“I’m on top of the world. I rattled Doyle early, let him know I was there”

Posted on: January 11th, 2015

That’s the shot: Jason Henry shows his absolute delight at winning the vets’ title at the National Cyclocross Championships in Swords, north Dublin (Photo: Sean Rowe)


Veteran Jason Henry claimed his first national cyclocross title in the M40 – Masters 40-49 years – category yesterday with a swashbuckling show of strength against a stellar field.

A current national track champion having won a gold medal at the track nationals last September in the sprint, he has now added another title to his palmares.

And there was not a happier man in Irish cycling that Henry yesterday when he crossed the line the victor and paused to reflect on what looked like a savage day’s racing.


Henry on the top of the podium with Newry men Des Woods, left, and Peter McConville, right (Photo: Toby Watson)


“It doesn’t get any better,” beamed Henry after, who was riding unattached.

“I worked harder for this than anything I’ve ever done.

“The course, the uphill sprints; you go into the red and you have to be able to recover again soon.

“Thankfully I managed to keep that balance of pushing on and not going too deep.”


Henry has been a very strong competitor for years, and on a savage day for racing, he was clearly the best (Photo: Toby Watson)


There was a strong field for the event, but Henry set his stall out early on.

And on a course with some really steep ramps that made the racing even harder than the low temperatures and strong breeze, he had plenty to spare at the end.

He added that for a rider who many might regard as a sprinter, he was delighted to show he could win on such a hard course well clear on his own.

“I knew Anthony Doyle (STRATA3-VeloRevolution) would probably be the man to beat,” he said.


Henry got clear and simply kept the pressure on the whole way around in a fantastic display of strength and skill (Photo: Toby Watson)


“And I thought if I rattled him early on; make him know I was there, I thought it might crack him.

“He seemed to break on the third lap and from then on it was a case of staying focused.

“And on the hard straight stretch I kept the power down and thankfully it worked.”

Henry and Doyle were side by side for the first two laps but the new champion got a gap on the third loop and wasn’t seen again before the finish.

“It was a case of keeping the head,” he explained.


Delighted with life after winning the vets’ sprint title at the national track championships in Dublin last September (Photo with thanks to Ronan O Riain)


“Coming into the race I said to myself: ‘You’ve done the training so there’s no point worrying about the other guys, you’re racing against yourself’.

“I’m on top of the world but I can’t wait to get back to normal life; looking after my family.

“I’ve really neglected them in the last month.”

Henry took the title from Des Woods (Newry Wheelers) and Peter McConville (Newry Wheelers)