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Title: General Cyclocross News
Post by: brassyn on January 31, 2012, 23:30
Some cyclists like to overshare: Sven Nys has cystitis http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail.aspx?articleid=DMF20120131_174 (http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/detail.aspx?articleid=DMF20120131_174) - he will miss his next race in Maldegem.

Put under a general banner because I refuse to start a thread with Sven's bladder issues in the subject line  :)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Michielveedeebee on February 05, 2012, 14:19
Albert clearly had too much drinks after becoming world champ
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Dim on February 20, 2012, 22:15
GVA Trofee to be decided on total time of the eight races

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gva-trofee-makes-sweeping-changes (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gva-trofee-makes-sweeping-changes)

What, thats seriously flipping confusing...
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 21, 2012, 08:44
GVA Trofee to be decided on total time of the eight races

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gva-trofee-makes-sweeping-changes (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gva-trofee-makes-sweeping-changes)

What, thats seriously fornicating confusing...

I like the idea. The GVA this year sagged a bit once it became pretty clear that Pauwels had racked up enough points to hold steady. It keeps things in the air the whole CX season. Plus it means that a broader selection of riders could win overall, more than the usual two or three.  ;D
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on August 30, 2012, 11:31
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2011/12/20111211-608I2349-660x440.jpg)

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/08/news/usgp-of-cyclocross-organizers-trying-to-save-series-after-title-sponsor-misses-payment_236819 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/08/news/usgp-of-cyclocross-organizers-trying-to-save-series-after-title-sponsor-misses-payment_236819)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on September 07, 2012, 07:31
Just discovered the 2012-13 season race calendar courtesy of Belgian Cycling:

http://www.belgiancycling.be/files/Documenten/Disciplines/Veldrijden/Kalender/CYCLO-CROSSKALENDER%202012-2013.pdf (http://www.belgiancycling.be/files/Documenten/Disciplines/Veldrijden/Kalender/CYCLO-CROSSKALENDER%202012-2013.pdf)

I will try to remember to update the VR calendar when I come back. Meanwhile, start planning your season!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 07, 2012, 11:23
U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross will go on in 2012

(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2011/10/20111008-608I8825-631x421.jpg)

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/09/news/u-s-gran-prix-of-cyclocross-will-go-on-in-2012_237645 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/09/news/u-s-gran-prix-of-cyclocross-will-go-on-in-2012_237645)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 18, 2012, 07:22
2012 Boulder Cyclocross Series #1 - Men (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMWZAwF6014#ws)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 18, 2012, 07:24
2012 Boulder Cyclocross Series #1 - Women (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaZDnbPWT-Q#ws)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 25, 2012, 20:57
(http://news.velonation.com/Men/Cross/M/original/Meeusen_Tom_bcleuven10kq.jpg)

Tom Meeusen hopes that the 2012/13 cyclocross season will be the one that sees him join the ranks of the ‘toppers’ like Sven Nys, Kevin Pauwels and World champion Niels Albert, according to Net Nieuwsblad. The 23-year-old from just outside Antwerp, Belgium, was speaking at his Telenet-Fidea team’s presentation at Belgian theme park Bobbejaanland. Meeusen was the outstanding under-23 ‘beloften’ rider two years ago but, since stepping up to the elite level, has not quite been able to match those results.


Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12932/Tom-Meeusen-hopes-to-join-the-big-names-of-cyclocross-in-201213.aspx#ixzz27VtCD3Sj (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12932/Tom-Meeusen-hopes-to-join-the-big-names-of-cyclocross-in-201213.aspx#ixzz27VtCD3Sj)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 25, 2012, 20:59
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/09/20120923-AS9Q9893-631x421.jpg)

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/09/news/tim-johnson-sheds-the-old-school-in-boulder-with-skratch-labs_239885 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/09/news/tim-johnson-sheds-the-old-school-in-boulder-with-skratch-labs_239885)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 02, 2012, 12:02
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4JuZjKCQAArybS.jpg:large)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 02, 2012, 19:57
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.651966367302.2084902.29101443&type=1&l=4670832799 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.651966367302.2084902.29101443&type=1&l=4670832799)

2012 Gloucester CX photos
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 08, 2012, 08:44
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/10/powers-marquee-320x213.jpg)

(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/10/20121006-608I5280-320x213.jpg)

Jeremy Powers, Helen Wyman take day 1 at Providence Cyclocross Festival

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/helen-wyman-takes-day-1-at-providence-cyclocross-festival_256142 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/helen-wyman-takes-day-1-at-providence-cyclocross-festival_256142)

(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/10/20121007-608I7058-320x213.jpg)

(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/10/20121007-608I7654-320x213.jpg)

Helen Wyman, Zach McDonald wrap up Providence Cyclocross Festival

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/helen-wyman-sweeps-weekends-racing-at-providence-cyclocross-festival_256274 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/helen-wyman-sweeps-weekends-racing-at-providence-cyclocross-festival_256274)

heaps of photos

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/wil-matthews-gallery-2012-providence-cyclocross-festival-day-2_256317 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/wil-matthews-gallery-2012-providence-cyclocross-festival-day-2_256317)

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on November 02, 2012, 10:29
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/consistent-albert-tops-bpost-bank-trophy (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/consistent-albert-tops-bpost-bank-trophy)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Dim on November 03, 2012, 20:04
I dont even know where to put this...

Check the related videos for "Warm beer and cold women"

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: mc_mountain on December 02, 2012, 13:35
(http://cdn4.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/12/01/1/cn48003_220.jpg)


Boonen & Friends CX

1. Zdenek Stybar (Tsj/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 39:00
2. Maarten Wynants
3. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
4. Matteo Trentin (Ita)
5. Peter Sagan (Svk)
6. Frederique Robert
7. Sven Vandousselaere
8. Maxime Vantomme
9. Dries Hollanders
10. Pieter Serry
11. Nikolas Maes
12. Kevin Hulsmans
13. Stijn Joseph
14. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
15. Jérôme Baugnies
16. Gregory Franckaert
17. Nick Wynants
18. Francisco Ventoso (Spa)
19. Laurens De Vreese
20. Johan Vansummeren
21. Kurt Geysen
22. Kurt Hovelynck
23. Iljo Keisse
24. Dirk Bellemakers (Ned)
25. Roy Sentjens
26. Dries Devenyns
27. Andrew Fenn (GBr)
28. Gianni Meersman
29. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol)
30. Florian Senechal
31. Carlos Verona (Spa)
32. Floris Smeyers
33. Julien Vermote
via Biciciclismo
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on December 04, 2012, 08:18
2016 WC Zolder - http://www.gva.be/sport/wielrennen/aid1290775/wk-veldrijden-komt-in-2016-weer-naar-zolder.aspx (http://www.gva.be/sport/wielrennen/aid1290775/wk-veldrijden-komt-in-2016-weer-naar-zolder.aspx)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on December 13, 2012, 10:02
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PpqW1yDX6EU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PpqW1yDX6EU#)!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: froome19 on December 19, 2012, 22:38
GP De Ster 2012

Place    Rider   Time
1   Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-KDL   1:00:16   
2   Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus   0:00:02   
3   Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet - Fidea   0:00:04   
4   Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat   0:00:05   
5   Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP - Powerplus

So back to the usual drill there..   
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: froome19 on December 29, 2012, 23:30
And full credit to Nys here who rises out of the doldrums and wins after his theatrics yesterday:

Sven Nys bounces back to pip Niels Albert in Bredene (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/12/news/sven-nys-bounces-back-to-pip-niels-albert-in-bredene_270084)

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A day after crashing twice and confronting a drunken beer-flinging spectator at the Azencross in Loenhout, Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) bounced back to out-kick world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) for the win at the Versluys Cyclocross in Bredene.

