Like it or not, the 2008 cycling season begins with an off road event in Tymon Park in Dublin 24 tomorrow (Sunday).

Robin Seymour of Team WORC has dominated the Cyclo-Cross scene for the last 16 years, except for a blip back in 2004 when Roger Aiken stole his thunder by winning the title.

Both Robin and Roger will be crossing swords when they renew rivalry in this seasons Championship. The course selected by race organiser Dave Barry is typical of a cross circuit. ‘It’s tight, fast paced action, banks, steps, run ups and tight single track, which will afford the competitors to sample a worthy course with the best competitor to emerge from the pack and land the spoils,’ said Dave .

Only weeks ago Dave ran a race in the Tymon, but was cute enough to make sure that tomorrow’s course would be in pristine condition for the real thing.

‘I had a trial run and used a couse on the Grenhills side of the Park, now we have switched courses to the Basket Ball Arena end of the Park which I feel will be more demanding for a championship,’ said Dave.

On paper it looks a foregone conclusion that robin or roger will take the title. Now it gets a bit tricky attempting to make it a full house on the podium.

Going for that elusive third place, after the Robin and Roger have carved up the proceedings is,Newry riders Conor Campbell, Mark McKinley and Gary Henning. The promoting IMBRC Club are also mounting a strong challenge provided by Luke Manning, Dave O’Brien. If there is a dark contender in the field it has to be none other than Usher Irish Road’ Club Neil Delahaye.

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