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Brilliant Conroy out on his own at historic Irish UCI cyclocross

Posted on: October 7th, 2018

In his pomp: David Conroy took a very impressive win at Ireland’s historic UCI-ranked cyclocross race in Belfast (Photo: Toby Watson)

 

David Conroy makes history with UCI win in Belfast

 

David Conroy have made history in Belfast today, running out the winner of Ireland’s first UCI-ranked cyclocross race

And he did it in some style, crossing the line solo in the elite men’s event and having the time to enjoy his moment.

One man who definitely didn’t enjoy the moment was national cyclocross champion Darnell Moore.

He began the UCI Bioracer-Atlassian International Cyclocross as favourite in the men’s race. But he rolled a tub which set him back.

And while he fought to get back to the leading riders, he had burnt too many matches and was on the back foot.

But there was not taking away from Conroy’s win, the Scott-Eurocycles man proving the strongest from the drop of the flag at Mallusk Playing Fields in Belfast.

Conroy would emerge out front after the early exchanges alongside Chris McGlinchey of Chainreaction Cycles.

And while Conroy was one of only a very small number of off-road specialists among those who pulled clear early, McGlinchey is always a danger man.

The former top downhill rider turned road race international has all the skills and class to win an event like today’s.

 

Davis comes in as runner-up. Kinning leads home Moore. Creighton finishes in a very tidy 4th place.

 

But Conroy was in flying form. And after he and McGlinchey made the early running and gained a big advantage on the other top men, it was Conroy who proved most able to keep it going.

Among those just behind the early leaders was race organiser Glenn Kinning (Kinning Cycles) as well as the aforementioned Moore.

The very strong McConvey Cycles duo of Thomas Creighton, Ireland’s junior champion, and the impressive Graham Boyd were also loitering with intent.

Also in the mix was the master Robin Seymour of Team Worc and fellow veteran Niall Davies of Biking.ie; that duo showing they are still well able to move.

But at the head of affairs it was young Conroy doing the damage. He simply got his nose out front and continued to press hard all the way to the line.

His victorious wheelie over the finish line capped a fantastic performance by a rider in his pomp mentally and physically.

Behind him, it was Davies who came through for 2nd after having a blinder of a race. He caught and passed McGlinchey to take the runner-up slot.

And then came Boyd and teenager Creighton; taking a tidy 3-4 in the colours of McConvey.

McGlinchey then came through for 5th with Seymour, Kinning and Moore next in for 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.

McGlinchey spent most of this year abroad travelling and he probably lacked some depth today.

That Kinning took 7th was miraculous considering he was the driving force behind the race and has laboured hard to make it happen.

More to follow.

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