The day began with more bad luck for the Belgian champion, who flatted in the first lap. But he recovered to join a lead group containing teammate Sven Vanthourenhout, Albert, Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) and Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

In the finale Albert and Nys sprinted for the line, with the world champion falling short by a whisker as Nys collected his 14th victory of the season. Stybar followed a few lengths behind for third.

Stybar seems to be tagging behind consistently making the podiums..

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: froome19 on December 31, 2012, 18:33
 Nys starts own race

 (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13597/Sick-Sven-Nys-to-start-his-own-race-on-New-Years-Day-regardless.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+velonation_pro_cycling+%28Cycling+News+%26+Race+Results+%7C+VeloNation.com%29)
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) will start his own race in Baal, Belgium, on New Years Day, despite suffering from an unknown illness in the Diegem Superprestige yesterday. The Belgian champion found himself unable to follow the pace set by the rest of the favourites in the annual floodlit race, and could only manage a disappointing seventh place behind World champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).

"With such a weak performance and result we are looking for an explanation, of course," said Nys’ directeur sportif Jan Verstraeten. "Because Sven said that he felt ill immediately after the race in Diegem.”

Good on you Sven :win
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on January 08, 2013, 13:50
Gerben de Knegt finally retiring from cross after this season. He won't race the Worlds since he hasn't qualified, but will do the Dutch Nationals. Also, he denies any knowledge of doping during his time at Rabobank (surprise), but he does admit that given the evidence it is likely that some stuff did happen.

http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2698/Sport/article/detail/3373918/2013/01/08/Veldrijder-De-Knegt-heeft-vrede-met-afscheid.dhtml (http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2698/Sport/article/detail/3373918/2013/01/08/Veldrijder-De-Knegt-heeft-vrede-met-afscheid.dhtml)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 13, 2013, 09:32
Aurélien Duval retired from cycling officially yesterday. Only 24, he was last season's French national champion and has often featured quite prominently in big races, finishing inside the top ten on several occasions.

(http://photo.velo101.fr/2012/grande/france_cross_elites_1.jpg)
A young bright hope extinguished?

'Cross in France isn't huge though the two WT teams FDJ and AG2R do support 'cross riders. What seems to be changing is a) other disciplines as a definite priority, and b) the lack of small sponsorships.

Francis Mourey, 2013 national champion, is the only full-time CX racer in the aforementioned WT teams. Steve Chainel, Arnold Jeannesson and John Gadret have all pared down their 'cross activities to just a few races per year. Of the other notable riders, Nicolas Bazin rides CX full-time for BigMat. Roubaix-Lille Métropole's Mathieu Boulo benefits from local connections in French CX's heartland but he must still do road duties. Guillaume Perrot is better known (for now at least) as a trackie. Young Arnaud Jouffroy found a berth on a top Belgian team (Telenet-Fidea).

However, some of the responsibility for Duval's situation has to be attributable to his 2009 positive test which got him fired from FDJ and frozen out of the sport until 2011. The bigger teams had no interest in him when he returned so he rode in the colours of UV Aube and won the Nats in his first season back.

It seemed like a middle finger to the French cycling establishment at the time but statements don't put food on the table and success is no guarantee of a wage. Since we're almost at the end of the season, questions may be asked in the coming days about the health of 'cross in France, but for now Duval must hang up his wheels.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on February 13, 2013, 18:40
I'm very very sad for Aurel  :'(

He was one of the best cyclocrossers of his generation. Second to Albert in the U23 Worlds 2008. At that time, Albert named as one of his best opponents, along with Philipp Walsleben.

Unfortunately, he got positive for a mere stimulant in October 2009. 2 year ban. He was ready to take a hard work in his dad's saw-mill but by summer 2011, he trained hard again to resume cyclocross but no big pro teams wanted him any longer and he found shelter in small semi-pro teams Club Champagne Charlott' (with the legendary jersey!) and ECV Boulzicourt. When I think of the big crooks like Valverde and Vinokurov who had the same ban (and yet for Piti) for much worse offences and were offered a fortune when back. It's disgusting.

In his small team, he got the national title. Well deserved ! And in the post-race he would remain dignified, humble and low-profile ...

So now the dad's saw-mill is awaiting for him and I wish him a lot of courage.


It's true that cyclocross isn't huge in France, overall but for some reasons, most French crossers come from the North-West. The Franche-Comté has Mourey, Viennet and Colombatto (a real cycling region!). Chainel is from the Vosges, just on the other side of the regional border. Duval and Gadret are from the French Ardennes, a bit further North close to the Belgian border.

It actually does not come as a surprise. I've been there several time. When you take the train from Épinal to Belfort you can really see never-ending forests. Really loved it. It's not a surprise either that Duval's family owns a saw-mill. :)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on February 17, 2013, 20:01
An Aurélien Duval interview after the French Nats 2012: http://www.velo101.com/cyclo-cross/article/interview-daurelien-duval--4393 (http://www.velo101.com/cyclo-cross/article/interview-daurelien-duval--4393)

I'm translating the middle part:

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J'ai été suspendu le 23 octobre 2009. J'ai arrêté le vélo pendant quinze mois complets. J'ai travaillé dans l'entreprise de travaux publics de mon père. En février dernier, l'idée de reprendre m'est venue. J'ai rouloté jusqu'à reprendre sérieusement le 1er juin. Je voulais arrêter mais mon entourage a voulu que je recommence, ce que j'ai fait. Mais je ne vois plus le vélo comme avant. Si demain je dois arrêter pour monter sur une pelle faire des travaux publics, je serai aussi heureux.

I was suspended on 10/23/2009. I fully stopped cycling for 15 months. I worked at my father's civil engineering company. Last February [2011] the idea of coming back sprang to my mind. I softly rode until June 1 when I started seriously training back. I wished to stop but my 'entourage' [word exists in Eng. no?] wanted me to start again, which I did. But I don't see cycling like before. If tomorrow, I have to stop and get on a crane to make a civil engineering job, I'd be equally as happy.

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A ce jour, je ne sais toujours pas d'où est sorti ce produit, peut-être d'une barre de céréales... C'est un produit autorisé à l'entraînement qui s'élimine dans les urines en trente-six heures, pas un produit lourd comme de l'EPO ou une transfusion sanguine. Je ne suis pas un grand bandit ! Mais toutes les affaires ne sont pas traitées à l'identique selon qu'on s'appelle Aurélien Duval ou Alberto Contador.

At this point, I still don't know where this substance comes from, perhaps a cereal bar... It's a substance that is tolerated in training and is removed from urine in 36 hours, not a heavy substance like EPO or blood transfusion. I'm not a big bandit! Only the cases are not treated the same way whether you be Aurélien Duval or Alberto Contador.
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Je voulais faire une bonne saison. Mais je ne sacrifierai pas des années de ma vie pour courir chez les amateurs. Je ne vis pas du monde du vélo, j'en survis grâce aux primes. Je vais peut-être continuer encore un peu même si je ne passe pas pro, ne serait-ce que pour honorer ce maillot. Et puis des portes vont peut-être s'ouvrir...

I wanted to do a good season. But I won't sacrifice years of my life to race in the amateur circuit. I don't live from cycling. I'm surviving thanks to the awards. I might still keep on racing a bit, even if I don't turn pro, just to honour this jersey, and then hopefully doors will open...

