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Johnny The Champion of the World | Johnny McCabe wins gold at the Masters Cyclocross World Championships in a bitterly gold Hamburg, where other Irish riders were also in action (All photos by Sean Rowe)

Johnny McCabe of Cuchulainn Cycling Club has led the Irish charge, in some style, at the Masters World Cyclocross Championships in Germany. McCabe claimed the world title – securing the gold medal and rainbow bands – in bitterly cold conditions in Hamburg.

He was delighted with his victory, in the men’s 65-69 age group race, after emerging as the clear winner at the end of the 40-minute contest.

McCabe top a podium, in the 29-rider race, that included American Scott Paisley (Blue Wheel Bicycles) and British rider Michael Davies (PedalPower Loughborough). McCabe had plenty of time to celebrate his gold medal ride, finishing 28 seconds up on Paisley and 48 seconds up on Davies.

Other Irish results include Tim O’Regan, the All human-VeloRevolution rider who won a support race at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Dublin last weekend, placing 12th in the 35-39 years ago group. He was 1:31 down on Belgian winner Jo Pirotte (UCT Cycling Team).

In the men’s 45-49 race, Thomas Heaney (RC Bergedorf) placed 38th some 5:09 down on French winner Yannick Bouteiller (Amicale Cycliste Bayeux).

Multiple Irish Masters title winner, on road and cyclocross, Alan Bingham (Inspired Cycling) was 22th, from a 92-rider field, in the 50-54 age group. He was some 5:29 down on winner Danny Sleeckx (Rijwielen Hermans).

Des Woods (Inspired Cycling) was 20th in the 55-59 age group race, 7:12 down on new world champion, Denmark’s Palle Egeberg Jensen (Hareskov Cykelklub). Ireland’s Michael Hines (Unattached) was 6th in the 70-74 age group race.

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