Monday 21 April 2014

Seymour storms back to claim cyclo-cross honours

Action from the Fixx Coffeehouse series. Gareth Gibbons for Black Umbrella

A huge gathering of racers showed for Sunday's main event – round four of the Fixx Coffeehouse series.

This popular race pulled in 44 participants to battle over complicated, technical terrain in St Anne's Park, Dublin, with 28 cyclists finishing the nine laps around Raheny.

Though the races are run over demanding ground, all levels are welcome to join in this ever-growing sport of off-road cycling.

Cyclo-cross differs from road racing or track racing. You use different muscles to manoeuvre over terrain while utilising a very different set of bike-handling skills while racing a course built for obstacles.

Top contenders of the day included National Cyclo-cross champion Roger Aiken with other favourites Ray O'Shaughnessy, Anthony 'Zippy' Doyle and Robin Seymour.

It was clear within the first lap of the course that Doyle had the full intention of claiming victory over Seymour as he grabbed an eight-second advantage, but Robin had other plans.

Seymour dug deep to come back and earn those lost seconds as both riders pulled away from the field to battle it out over the remaining laps.

In the end, Seymour grabbed victory, but many said it was one of Zippy's best off-road performances.

It will be difficult to determine who will take the cup, with the final round of the Fixx Supercross Cup taking place on January 5.

Irish Independent

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