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Blackbandit222 on September 11, 2013, 03:33
2013 MAC SERIES SCHEDULE
http://www.midatlanticcross.com (http://www.midatlanticcross.com)

SAT 9/7/13       NITTANY CROSS        TREXLERTOWN PA
SUN 9/8/13       NITTANY CROSS        TREXLERTOWN PA
SAT 9/21/13       CHARM CITY CROSS      BALTIMORE MD   
SUN 9/22/13      CHARM CITY CROSS      BALTIMORE MD   
SAT 10/12/13       WHIRLYBIRD CROSS      BENSALEM PA          
SAT 11/9/13       FAIRHILL CROSS         ELKTON MD   
SUN 11/10/13    HPCX CROSS                 HIGHLAND PARK NJ   
SUN 11/17/13    KUTZTOWN CROSS         KUTZTOWN PA   
SAT 11/30/13       LIMESTONE CROSS         EMMAUS PA   
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 11, 2013, 13:42

Dim porn  :lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 15, 2013, 09:36
Excuse me Echoes and other cx fans where is the hype, the discussion the , it is going to be great etc etc.

Erpe-Mere has a race today.

All aboard the Echoes cx hype train, if it arrives at the station  :?

:lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on September 15, 2013, 13:13
Excuse me Echoes and other cx fans where is the hype, the discussion the , it is going to be great etc etc.

Erpe-Mere has a race today.

All aboard the Echoes cx hype train, if it arrives at the station  :?

:lol

I'll get into it shortly but my head is still firmly on the road until after Lombardia :)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Blackbandit222 on September 15, 2013, 14:10
 :s  The European Season can't start till the World Champion gets home from the US.   :cool

http://www.crossvegas.com/25/8-website/latest-news/147-world-champion-sven-nys-to-race-clifr-bar-crossvegas (http://www.crossvegas.com/25/8-website/latest-news/147-world-champion-sven-nys-to-race-clifr-bar-crossvegas)
http://www.bikinglasvegas.com/cycling-blog/2013/09/11/las-vegas-cyclery-presents-an-evening-with-sven-nys/ (http://www.bikinglasvegas.com/cycling-blog/2013/09/11/las-vegas-cyclery-presents-an-evening-with-sven-nys/)
http://www.podiumcafe.com/2013/2/16/3995624/sven-nys-to-crossvegas-in-2013 (http://www.podiumcafe.com/2013/2/16/3995624/sven-nys-to-crossvegas-in-2013)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Blackbandit222 on September 15, 2013, 14:47
With the USGP organizers no longer able to continue, USA Cycling has introduced the following......

The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) kicks off its 2013-14 edition on September 7 and will run through January 5, all the while spotlighting the top ‘cross races in the United States. New for this season, a $40,000 prize purse will be split between the top 20 riders in each of the men’s and women’s standings at the conclusion of the season. With 45 dates on the domestic calendar, there are ample opportunities for the best cyclocross racers to score points and climb the standings to earn a share of a $40,000 purse.

The ProCX Schedule

Nittany CX    Trexlertown, PA    Sept. 7 and 8
Starcrossed: A Rapha Super Cross    Redmond, WA     Sept. 14
Catamount Grand Prix     Williston, VT     Sept. 14 and 15
Clif® Bar CrossVegas       Las Vegas, NV    Sept. 18
Trek Cyclo-cross Collective Cup   Waterloo, WI    Sept. 21 & 22
Charm City Cross     Baltimore, MD    Sept. 21 and 22
Grand Prix of Gloucester    Gloucester, MA    Sept. 28 and 29
 
Providence Cyclo-cross Festival    Providence, RI   Oct. 5 and 6
Colorado Cross Classic & Boulder Cup   Boulder, CO   Oct. 12-13
Full Moon Vista Cyclocross      Rochester, NY     Oct. 19-20
Spooky Cross Weekend         Pomona, CA       Oct. 26-27
Gateway Cross Cup         St. Louis, MO      Oct. 26-27
HPCX (Highland Park)     Jamesburg, NJ     Oct. 27

Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede    Covington, KY    Nov. 1
Cincy3 Lionhearts Intl.-Cross After Dark   Mason, OH    Nov. 2
Cincy3 Harbin Park    Cincinnati, OH  Nov. 3.
The Cycle-Smart International    Northampton, MA    Nov. 2-3
Sophisticated Living Derby City Cup    Louisville, KY  Nov. 9-10
Jingle Cross Rock-Rock   Iowa City, IA   Nov. 15-17
Supercross Cup      East Meadow, NY   Nov. 23 and 24
Baystate Cyclo-cross    Sterling, MA    Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
Cross after Dark    Los Angeles, CA      Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

NBX Gran Prix of Cross  Warwick, RI  Dec. 7-8
Deschutes Brewery Cup  Bend, OR     Dec. 7.
North Carolina Grand Prix   Hendersonville, NC    Dec. 14-15
Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup   Kingsport, TN     Jan. 5

UCI C1 events with Triple Pts
Sept. 18     Clif® Bar CrossVegas     Las Vegas, Nev.
Oct. 5     Providence Cyclo-cross Festival     Providence, R.I.
Nov. 2     Cincy3 Lionhearts International-CAD     Mason, Ohio
Nov. 9     Sophisticated Living Derby City Cup     Louisville, Ky.
Nov. 17     Jingle Cross Rock-Rock 3     Iowa City, Iowa
Dec. 7     Deschutes Brewery Cup     Bend, Ore.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Blackbandit222 on September 15, 2013, 15:05
 This years SS CX WC will be in Philly  :cool
http://sscxwc13philly.com/ (http://sscxwc13philly.com/)
(http://sscxwc13philly.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/philly-sscxwc-2013-logo.jpg)
(http://www.bikemag.com/files/2012/12/SSCXWC_2013_78.jpg)(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A9KY2OjCcAAU9PN.jpg:large)(http://www.bikemag.com/files/2012/12/SSCXWC_2013_72.jpg)

Recaps of prior events:
LA 2012   http://www.sscxwc2012.com/ (http://www.sscxwc2012.com/)
SF 2011   http://www.cxmagazine.com/sscxwc-2011-costumes-crazy-chris-jones-julie-krasniak-win-singlespeed-worlds (http://www.cxmagazine.com/sscxwc-2011-costumes-crazy-chris-jones-julie-krasniak-win-singlespeed-worlds)
Seattle 2010   http://sscxwc.org/ (http://sscxwc.org/)

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on September 18, 2013, 11:37
http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2698/Sport/article/detail/3511673/2013/09/18/Van-der-Haar-tempert-de-verwachtingen.dhtml

The great Dutch hope Lars van der Haar has as a goal for this year to be always in the top-10 and as often as possible in the top-5. This is another year of getting used to the new environment for him, but next year (2014-2015) is where it really has to happen for him.

He's just being modest; he's going to win a few races this year! :win

Also, rumours of a move to Argos continue, and Lars is ready to move to another team. It should be clear around October what team he's going to ride in.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on October 01, 2013, 18:17
http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/131001_Telenet_Fidea_verder

Despite all the bad news on the road, some good news for cross: Telenet and Fidea will continue to sponsor their team for at least another 4 year. Also Wellens and Meeusen renewed their contracts at the team. Not sure what Wellens hopes to achieve for 2 more years as he hasn't shown all that much lately, but whatever.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on October 01, 2013, 18:54
Not sure what Wellens hopes to achieve for 2 more years as he hasn't shown all that much lately, but whatever.

The groundswell of personal popularity is sometimes enough in Belgian CX, Slow. Bartje will always get an interview at races. ;)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Dim on October 03, 2013, 15:41
Covered in transfer news, but despite Crelan folding they are to continue personal sponsorship of Nys and Vanthourenhout
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Blackbandit222 on October 03, 2013, 16:24
Dim's girl and reigning Euro champ Wyman was slapped around  :S in Gloucester!

