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Peter's Insight on the Sport Of Cycling

posted 2 Dec 2010, 09:41 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Sarah Piner)
This week I have interviewed Peter Rimmer, one the wheelers top racers, to give a insight into the sport.  Unlike most he not only competes on the road but in various off road disciplines too; mountain bike racing, endurance off road and cyclocross. Peter races in the A2 road racing category and will be looking forward to the 2011 season to gain some points to move him up to the A1’s. Although he usually places well in most races (winner of the 2009 Midland league) he would be more suited to time trialling, preferring the ‘race of truth’ against the clock and at  present would be the wheelers number 1 Time Trial specialist.

Most of us have been off the bike lately, resting after a hard season or doing some steady miles. Peter however has just completed the ‘Stevens bike shop cyclocross league’ in Dublin (4 races over a 2 month period). He finished a commendable 20th overall (over 75 competitors each week) despite some mechanical issues! So with this in mind I asked a him a few questions….

What is Cyclocross? – An hour or so long race off road but on a road bike with chunky mountain bike type tyres. It’s really fast and the courses are usually technical, in and out of trees with some faster open sections oh and logs to jump over!

How did you get on in this year’s Cyclocross league? – I was very happy about 20th overall and beat most of the other roadies that have a go at cyclocross each year like me. My main objective was to finish on the same lap as Robin Seymour (Irelands Cyclocross Champion for the last 10 years) and beat the girl, Cait Elliott! I did both so I’m happy! (I must add Cait is an exceptional Mountain bike handler, MTB National Champion and would show most of us how it’s done!!-Sarah)
What is your biggest achievement in cycling? – Well winning the midlands league in 2009 was good, it was hard work I even had to re-schedule a holiday so I didn’t miss vital points! Getting promoted to the A2’s was a good one too, it took all season and was a relief when I got the last points in Ballinrobe with a 3rd place on stage 1. Ballinrobe was good that year (2009) I finished 5th overall, but that would have been 3rd if I didn’t puncture on the last stage! – Had to swap bikes with Paul Crowley with about 15km to go to hang on the 5th, so it was eventful.
What are your Goals for 2011? – I want some revenge in the Kanturk 2 day! – Another race where I punctured in a good position, did a good Time Trial and then punctured in the following stage losing my top 10 in the overall General Classification. Would be nice to get some results in the 1 day races too, but they can be difficult with big bunches and good sprinters.

Finally, who is your cycling hero? – Lance Armstrong I guess!

Thank you Peter and hopefully I will get to speak to some more wheelers who take part in a variety of events over the coming year...
Peter Rimmer in action in the 2010 Donegal 3-Day