after a slow start but still finding himself 1:38 down on the leaders.

The Italian was chasing hard on home soil with Belgian Tempst for company.

After that pair came another Italian Mauro Bettin, who was 10 seconds down on the pair going for bronze with three laps done and a significant 1:48 down on Seymour and Spaniard Carnicer.

On lap 4 of five Seymour upped the pace, blasting around the course 10 seconds faster than he had done the previous lap. And this time Carnicer had no answer.

The Spaniard fell back as Seymour continued to power ahead alone, now with gold within his grasp.

And by the time the Irishman reached the finish at the end of the fifth and final lap he had plenty of time to roll down the finishing straight, his arms aloft in triumph taking the applause of the crowd.

Carnicer hung on for silver, but having matched Seymour every inch of the way on the opening three laps he would lose 1:39 on the final two circuits.

In the end he was lucky to hold off Italian Sauro who finished much faster in taking the bronze medal just eight seconds down on Carnicer in the 50-rider race.


World Masters MTB Championships

Val Di Sole, Italy

Wed, Aug 31st: Masters 45-49 Years

1.Robin Seymour (Ireland) 1hr 15mins 59secs

2. Xavier Carnicer Roig Fancesc (Spain) @1:39

3. Sauro Nocenti (Italy) @1:47

4. Mauro Bettin (Italy) @2:18

5. Michele Bazzanella (Italy) @2:20

6. Manuel Rojo (Spain) @2:49