By young American upstart Elle Anderson. (i feel old  :( )

http://www.cxmagazine.com/elle-anderson-storms-win-gran-prix-gloucester-day-1-report-results (http://www.cxmagazine.com/elle-anderson-storms-win-gran-prix-gloucester-day-1-report-results)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on October 03, 2013, 17:15
American 'cross - can't they even spell 'Grand Prix' right? :cheesy
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 03, 2013, 17:48
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Dim on October 03, 2013, 17:50
Update from the Team
(http://img.vandaag.be/tmp/450/350/r/articles/201310031830-1_veldrijdster-amy-dombroski-komt-om-tijdens-training-in-begijnendijk.jpg)

http://www.vandaag.be/137365_veldrijdster-amy-dombroski-komt-om-tijdens-training-in-begijnendijk.html

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on October 03, 2013, 17:58
Update from the Team
(http://img.vandaag.be/tmp/450/350/r/articles/201310031830-1_veldrijdster-amy-dombroski-komt-om-tijdens-training-in-begijnendijk.jpg)

http://www.vandaag.be/137365_veldrijdster-amy-dombroski-komt-om-tijdens-training-in-begijnendijk.html

Dark. I was very much looking forward to seeing Amy on the European circuit in the coming weeks. Terrible news.  :'(
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on October 03, 2013, 18:01
This happens much too often. And still it comes as a shock every time.

Rest in peace Amy. :'(
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Blackbandit222 on October 04, 2013, 21:15
Test rode this 2014 Felt SS CX bike.   It was a ton of fun, the shops downtown so it was all urban riding and tearing up small plots of grass.
http://www.cxmagazine.com/felt-breed-f3x-f75x-carbon-aluminum-singlespeed-cyclocross-bikes-2014 (http://www.cxmagazine.com/felt-breed-f3x-f75x-carbon-aluminum-singlespeed-cyclocross-bikes-2014)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 09, 2013, 07:49
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on October 15, 2013, 10:43
Sanne van Paassen probably needs surgery, and won't start the cross season for a while. She hopes to be back in time for the worlds, but as the reason for her pain is still unsure it is hard to make an estimate.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 18, 2013, 13:51
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on November 01, 2013, 17:07
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on November 05, 2013, 17:35
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

this is just flipping weird

promo for the WC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHo4rkcZsmc&
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on November 05, 2013, 19:28
Hahah that is brilliant!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on November 05, 2013, 21:03
Absolute genius! :lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 14, 2014, 19:30
Since I decided to have a close watch on the Turgis brothers (I don't know why I like them, lol), both Tanguy and Anthony finished 4th in their respective categories in the nationals. 

 1 1 Mickaël CRISPIN BRETAGNE 00:29:06
2 11 Thomas BONNET LIMOUSIN 00:00:03
3 2 Simon LEPOITTEVIN DUBOST NORMANDIE 00:00:05
4 5 Tanguy TURGIS ILE DE FRANCE 00:00:05
5 34 Clément LEVALLOIS NORMANDIE 00:00:26
6 7 Laudelino PLAS MIDI-PYRENEES 00:00:37
7 3 Dylan MALDONADO PROVENCE 00:00:37
8 6 Jeremy MONTAUBAN RHONE ALPES 00:00:37
9 4 Hadrien DEGRANDCOURT BOURGOGNE 00:01:00
10 20 Lucas MEUNIER RHONE ALPES 00:01:05

4th and very close to the winner; 5" while the 5th is 20 seconds behind him so I guess it's very encouraging for him that is still 15, which means two years younger than the oldest of that category. :) Though he seemed rather disappointed. http://www.veloracingnews.com/article-le-classehttp://velorooms.com/Smileys/default/smiley.pngment-cadets-des-chpts-de-france-de-cyclo-cross-a-lignieres-mickael-crispin-bretagne-un-122011745.html

 1 2 Clement VENTURINI RHONE ALPES 00:53:12
2 8 David MENUT ILE DE FRANCE 00:00:00
3 5 Fabien DOUBEY FRANCHE COMTE 00:01:38
4 3 Anthony TURGIS PICARDIE 00:01:59
5 7 Victor KORETZKY LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON 00:02:06
6 1 Clement RUSSO RHONE ALPES 00:02:09
7 6 Lilian CALMEJANE PAYS DE LA LOIRE 00:02:12
8 4 Bastien DUCULTY AUVERGNE 00:02:39
9 14 Romain BOUTET LIMOUSIN 00:03:01
10 9 Ivan GICQUIAU BRETAGNE 00:03:16
http://www.veloracingnews.com/article-championnats-de-france-2014-de-cyclo-cross-a-lignieres-classement-espoirs-un-mano-a-mano-entre-v-122013385.html
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on February 01, 2014, 09:16
Inside cyclocross’ biggest series: A conversation with Superprestige president Etienne Gevaert (http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/01/news/cyclocross/inside-cyclocross-biggest-series-a-conversation-with-superprestige-president-etienne-gevaert_315337)

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Here’s the kind of outsize influence Gevaert wields in Belgium: when the country’s sole astronaut, Frank De Winne, spent six months aboard the International Space Station in 2009, Gevaert helped to arrange for cyclocross races to be transmitted to him via NASA’s satellite internet link. That’s right. Cyclocross in space.

 :D
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on February 01, 2014, 09:17
this weekends Worlds course looks like


this
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfX4wwYIAAADNOk.jpg)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on February 06, 2014, 14:37
Cookson weighs in on cyclo-cross as a possible addition to the Winter Olympics:
Cyclo-cross: an Olympic sport? (http://www.uci.ch/Modules/ENews/ENewsDetails2011.asp?id=OTgyMw&MenuId=MTYzMDQ&LangId=1&BackLink=%2FTemplates%2FUCI%2FUCI8%2Flayout%2Easp%3FMenuID%3DMTYzMDQ%26LangId%3D1)
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Cyclo-Cross at the Winter Olympic Games ... why not?

The new IOC President Thomas Bach put out a clear message of change and modernisation for the Olympic Sports Programme at the 126th IOC session in Sochi this week, and the UCI is keen to be part of this refreshing outlook.

I believe that Cyclo-Cross - which takes place during the northern hemisphere winter – would be an exciting addition to the Winter Games.

Cyclo-cross requires endurance, explosive power and incredible bike handling skills. Many youngsters wishing to take up cycling pass through the school of Cyclo-Cross, and the breathtaking performances of the Junior athletes at the recent UCI World Championships in Hoogerheide clearly demonstrated the depth of young talent around the globe.

Athletes representing 23 countries and five continents competed in the 2014 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships last weekend. Two nations - Macedonia and Serbia - sent athletes to the Worlds for the first time. The Women and Junior categories experienced the biggest jump in participation levels, a true demonstration of the growth the Cyclo-Cross discipline is currently experiencing.

Cyclo-Cross would offer equal medal opportunities for men and women, the infrastructure and related costs required to install a circuit are minimal, and the principle is clear-cut: first across the line is the winner.

But above all it is a sport that reaches out to an incredibly wide cross-section of the population. Anybody who witnessed the wonderful scenes in Hoogerheide knows that this is a sport that appeals to the young.

Rule 6 of the Olympic Charter states that “only those sports which are practised on snow or ice are considered as winter sports.”

That may be the case as things currently stand but President Bach has signalled his appetite for change.

So I look forward to a debate about whether Cyclo-Cross, and indeed other sports practised in the winter season, should be part of the Winter Olympic Games.

