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Chris McGlinchey determined to do Irish jersey proud as Dublin Cyclo-Cross World Cup event confirmed for December


Chris McGlinchey is determined to do his country proud this December. Picture: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Chris McGlinchey is determined to do his country proud this December. Picture: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Chris McGlinchey is determined to do his country proud this December. Picture: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Irish national champion Chris McGlinchey has promised to ‘do the jersey proud’ in the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup event in Dublin in December.

It was confirmed yesterday that the prestigious off-road event will take place on Sunday, December 11 at the Sport Ireland campus in Abbottstown, which is expected to attract some of the best riders in the world.

Dublin had been due to host a World Cup event for the first time in 2020, but that round was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Irish leg will be the ninth of 14 rounds in the series and with the date coming relatively late in the season it is likely to attract some of the biggest names in cycling who race across disciplines but often take a break after the road season.

Tour de France green jersey winner Wout van Aert, Tour stage winner Tom Pidcock and Dutch Classics specialist Mathieu van der Poel are regulars at World Cup events.

The announcement yesterday is a huge motivation for McGlinchey as he gets the chance to mix it with some of the best in the business on home soil.

“To be able to race a World Cup cyclo-cross event in Ireland in the national champion’s jersey will be incredible. I’m definitely looking forward to that. I’m planning to be in great shape for it to do the jersey proud,” said the 28-year-old, who is also current national champion in cross-country mountain biking and e-racing.

The Spectra Wiggle rider has never ridden a World Cup event but as current national champion had already been planning to travel to compete in one of the Belgium events this year.

“I planned to do a couple of World Cups anyway with my team, so the fact that it’s in Dublin is amazing," he said.

“I believe because Ireland is the host nation we’ll get a couple of extra entries, so there should be a decent-sized Ireland team competing in it.”

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McGlinchey also believes it’s a massive lift for a discipline that has been expanding in Ireland over recent years.

“It’ll be a huge boost for cyclocross and cycling in general for Ireland.

“I think when a world event comes to Ireland that doesn’t usually come then you can count on cyclists from other disciplines coming as well and supporting it, I think it’ll be great.”

The Belfast man has one more mountain bike race on his calendar next month before he switches his focus to cyclo-cross for the winter, but the experienced rider is used to mixing it up.

“I’ve been quite fortunate, I’ve done quite a lot of disciplines from early on. I started with downhill (mountain biking) and then moved to the road. Cyclo-cross and mountain bike cross-country are the ones that I’ve been doing most recently, they’re a nice combination of the technical skills of the downhill, mixed with the endurance of the road.

“It means that I’m quickly able to adapt to different disciplines. All I really have to do is change up my training, because each discipline demands a different physical make-up.”

But next on the agenda, McGlinchey will on his turbo tomorrow for the return of the Zwift Racing calendar with his e-racing team Wahoo Le Col. Truly a man for all seasons and all disciplines.

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