CYCLING: Great season for Rugby’s Rob O’Connor

Rob O'Connor
Rob O'Connor

National title for veteran back to best after nine-year break

Rugby cyclist Rob O’Connor has enjoyed a very successful season back in the sport.

He only returned to cycling last season after nine years out of the sport and was back with a bang with seven wins in his first year back.

But Rob broke his arm and collar bone in a race last September, leading to two operations including one in March this year which meant he missed some of the spring races.

He re-joined MI Racing in January this year, having ridden with Mick Ives’ team before he stopped.

“I’ve been doing a lot of training on a indoor trainer this season, plus I’ve been on a vegan diet since the start of the season and that seems to help my recovery,” he said. “I work for a small local family wholefoods company, called ‘Naturally Good Foods’ so I’m in the right line of business!”

Rob’s major achievements this season include winning the British Cycling Masters Circuit Championship.

He was second in both the LVRC National Road Race championship and LVRC National Circuit championship.

Add to that fourth place in the TLI National Road Race Championship and victory in the Tour of Abberleys three-day stage race, 2016 has been an excellent season.

“I’m currently lying second in National Road Race Series, with one round to go, having finished third on Sunday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Next week is the last of series in Cambridgeshire,” he said.

Rob has notched up eight other wins so far this season with last race on September 25, being National Time Trial Championships at Napton.

“Equipment and travelling has certainly got more expensive in the time I’ve been away,” he added.

“I’m hoping to have a really solid winter, injury free, so I can push for more national titles next season.”

Any local company interested in helping with kit or travelling expenses can contact Rob at rob2345@hotmail.co.uk