Brian Cookson
UCI President
That last sentence could open up for track cycling to be transferred. They'd have to decide what they want though; currently the regular track season (World Cups and other meets) is in the process of being moved to the summer again, in a process that will take a few Olympic cycles.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Zam on May 19, 2014, 14:02
ADIOs Albert. Bad   luck.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on May 19, 2014, 15:29
Wow that's unexpected.. Who would have thought Albert would retire before Nys? But health issues like this really can't be helped, unfortunately enough for Albert.

One of the best cross riders of the world suddenly quits, sad for both Albert and the sport as a whole. Now who will be left to challenge Nys' supremacy?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on May 20, 2014, 07:48
I don't know if it's linked but the last performances by Albert were not really convincing. One consolation is that he's one of the few riders to finish their careers on a victory. But Oostmalle is taylor-made for him. Before that in Middelkerke he was so upset with the loss at the Superprestige GC that he wished to end his season there. He could get one step forward and thought it was "not pleasant" (his words) to race in such conditions. I'm wondering if he didn't already have problems back then.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on June 19, 2014, 11:01
http://www.thechainstay.com/blog/2014/06/new-uci-cyclocross-rules-for-2014-2015/

Analysis of the new cross rules by the UCI.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on November 17, 2014, 15:27
The finish line is just out of the picture. Hehehehe, would love to know who the Cofidis rider is.

:lol :lol :lol

https://twitter.com/SigmaSport/status/534366128769101824
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: search on November 17, 2014, 15:32
Clément Venturini
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: search on November 17, 2014, 15:37
this picture is even better I think  :lol

(http://www.directvelo.com/images/actualite/800x600/38900.jpg)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on November 17, 2014, 15:58
this picture is even better I think  :lol

(http://www.directvelo.com/images/actualite/800x600/38900.jpg)

Wonder why he had to run. Must have been a mechanical.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on November 17, 2014, 17:49
Wonder why he had to run. Must have been a mechanical.

Yes, a mechanical. He was leading the race ever since lap 2 or something, but then some mechanical happened (not sure what) and he lost out.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: cj2002 on November 18, 2014, 13:38
Congratulations to Mellow Velo and family as Ffion James is selected to represent GB in the Cross WC in Milton Keynes[1]

http://www.mkweb.co.uk/UCI-CYCLO-CROSS-WORLD-CUP-Great-Britain-team/story-24534165-detail/story.html
 1. That hotspot of sporting excellence...  :shh
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on November 18, 2014, 14:44
Milton Keynes

City of Dreams, as a t-shirt that I own loudly declares.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on November 25, 2014, 09:51
Not so much news as an editorial but I was very impressed with Sunday's new circuit at Spa-Francorchamps.

If the previous day's race in the sands of Koksijde demonstrated the handling expertise of cyclo-cross' élite, then Francorchamps gave us a display of stamina for what must have been one of the most physically taxing races of the season.

Shouldering their bikes, the riders had to scale a horribly steep wall that reminded one of the sandpit in Zonhoven except that the stony ground underfoot here was treacherous and without ropes for support.

(http://cdn1.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2014/11/23/2/20144738_247031_670.jpg)

Elsewhere and in drier weather one might have expected a lot more riding rather than running but this corner of Wallonie gets plenty of rain and the peaty forest soils make for tough conditions. Erwin Vervecken's course design thus required some difficult decisions about if and when to dismount.

However, I reserve the expression of my warmest sentiments for the uphill finish on the motor racing circuit. A ridiculously hard climb on a laden 'cross bike, it would have given us a marvellous sprint duel had Pauwels and Van der Haar made it there together but in any case it took its toll on everyone as individuals, lap after lap, and really elucidated the gaps in strength between the toppers. This was a CX race which delivered much of interest for road fans.

(http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2014/11/23/2/20144738_246975_670.jpg)

Indeed, as they crossed the line at the end of the hour, a survey of the scene had more in common with the more severe mountain top finishes of a Grand Tour, with riders fighting for breath and wobbling with support from their soigneurs.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on November 27, 2014, 17:19
The one-man general-news-but-really-editorial CX thread continues ...

I'm talking to myself on here and I like it very much.

Helen Wyman blog: Milton Keynes! (http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/helen-wyman/helen-wyman-blog-milton-keynes) on CN

Well now, this is articulate, funny and real writing from a mainstay of the CX scene and proves that years of living among the crude peasants of smalltown Flanders does nothing to diminish a sympathetic sensibility. Speaking as another example of that very same phenomenon, of course. :s

But I digress, as Fusske knows I am wont to do.

Too often the rider's perspective is so dumbed down as to be completely colourless but Wyman's zest for the small details renders her worthy of some greater published tract in the future and probably a better spokesperson for women's cycling than most of her other, goal-bleached contemporaries.

Lucid cycling journalism is nearly a desert now that even Barry Ryan has finally succumbed to the madness of literary mirages. The unselfconscious enthusiasm of Helen Wyman is a much-needed waypoint wadi on the long trail to the caravanserai of Shane Stokes.

It is a little known (and little demanded) Larrifact that I used to live in Milton Keynes City of Dreams. Hideous place with absolutely no redeeming features, I can only hope that this weekend's World Cup CX event will deliver one good reason why all that naïve urban planning and its attendant hokey esoterica was worthwhile in generating a Rorschach nightmare blot on the map.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on November 30, 2014, 15:47
All across Flanders it has been a foggy sort of day, obfuscating the daylight, and these conditions gave the superfast Bpost Bank Trofee race at Hamme a nice, dramatic complexion.

Flag in the ground, this could be the race on which people will look back and say there was a generation shift.

The likes of Van Aert, Adams J and Van Der Poel M have been entertaining us for a few months already but they took advantage of the harder ground and the higher speeds to demonstrate teamwork, tactics and athleticism. Indeed, for much of the hour, they were the ones giving lessons to their seniors.

With the conditions totally different to yesterday's muddy run at Milton Keynes, Hamme was a parcours in which one needed teammates. It was the nearest I have seen CX ever come to Six Day racing!

The pairings of Adams - Van Aert and Walsleben - Van Der Poel worked well. Even Nys benefitted on several occasions from the unusual presence of his wingman Vantourenhout S at the head of affairs. Ironically, the least effective partnership today was the classic pairing of Pauwels - Vantornout. If yesterday's winner went fast out of the blocks and then rode a tactical three quarters, the latter never seemed to get on terms with the race.

But the story of the day was rightly place aux jeunes with a thrilling finish going down to the wire.

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2jfeyc4.jpg)

After several penetrating solo moves, the bell ringing one lap too early and an unfortunate late fall from Meeusen, a large bunch looked like sprinting it out but Walsleben's late versnelling forced Adams and Van Aert to chase and gave Van Der Poel a springboard for the win.

Except that the dauphin didn't win, mistiming his final effort and finding himself outsprinted in the final metres by a coolly resurgent Van Aert, who had looked finished after a traffic jam on the last corner.

Walsleben hung on for a creditable third. Meanwhile Nys, who had also rode tactically on a course that didn't suit him, sprinted well to sneak in for fourth and consolidate his lead in the BPost Bank Trofee, in which he has still to win a single round himself. Pauwels was fifth.

Lovely day's racing and one has to credit the hungry youngsters for distrupting the racing patterns we have become rather too accustomed to seeing in top flight Euro CX.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on December 01, 2014, 17:42

Lovely day's racing and one has to credit the hungry youngsters for distrupting the racing patterns we have become rather too accustomed to seeing in top flight Euro CX.

You think so? I thought it was pretty boring. Last lap or two were decent, before that nothing worthwhile happened. The whole parcours was too straightforward, it lacked spice.

