Sponsored A1Rider Anthony Doyle gives his view on National Cross Country Champs Race
Nationals rider profile, Anthony Zippy Doyle , Strata3-VeloRevolution Racing Team ( Masters Race )
Interview Taken From (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Cyclocross/861838950495588?fref=photo)
Hi Anthony , have you had a good cross season thus far ?
Hi, Yes i’ve had a resonably good CX season. had a couple of silly mechanicals which could and should have been avoided but happy enough with placings after a hard CX/Road/CX season!
How has your nationals prep been ?
Prep for the Nationals has mostly included tring to get the legs back toa good level from a long year, so, intervals and a few days away in the sun over Christmas which was very beneficial.
What do you expect on the day and who are your biggest rivals ?
I expect the conditions and race itself to be tough in Swords, it’s a demanding and physical course but i like it. There are a few super strong vets who all race at the sharp end of the elite field so the usual will fight it out for the title. John will want to defend his crown, Peter is always strong and consistant and Aidan has been riding strongly too so i see them as the main contenders. Obviously i’ll be racing to win but it’s cross AND the Nationals so you need a lot to go right on the day. it will certainly be interesting. Fingers crossed!!
Who is your cross hero ?
My cross hero this season has been Sanne Cant, sheer tenacity has won here those races, full gas, right over her limit. Womens racing has been just as exciting this year as the mens. They deserve equality.
What is your best cross memory ?
best cross memory…..hmmm….. Every race in St.Annes. it’s a real shame we didn’t have a race there this year. it’s such a special venue for a race. i’ve had some of my best CX legs there.
What is your goal for the nationals ?
I’ve only one goal/hope for the Nationals, anything less than the win will be dissapointing.
What are your equipment choices for the big day ?
2 bikes will be essential and a good pit crew!! i’ll decide tyres and pressures on the days close to race time once i’ve had a good look at the condition of the course.
Message to your fellow competitors ?
Best of luck to all racing. The strongest man always comes out on top in cross.
Thanks Zippy , best of luck !
We are pleased that you are on the 2015 STRATA3-VELOREVOLUTION Racing Team Line Up.