DARNELL Moore is proving himself the master of all trades after capturing the Irish National Cyclocross Championship title at Glencullen Adventure Park outside Dublin at the weekend.
The Caldwell Cycles man stormed to the prestigious crown by beating full-time professional David Conroy, Scott-Eurocyles, into second place to finish with some 16 seconds to spare at the finish line.
Moore’s magnificent triumph completes a remarkable eight months for the Dromore man. Back in May he won the coveted Shay Elliott Memorial road race and in October was crowned Irish National Hill Climb triumph following another remarkable performance in Galway.
Moore hadn’t trained specifically for the elite cyclocross championship but admitted that he had travelled south in the hope of getting on the podium.
“I would have been delighted with a bronze medal,” he said.
“I enjoy doing cyclocross as part of my training for the new season as well as it being something different.
“For me everything is geared towards the road racing season but it was certainly a nice way to start the new year.”
It seems the 21-year-old has picked up where he left last season when he was regularly on the podium.
In August he was crowned Ulster 25-mile time trial champion, that after securing bronze in the 10-mile version.
That success came after the Caldwell Cycles rider edged out Omagh Wheelers’ Angus Fyffe in a sprint finish at the Shay Elliott.
October brought further glory for Moore when he claimed gold at the National Hill Climb Championship at Castledaly in Galway.
At Glencullen Moore again proved he is quite the all rounder as he saw of an elite field after a sluggish start in the seven-lap race.
“The race is a hour long, its high intensity and is on a grass course,” he added.
“In the first couple of laps I was sitting in 10th but slowly and surely I worked my way up the field.
“In the final stages it was David Conroy and myself but I broke away at the end of the penultimate lap and he was unable to respond.”
Donaghadee’s Graham Boyd, McConvey Cycles, claimed the final spot on the podium.
As for Moore he was back in training this week in preparation for the forthcoming road racing season which gets underway in March.
“Road racing will always be my bread and butter, it’s my main thing,” he added.
“I’ll be looking to build a wee bit of momentum over the coming weeks. This year I plan to do all the usual events, the Tour of Ulster, Tour of the North, and the RAS, if organisers can secure a new sponsor.”
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