Decent race because of those last two laps between the youngsters, but no more than decent.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on December 07, 2014, 07:44
Today is the Druivencross. If you're watching it on TV, look out for me beside the course! :P

I'll post pics later if there are any decent ones.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 07, 2014, 16:10
                                             DRUIVENCROSS OVERIJSE *be
After the junior and women's races it became clear that this race would be difficult. And muddy!
 An 8-man group pulled away almost at the start, Meeusen, Van der Poel, Vantornout and Walsleben being the biggest names. These four pulled ahead, and were over a minute ahead of the big names of Nys and Pauwels after three laps. (Nys would later abandon)
In the final throes of the race, Van der Poel opened hostilities, and dangled ahead of the group for a lap and a half. He was never out of sight, however, and after a surge from Meeusen was recaptured and went to the back of the group. Vantornout then took over the pacesetting, and the group was kept roughly together until the last few hundred metres, when the two Belgians pulled ahead of Van der Poel and Walsleben in the sprint.
Vantornout's sprint was admirable in itself, but he could never keep up with the much faster Meeusen, who powered home for the victory. Third was Van der Poel, and Walsleben came home in fourth, over a minute ahead of Van Kessel, the next rider to finish.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4QvuFxCYAE7Ft8.png)

1: Tom Meeusen
2: Klaas Vantornout
3: Mathieu van der Poel
4: Philip Walsleben
5: Corne Van Kessel
6: Marcel Meisen
7: Gianni Vermeersch
8: Rob Peeters
9: Sven Vanthorenhout
10: Julian Taramarcaz

(this is my first actual race report of any sort, so be nice  :))
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on December 07, 2014, 18:38
(this is my first actual race report of any sort, so be nice  :))
It's a very good one! :)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 07, 2014, 20:36
Thanks Fus! You're too kind.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on December 07, 2014, 21:01
Thanks a lot LaVelocipide! Was just about to go look for a good race report of todays race as I was unable to watch, happy to have found it on here :)

Happy for Meeusen. He had a tough couple of years, but seems to have finally made the jump to the top this time. And it continues to be a year of a lot of different riders winning - there is no single dominant force at the moment, which is great after years of Nys.

And more good news: Behind the rise of Lars van der Haar and Mathieu van der Poel, Corné van Kessel is becoming more and more prominent as well. He's had a few good results in recent weeks, with a 5th place now. Good times to come for Dutch cyclocross!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 07, 2014, 21:04
Thanks Slow Rider.  :)
Yeah, I'm glad for both the mentioned Fideas. Meeusen now has two big wins, here and Ruddervoorde, and I'm almost sure Van Kessel is third in the World Cup!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on December 07, 2014, 21:23
Foul weather, awesome race.  :D

All I can say, since you've done your report already and you don't need another, is that it was waaaaayyy harder than it looked on TV.

Who spotted me in the crowd, then? Anyone?  :lol I was clearly visible a few times.

Here are some photos from the day:

(http://i61.tinypic.com/f01110.jpg)
BKCP's Colnago Prestige / Dura Ace bikes (note cheapy road wheels for warming up / signing on)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/venkgy.jpg)
Walsleben, Meeusen and Pauwels at the start line (Nys obscured)

Low light conditions in the woods :angry but using a flash is disrespectful...

(http://i57.tinypic.com/502sko.jpg)
Van Kessel leads Van der Poel and Meeusen on a tricky descent

(http://i58.tinypic.com/28gy0is.jpg)
Vantornout does his share to chase down the romping Van der Poel

(http://i62.tinypic.com/2ih9g5e.jpg)
Sustaining auditory damage from Meeusen's support crew
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on December 07, 2014, 22:16
Looking at those pictures, the biggest differences between a *be World Cup cross and a *dk cross race are the number of spectators and - more importantly - the level of the competition.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on December 08, 2014, 15:36
As I was walking by what is normally the stage door entrance to the local theatre in Overijse yesterday, I saw Pauline Ferrand-Prévot sitting in the doping control. She looked thoroughly fed up.

That wasalready probably a good half hour after her race had ended, just as it was getting dark. The room was full of yokels and she looked a bit lost there sitting mournfully behind her second place bouquet.

That said, having seen the highlights, if Pauline keeps riding this season (this was only her third CX race iirc) she is likely to take down the hitherto dominant Cant sooner rather than later, having only lost out in the last lap or so yesterday.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on December 13, 2014, 12:14
Currently in a woe of poor performance, driekleur incumbent Sven Nys is fed up, according to an interview with Sporza published today:

Quote
"I feel good on the bike," Nys says. "It's just that my results in races haven't been so good."

"What bothers me most is that the criticism goes too far. To claim from one day to the next that I'm now too old, I think that's going too far. Maybe that's the reason why I don't feel good right now.

"I don't feel ill and my blood test results prove that I'm not. ... I can't pinpoint a single cause. There's a bit of everything, I guess. In Overijse, I felt empty very quickly and I didn't feel like fighting through it.

"But the criticism I'm getting is too much. At the Koppenbergcross I rode as well as ever. But afterwards I heard people saying I'm too old. That bothers me, especially because those comments often come from people who were praising me to the heavens only a month earlier, saying that I'd dominate everything until I was fifty.

"As soon as I get through this, I'll probably look back on it as a very instructive period. It's not the first time that I've hit a trough like this. I'm only human and not a robot. Maybe in the past I gave the impression that everything always went smoothly. But that's not the case.

"I'm fine with people expressing their frustration at how successful I've been in my career. But those people have no right to stop me enjoying my sport. I want to stop in a decent way.

"These young riders aren't a problem for me. They keep me focused and motivated. I have no trouble with that. At the age of 38, you have to let go of certain things. Those who can't will become old and frustrated riders. And that's the last thing I want to be."

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2179818 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 14, 2014, 18:21
For some reason I'm getting the feeling that this one is crap, but anyhow, here's my review of Zilvermeercross.

Van Aert Tames Zilvermeer

(https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2549022/481355779.0.jpg)

Today, at an unusual night race, no one could beat Wout Van Aert over the natural sand of Lake Zilver.

The young Belgian was at the forefront of the race from the start, following Van der Poel's attack right at the beginning of the race, and never out of the top 4 after that.

As mentioned, Van der Poel attacked out of the gate, forcing a selection, consisting originally of himself, Van Aert, Meeusen, Sweeck and Walsleben. These five would stay together for the majority of the race.

Van der Poel then had a big attack, during the commercial break, arising the ire of fans watching, but he was soon pegged back by a Meeusen - Van Aert combination.

Sweeck then attacked, and dangled ahead of the group for two laps, but was caught when Tom Meeusen, Lord of the Bunnyhops, (TM) hopped over a 50cm concrete barrier, and caught him up. That is when the drama happened!

Originally believed to be a crash, Mathieu says: "I got stuck in the sand, my shifter got stuck behind the fence. I held up the others." Sweeck was away, the group was fragmented, with Meeusen worst affected. Not so Van Aert. He was not badly affected by the Dutchman's mistake, quickly caught up to Sweeck, and - what can only be described as - zoomed past him with just under 2 laps left. He extended his advantage all the way to the line.

"I felt really bad in the beginning, I even wanted to work for Rob." he says, but still, he managed to win. "I found myself in a position where I could win the race. No idea what happened behind me. I was chasing Sweeck and suddenly I was all alone."

Zilvermeer is the 20-year-old's fourth win of the season, after Koppenbergcross, Koksijde and Hamme-Zogge.

