Irish juniors come through huge test at World Champs, Valkenburg

Posted on: February 3rd, 2018

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Thomas Creighton looking focussed, and cold, in the mud of Valkenburg. He was one of three Irish junior riders in the World Cyclocross Championships in Holland (All photos Toby Watson)


Irish junior cycling team World Cyclocross Championships


It was a mixed bag for the Irish riders in the junior men’s and elite women’s races at the World Cyclocross Championships today.

In the junior race national champion Thomas Creighton was best of the Irish.

The McConvey Cycles man finished in a solid 52nd place. He was some 5:43 down on the winner and new world champion Ben Tulett of Great Britain.

Tomas Kopecky of the Czech Republic was 2nd, at 22 seconds. And Ryan Kamp took a popular bronze for the host nation Holland another eight seconds back.

In very muddy and cold conditions, Creighton, Adam McGarr and Archie Ryan were always going to be up against it against the best juniors in the world.

However, they were required by the selection criteria to race abroad on several occasions this season. And having done so they were not completely new to testing international competition.

But the Worlds, in any discipline, is always a completely different prospect.


Irish cycling team cyclocross

Irish cycling team cyclocross

Irish cycling team cyclocross

From the top: Maria Larkin, Adam McGarr and Archie Ryan (Photos by TobyWatson)


The junior field became strung out very quickly. And all but the top riders were in a fight for either the minor placings or survival.

Considering they were competing against riders who mostly race on the European circuit all season; for the Irish, the fight was going to be to survive.

And to their credit they scrapped hard; gaining invaluable experience for the next time all three will inevitably don the green of Ireland.

McGarr would finish just a few places – and 1:26 – behind Creighton. And Archie Ryan, who has just moved into the junior ranks, was one lap down by the end of the contest.

In the women’s race, US-based Maria Larkin was the sole representative. She endured a testing day and would finish 39th.

Belgian Sanne Cant took the title again; winning by 12 seconds from American Katherine Compton.

And taking the bronze, 12 further seconds back, was Lucinda Brand of the Netherlands.


World Cyclocross Championships 2018

Sat, Feb 3: Valkenburg, Holland

Junior Men’s Race

1 TULETT Ben Great Brit 0:41:19
2 KOPECKY Tomas Czech Republic 0:41:41
3 KAMP Ryan Netherlands 0:41:49
4 LINDNER Tom Germany 0:41:53
5 MAHER Lane USA 0:41:54
6 RONHAAR Pim Netherlands 0:41:55
7 HENDRIKX Mees Netherlands 0:42:07
8 KUYPERS Gerben Belgium 0:42:14
9 CORTJENS Ryan Belgium 0:42:18
10 VALOGNES Thibault France 0:42:29
11 VERBURG Luke Netherlands 0:42:37
12 RIVET Benjamin France 0:42:50
13 FUNSTON Scott USA 0:42:56
14 BELLENS Jarno Belgium 0:43:03
15 MEEUSSEN Witse Belgium 0:43:12
52 CREIGHTON Thomas Ireland 0:47:02
57 MCGARR Adam Ireland 0:48:28
70 RYAN Archie Ireland – 1 Lap


Elite Women’s Race

1 CANT Sanne Belgium  0:49:34
2 COMPTON Katherine USA 0:49:46
3 BRAND Lucinda Netherlands  0:50:00
4 MAJERUS Christine Luxembourg  0:50:29
5 BRANDAU Elisabeth Germany 0:51:00
6 KEOUGH Kaitlin USA 0:51:19
7 LECHNER Eva Itay 0:51:23
8 ANDERSON Elle USA 0:51:31
9 PETIT Marlène France 0:51:44
10 MANI Caroline France 0:52:12
39 LARKIN Maria Ireland -1 Lap