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K-Capital Cup #4 - 2
Castlewellan Forest Park, Ireland, April 22, 2007
Seymour Captures K-Capital Cup Series
By Andy Potts
The International K-Capital Cup series came to an end at Castlewellan Forest Park, the fourth and final round promoted by the XMTB Club attracting an entry of 190, the highest of the series. Once again the weather was kind with the forecasted rain thankfully staying away and following the recent dry spell, the course was in immaculate condition.
Irish number one Robin Seymour (Team Worc) came to the final round holding a slender two point lead in the overall standings from Dubliner Niall Davis (IMBRC). Seymour had scored one victory to the two of Davis. After suffering mechanical problems at rounds two and three, Irish Champion Seymour arrived at Castlewellan with a new bike provided by his British team Singletrack/Pipedream.
The elite men's race was a seven lap affair and after a first lap skirmish involving visiting riders Adrian Lansley (Pedalon), Gareth Montgomery (Singletrack/Pipdream), Bennjamin Sonntag (Team Fuji Bikes), and Irish riders Niall Davis,Connor McConvey (XMTB) and Peter Buggle (Team Worc), Robin Seymour took control of the race on lap two, launching an attack which paved his way to glory. With each lap that passed, Seymour looked like his old confident self as he continually increased his advantage over a second place battle involving Davis and Montgomery. German rider Sonntag enjoyed a brief duel with 46 year-old Buggle. In the latter stages, the Fuji rider made fourth place his own.
At the end of seven laps, it was a jubilant Seymour that was greeted by the applause of the large crowd as he crossed the finish line to clinch the K-Capital elite title. In the closing stages, Davis had broken clear of Montgomery, the winner of the previous two rounds taking second place and runner up in the overall points standings. Following third placed Montgomery was Sonntag, the ever smiling German professing to having enjoyed his second trip of the year to Ireland, but admitting to having an "off"day. Buggle, the oldest rider in the race, grabbed fifth ahead of the youngest rider in the race, McConvey, although the young Belfast rider scored enough points to take third overall.
The elite women's race provided Beth McCluskey (U/A) with her fourth win in four starts, giving her the overall series title. Runner up in the race and the series was Tarja Owens (Team Worc); she at last seems to be finding form after struggling with illness at rounds two and three. Scottish rider Ruth McGavigan took third as XMTB's Ciara McManus finished in fourth.
Team Worc's French exile Yvan Sugno wrapped up the expert's title with another runaway success. Dave Barry of IMBRC, one of the most improved riders on the Irish scene, finished second to clinch the runner up slot in the series. Third finisher was the multi-talented Conor Campbell (Newry Wheelers). Third place in the points standings went to Team BHB's Matt Ferguson, though the young Ulster rider retired from the race at half distance.
Joe McCall (Rocky Mountain/K-Capital) was confirmed as Masters champion following his win over the Team Worc trio of Dave King-Smith, Gordon Lucas, and Dave Gill. For McCall, it was his second win of the series. Athough he suffered a DNF at Castlewellan, Damian Mulchrone (Epic) finished runner up in the final points tally, with Lucas third.
The Vets race saw Aidan McDonald notch up his fourth win of the series. The Apollo Club rider from the Cooley peninsula was literally a class above the rest of the "old men" at each round. Runner up in the race and the series was Gerry McCabe (Cuchulainn), for once the "muscles of Dundalk" finished without any blood spewing from his limbs! Andy Burns (Orchard Wheelers) achieved his best ever finish by taking third, yet third overall was awarded to race organizer Robbie Lamont (XMTB) who suffered a retirement in his own race due to a puncture.
The Junior event saw a race long contest between two Banbridge CC riders Sean Downey and Liam McGreevy. The pair circulated together for the entire five laps with Downey grabbing victory by one second. For Downey it meant the overall title, which he adds to his Junior title which he won at the recent Tour of the North road race. McGreevy's second place gave him second in the series. IMBRC's Paul O'Reilly finished a close third to the two Banbridge riders. Fourth finisher on the day, Cuchulainns Robert McCabe, won third overall.
The sports men's race was won by Cathal McCarthy (MBCC) as XMTB's Matt Casey snatched a brilliant second with Seamus Byrne (Cuchulainn) third. Robert Magee (Nomad) had his worst result of the series, finishing fifth, however with two wins and a second from the previous rounds he clinched the overall title. Sadhbh Baxter made the long trip from Galway to score her third win in a row and clinch the Sports Ladies series. Newrys Ann Duffy was runner up with Inga Doak (M.A.D.) third.
XMTB's Jonny Beers scored a win in the U-16 event and series title. In his best outing in awhile, Chris Cameron took second, as the all XMTB podium was completed by Willam Boyd. The U-14 race was won by Banbridge rider Michael Runciman, though the result could have been different had runaway leader Matt Adair not had to run for much of the last lap after a crank broke off. Adair just lost to Ruciman in the short sprint to the finish. Dubliner Robert Scanlon took third. Banbridge rider Mark Downey took the U-12 race from fellow Bann rider Dan Runciman and XMTB's Chris Oakley.
James Curry completed his domination of the U-10 class with his fourth win in a row. Newry riders Luke Hanna and Cain McConvey were second and third. John Buller won the U-8 series with his third victory, crossing the line just ahead of fellow Banbridge riders Richard Baird and Shannon Buller.