1. Wout Van Aert
2. Laurens Sweeck
3. Tom Meeusen
4. Mathieu Van der Poel
5. Rob Peeters
6. Bart Aernouts
7. Corné Van Kessel
8. Philipp Walslebem
9. Jens Adams
10. Wietse Bosmans
In the women's race, Sabrina Stultiens prevailed from a close battle with Ellen Van Loy and Sanne Cant, ending the Belgian champions recent winning run. The Dutchwoman has had a decent season so far, notably finishing second in Koksijde.

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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 14, 2014, 18:57
Tom Meeusen, Lord of the Bunnyhops™.
https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/B41OfIDCMAEbP4n.mp4
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2014, 20:13
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I'm quoting this for one of the minor sponsors on Wout's jersey. Everybody who's ever been roadside at a race in Belgium will know them ... and their jingle.

Dü-dü-dü, Rodania! :D
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 14, 2014, 20:22
Who are they?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on December 14, 2014, 20:28
Who are they?
It's a (Swiss) watch manufacturer. Sponsoring virtually every Flemish race since time immemorial, and running the car that drives ahead of the race.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Of2T_Hwi6g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YcauL5kROY
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 14, 2014, 20:37
I see.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 19, 2014, 14:45
Essen tomorrow, hometown of Styby.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on December 19, 2014, 15:22
It's a (Swiss) watch manufacturer. Sponsoring virtually every Flemish race since time immemorial, and running the car that drives ahead of the race.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Of2T_Hwi6g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YcauL5kROY

It is rather like that old BBC series Tripods, which scared the hell out of me as a kid and riffed on the idea of HG Wells' alien invasion having been a success. You could hear them coming from far away but you could only guess at what the outcome might be.

Given the unique topography of this fine country, in amongst which one can often hear things over long distances, the Rodania jingle has become part of the excitement of waiting for a Belgian race, but in truth it is really a sort of infectious irritant. Everyone thrills to hear it only for its significance as herald of the great spectacle, even while the jingle itself is ridiculous.

A couple of years ago on a bitterly cold afternoon at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Rodania car could be heard from afar and when at last it arrived on the Molenberg where I was standing, it promptly bottomed out on the worst of the cobbles.

I can tell you that, as it scraped painfully along, desperately trying to free itself from the savage stones before the race traffic arrived, everyone laughed heartily and a shaft of sunlight broke through the thick clouds to let us know that, if there was a God, He was at rest that day and, surveying His creation, He saw that it was good.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 21, 2014, 17:50
POW! Pauwels Knocks Out Namur
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Today wasn't the muddiest Namur has ever been. However, the races produced by the dry circuit rivalled any before. Kevin Pauwels took victory on the Walloon course, extending his World Cup lead, and equalling Van Aert in win count.

In the Elite men, the race started with two slightly lesser known riders coming to the front, the Swiss Marcel Wildhaber (Scott) and Sascha Weber, (Veranclassic). These two held the lead for almost three laps when Meeusen decided it was time to make a move. This fragmented the group, leaving just Van der Haar, Pauwels and Van Kessel. He had eight seconds when Lars Van der Haar came after him with a blistering attack. He soon caught him, and it looked like the two were going to build a handsome lead when Pauwels made his move on the hill.

The three came together at the start of lap 5, and Pauwels immediately tried his luck, to no avail. The trio stayed together, for the most part, until Van der Haar and Pauwels went into the pits at the end of the lap, and Meeusen immediately gave an all-out attack. A panicked shot in the dark? One has to think so, as he fell way back immediately afterwards. He would come in fourth, 1'24" behind. Right then, Van Kessel came up to the Pauwels group.

Van der Haar saw Meeusen falling back, and tried an attack himself. He disappeared like a bullet from a gun, and got a huge gap. McCrossan was left shouting, and I was thinking of a catchy headline mentioning Lars or Jack Russells. Van Kessel took up the chase of his compatriot for the majority of the lap. However, almost directly after Pauwels went in front of him, he slipped off his bike under the trees! This left Pauwels on his own, and Walsleben, who previously had gone almost unnoticed, in third.

After the crash, Pauwels began the chase in earnest. It took him over a lap, but finally he bridged the gap. With two laps remaining, they crossed the line together. There was a little bickering over who would do the work, and because of this, Walsleben was catching up. He was 14 seconds down. The duo stayed together for the second lap. On the laatste ronde, Pauwels looked close to cracking the Dutchman on the early hill, but it was on the off-camber section where the damage was done.

Fatigue seemed to affect Van der Haar, who made a few mistakes. However, Pauwels was totally flawless, ekeing out a larger and larger gap. He kept this gap for the rest of the lap, and took victory by ten seconds.

Walsleben chased all the way, and came in third, nineteen seconds down, and finished over a minute ahead of Meeusen, who must have really cracked over the final few laps. Van Kessel was fifth, and in a great result for the Swiss, Marcel Wildhaber came home in sixth.

"I had a small gap before the off-camber and I rode it well," the victor says, while Van der Haar is disappointed, saying "I wanted to ride the off-camber first, but I couldn't see anything, and I lost the race there."

Pauwels now leads the world cup with three hundred points to Meeusen's 223.



Kevin Pauwels
Lars Van der Haar *nl
Philipp Walsleben *de
Tom Meeusen
Corné Van Kessel *nl
Marcel Wildhaber *ch
Rob Peeters
Jens Adams
Sascha Weber *de
Julien Taramarcaz *ch

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Pauwels receives barrel of beer

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In the women's race, world champion Marianne Vos, on her first day back at the office, jetted away from the field on the very first hill. She led for a few laps, and it looked like she would nitch her first win only forty minutes after throwing her leg over a cyclo-cross bike for the first time in ten months. However, she was gradually being reeled in by Katerina Nash. Nash continued to increase her advantage, thanks to Vos' very poor penultimate lap. She crossed the line first, in her first World Cup victory since 2011. Compton came in third, over a minute down.

As far as the World Cup goes, Sanne Cant still leads, but has had her advantage cut to single point over Compton.

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Nash is given beer, Vos isn't, Vos smiles
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 29, 2014, 16:35
Preview of Loenhout: http://www.podiumcafe.com/2014/12/29/7459863/new-years-cx
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on December 30, 2014, 16:50
Review: http://www.podiumcafe.com/2014/12/30/7468023/the-kids-are-alright

Post Merge: December 30, 2014, 21:51
Baal preview: http://www.podiumcafe.com/2014/12/30/7469115/time-for-nys-race-its-baal
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 11, 2015, 15:33
Nationals

*be

1. Klaas VANTORNOUT
2. Tom MEEUSEN
3. Wout VAN AERT
4. Sven NYS
5. Kevin PAUWELS

1. Sanne CANT
2. Ellen VAN LOY
3. Githa MICHIELS

Surprise result but anything could have happened today and the best runner won, even if he has been sick recently. Great race, all told.

*nl

1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL
2. David VAN DER POEL
3. Lars VAN DER HAAR

1. Marianne VOS

A family affair ...

*fr

1. Clément LHÔTELLERIE ;)
2. Clément VENTURINI
3. Francis MOUREY

1. Pauline FERRAND-PRÉVOT

How many jerseys, PFP? :D

*uk

1. Ian FIELD
2. Liam KILLEEN
3. Lewis CRAVEN

1. Helen WYMAN
2. Nikki HARRIS
3. Annie LAST

*ch

1. Julien TARAMARCAZ

*de

1. Marcel MEISEN

*it

1. Marco FONTANA

*es

1. Aitor HERNANDEZ

*usa

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER :D
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 11, 2015, 15:45
https://twitter.com/AustinCityParks/status/554288182779330560


Some hysterical responses in that twitter feed.  :lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 11, 2015, 15:47
https://twitter.com/jeffvolkmer/status/554294300322693120

https://twitter.com/nyvelocity/status/554294673897160705

https://twitter.com/jeffvolkmer/status/554294687041744896

https://twitter.com/nyvelocity/status/554295777305309184

 :P
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on January 11, 2015, 17:46
Nationals

*de

1. Marcel MEISEN

*be
Surprise result but anything could have happened today and the best runner won, even if he has been sick recently. Great race, all told.


