Robin vows; 'I will be back'

Torbay Weekly

A philosophical Robin Delve vowed to come back fitter and better - even at the age of 63! - after a brave attempt to overcome the odds in the World Masters Cyclo-Cross Championships.

Mid-Devon CC rider Delve, the former world champion who currently leads the UK's National Trophy Series, was drawn to start right at the back of the 140-strong field for the combined 55-59/60-64yrs race at the championships near Ipswich.

He battled his way up to 25th place overall, and fifth in the 60-64yrs race, but could not quite force his way onto the podium.

"Lady Luck was definitely missing," said Delve. "I was gridded plumb last, and no one is going to let you by easily in a world class field.

"I fought hard throughout the 40 minutes, was up to 20th after the first lap and I don't think I could have done much better on the day.

"But I'm now inspired to get fitter and faster in the future."