Conroy ends Kinning’s winning run in crash-marred Fixx finish

Posted on: October 1st, 2017

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Glenn Kinning, in the orange jersey of Fixx Series leader, on the deck on the last corner. To his right, David Conroy sprints through the back-markers to win (Photo: Sean Rowe)


David Conroy ends Glenn Kinning winning run


Glenn Kinning’s fantastic run of recent cyclocross victories has come to an end, David Conroy claiming victory at the Fixx Supercross Series today.

But the finale in Grange Castle, west Dublin, was anything but straightforward; Kinning crashing not once but twice.

And Conroy, one of the very best young off-road riders in the country, was close enough to him to capitalise.

It meant the Scott-Eurocycles U23 rider came away with the spoils despite looking on the last lap as if he was beaten.

The pair were by far the strongest in the main event; pulling ahead of a clutch of other strong riders.

Glenn Kinning and David Conroy got out of the traps quickest at the start and raced together out front for most of the eight laps.

Indeed, it was not until the penultimate circuit that any daylight emerged between the two. And when a gap appeared it was Kinning who pulled it out.

He went around lap seven some 7 seconds faster than Conroy and extended the lead further on the last lap.


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David Conroy Glenn Kinning Fixx


However, on the fourth last corner Kinning would endure his first crash as he came upon some back markers.

That spill saw Conroy, who was just seconds behind, catch and pass Kinning. But having been a winner already several times this season, the in-form Kinning remounted and fought on.

He would quickly catch Conroy and they’d square up to the last bend for the finishing straight together.

Conroy would lead into that last corner and in the jockeying for position for the final sprint Kinning crashed again.

But now there was no time to get back up and catch Conroy, who sprinted up the home straight to win.

Series leader Kinning did indeed get back on his bike. But he lost a lot of time and in the end came home for 2nd place 16 seconds behind Conroy.

A further 36 seconds would elapse before JB Murphy (Kilcullen Murphy Surveys) would round out the podium.

The Kildare junior has had an incredible time of late. He enjoyed a very strong road season before switching to the track.

And on the velodrome he won silver in the junior elimination race at the European Championships in Portugal in July.

And he won points race bronze in August at the World Championships.

Some 22 seconds behind Murphy today was Olympian and current World MTB Masters champion Robin Seymour (Expert Cycles).

And another eight seconds back was Kevin Keane; the top triathlete showing he can mix it with the best at ‘cross.

Lara Gillespie continued her winning ways in the women’s race. The Scott-Orwell rider claimed victory by 38 seconds from Lisa Stapelbroek (Kenmare Cycling).

Gillespie’s team mate Breda Horan was 3rd some 25 seconds later.

In the B race, Billy Purcell (Usher IRC) won from Stanislav Baca (Velo Club Balrothery) and Bernard Twomey (Ballina Cycling).


Round 2: Fixx Series

Grange Castle, Dublin

1 David Conroy 0:58:40
2 Glenn Kinning 0:58:56
3 JB Murphy 0:59:32
4 Robin Seymour 0:59:54
5 Kevin Keane 1:00:02
6 Tim O’Regan 1:00:03
7 Niall Somers 1:00:54
8 Lee Harvey 1:01:05
9 Adam McGarr 1:01:23
10 Evan Ryan 1:01:37
11 Matt Slattery 1:01:48
12 Richard Barry 1:02:18
13 Gavin O’Connell 1:02:32
14 Aidan McDonald 1:03:03
15 John Doris 1:03:16
16 Eric Downey 1:03:33
17 Peter O’Farrell 1:03:44
18 Aaron O’Donohue 1:04:07
19 Michael Jordan 1:04:32
20 Ronan O’Flynn 1:04:48