There was a lot of cause for celebration in Andorra this week with Colin Ross and Robin Seymour climbing to the top of their respective podiums as world champions at the UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships.
Ross claimed his gold medal in Downhill with victory in the Men’s 35-39 class, while Seymour won his in the Cross-Country XCO Male 45-49. That win marked Seymours’ third straight world crown.
Rosco’s Downhill Crown
Faced with the notoriously steep UCI World Cup track, Rosco was on a mission by setting the fastest time in qualification. Holding his nerve, he topped the time sheets again when it mattered most to secure gold.
Modest in victory, Ross posted on Facebook…
“Just want to thank everyone for the support. Couldn’t have done it without the strength I find in Jesus. The work Big Dave has done for me this week has been unreal, and for all of my life. Without my beautiful wife Fiona I wouldn’t even be here!
“Thanks to Ian McIntyre from Vitus Bikes for pushing to get me this new bike with the new linkage for this race. Thanks to Michael from Acti-Snack for funding the trip. Thanks for the help from my friends and training partners Drew Dowdeswell and Stevie Mc Donald“
Not sure I will forget this feeling for a long time!!! #cantbelieveit
Posted by Rosco Lines on Thursday, 19 July 2018
Rosco’s world crown is even more impressive considering just four weeks ago he ended up in hospital after colliding with a group of riders who were walking down the Fortwilliam World Cup track in Scotland while he was training for Andorra.
Triple crown for Seymour
In the XC division Seymour was equally humble about his latest piece of gold.
“Trying to write something meaningful while staying humble,” wrote Seymour on Facebook. “I’m most proud to represent Ireland here, it only sinks in when you see the variety of nations representing and winning medals. It is the greatest honour to put Ireland amongst the winners.
“The support from the Irish crew here was fantastic, with many of my club members here. Well done to Peter on his silver medal and the rest of the performances.”
Irish MTB army in Andorra
All told it was a great couple of days for Ireland in Andorra with lots of medals won.
Peter Buggle joined Seymour in the XC roll of honours with a Silver medal, while Derek Cowan claimed Bronze in the Men 65-69 Downhill.
Some of the best set of Irish results came in the Men 40-44 Downhill with three riders bagging top 10 results. Michael Cowan finished seventh, with Glyn O’Brien eighth and right behind him was Dale McMullan in ninth.
A little taster of the track here in Andorra 🇦🇩. It's wild and as fun as it looks!Vitus Bikes
Posted by Glyn O'Brien on Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Masters World Champs was a wild one. Gnarly track that required a big set just to get down it! Not quite the result I was after but it was serious fun sending it into 8th place. Fair play to all the Irish MTB team (dh & xc) for some truly spectacular and inspiring results. I will be back for more only stronger & faster. @nathanmtb94 📸 skills. @vitusbikes @wildernesstrailbikes @rapidracerproducts @spin_11 @silverfishuk @raceface @thinkstudiodesign
Along with Ross winning the Men’s 35-39, Rob Davis ensured Ireland held the majority share of the top five with fifth. Further back were Paul Fitzgerald 37th, Simon Andreucetti 50th and Kenneth Murphy 53rd.
Dan Byrne and Eamonn O’Loughlin were 49th and 57th respectively in Mens 30-34, while Stephen McDonald was 14th in the Mens 50-54.
Congrats to all in Andorra, we’re sure the celebrations were equally as legendary as the results…