Meisen won by MINUTES!
Reviewed Belgium: http://www.podiumcafe.com/2015/1/11/7527569/vantornout-back-with-a-bang-takes-driekleur
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 14, 2015, 08:51
Newly crowned national champion Clément Lhôtellerie has not been selected to represent France in the upcoming Worlds in Tabor.

Selector Pierre-Yves Chatelon says that Lhôtellerie has delivered insufficient results in previous World Cup races to justify selection and would start too far back on the grid anyway. Chatelon claims the rider himself appreciâtes the différences between the course at Pontchâteau and Tabor.

Meanwhile hotshot youngster Clément Venturini will stay U23 for this edition.

Élite men: Fabien Canal, David Menut, Francis Mourey

Élite women: Lucie Chainel, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Caroline Mani, Marlène Petit

U23 men: Fabien Doubey, Joshua Dubau, Lucas Dubau, Clément Russo, Clément Venturini

http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/La-france-sans-son-champion/527832 (FR)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: cj2002 on January 31, 2015, 14:16
Yahoo! Grande Pauline!

Double rainbow and quadruple national champion. Full credit also to the GB girls finishing 4th and 7th.

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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: froome19 on February 01, 2015, 14:17
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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on August 10, 2015, 15:49
It's winter in Australia and thus time for the Aussie CX nationals.

The elite men's race was pretty thrilling with a war of attrition leaving two guys to duel it out on the final few corners.

And then this happened ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPLlbWbFltA
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on August 10, 2015, 16:21
It's winter in Australia and thus time for the Aussie CX nationals.

The elite men's race was pretty thrilling with a war of attrition leaving two guys to duel it out on the final few corners.

And then this happened ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPLlbWbFltA
This thread's back! Is it cross season yet? --
And what the f-...?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on August 11, 2015, 13:48
Gripping story in today's Het Nieuwsblad. I thought I had better share it with those of you who are not aware of the quality journalism from Flanders' most cycling-friendly newspaper.

Quote from: Unmissable news from Het Nieuwsblad
Mother of Sven Nys: "What do all these women want?"

After separating from Isabelle, things seem back to normal for Sven Nys (39). There's been some gossip lately about a new love in his life but gossip is just what it is according to his mother Vera, even though she accepts that Nys does get female attention.

Sven is, after his much-discussed breakup, probably the most eligible bachelor in Flanders. Recently there was a beach volleyball tournament in Baal, where he lives. According to witnesses, the rider had to fight off the women and his mother knows that they're crowding after him. "Sven regularly gets love letters in the post. Women telling him their feelings ... you know, that stuff. But Sven doesn't answer them."

Yet Mama Vera does sound a little worried. "Sven has been a year without a partner now and a man isn't made to be alone. My son doesn't say much but I think he's open to a new love. I think he needs to be really careful with girls who offer themselves on a silver platter. What are they upto? Are they really in love with him or is he just a nice trophy for them?"

It would, I think y'all would agree, make an interesting change for CX megastar Nys to be picked up as a trophy instead of picking up trophies himself.  :lol

http://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20150811_01813471 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on August 19, 2015, 16:25
Nice to see the whole team modelling it.
https://twitter.com/sven_nys/status/633624447048617984
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on September 03, 2015, 10:16
The UCI has decided to ban the use of water bottles during CX races.

Until now, bottles had been allowed in conditions greater than 20 degrees Celsius.

http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20150902_01847429 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on September 03, 2015, 14:12
Until now, bottles had been allowed in conditions greater than 20 degrees Celsius.
Well, frankly, CX races shouldn't be allowed to be held in those conditions in the first place. :P

By tradition, a CX race ought to feature at least one (but preferably several) of the following:
Rain, near-freezing temperatures, wind, beer, Belgians, frieten, steps, mud, tight turns, sand, snow, ice, more beer, more mud. :lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on September 24, 2015, 07:25
http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2015/09/22/ic-bid-world-cup-cycling-event/72583698/

Iowa to have a world cup round in 2016 ?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on September 24, 2015, 09:18
"Is this heaven"
"No its the Iowa Cyclo X course; when we built it we had a strange hunch that you would come"...
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on October 16, 2015, 22:50
Anyone intend to be in this thread this season? Just me? May as well spam then!
https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/654944904968314880
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on October 17, 2015, 07:48
I know about the women, I've been fairly well cross -examined about them. For a start,  I don't even know who'll be riding, and when they'll start. I love women's CX - as I say in the piece, and I'll probably do one for the women in the near future.
Does it really matter who I have first? I wanted it right to left or left to right, and I didn't want to put Van der Haar and Pauwels #1 and #2.

Sent from my GT-I8200N using Tapatalk

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 17, 2015, 10:18
I'll pop in.  Last winter was the first time I had tried to follow CX, having been grabbed by the Milton Keynes race, and found it good entertainment, sufficiently to be disappointed to discover I have missed some races already.

Don't expect me to be able to comment on history of the sport or anyone other than the front runners.

What's a good page to have bookmarked at this time of year for main headlines/making sure I don't let races slip by unnoticed?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on October 17, 2015, 13:35
I'll pop in.  Last winter was the first time I had tried to follow CX, having been grabbed by the Milton Keynes race, and found it good entertainment, sufficiently to be disappointed to discover I have missed some races already.

Don't expect me to be able to comment on history of the sport or anyone other than the front runners.

What's a good page to have bookmarked at this time of year for main headlines/making sure I don't let races slip by unnoticed?
cxstats.com is good for results. I'll be doing pieces on podiumcafe.com
Otherwise, CN and Velonews are good. Oh, and cxhairs.com

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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on October 17, 2015, 15:04
Gotcha - when I first read it, I thought that it was a ranking. Now I understand that it's actually simply a list of the eight most likely main protagonists for the season - so as you say, the order doesn't matter  ...   :cool
Ah - no. I think it'll be Wout vs Mathieu, with Wout having the upper hand!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on November 06, 2015, 14:28
https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/662631597536100353
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on November 28, 2015, 17:17
BUMP!

Tomorrow the Flandrienscross. You can watch it through the Sporza website using HOLA, even Neill Rogers can do that.

Enjoy the show peeps.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/matchcenter/mc_wielrennen

Thanks Murrjt for pointing to this not very often used topic  ;) ;)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on November 29, 2015, 15:32
WOW

What a race, did see it for about five minutes due to a total stream blackout, thanks Belgica for getting in the finale of that stupid Davis Cup!

It is getting boring as hell this season, Wout van Aert, Wout van Aert and Wout van Aert again on the podium today, taking a clean sweep...

1.   Wout van Aert   in 58'26"
2.   Sven Nys   op 18"
3.   Kevin Pauwels   1'04"
4.   Lars van der Haar (Ned)   1'25"
5.   Mathieu van der Poel (Ned)   2'00"
6.   Laurens Sweeck   2'04"
7.   Julien Taramarcaz (Zwi)   2'32"
8.   Tom Meeusen   2'35"
9.   Michael Vanthourenhout   2'41"
10.   Corné van Kessel (Ned)   2'59"
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on January 10, 2016, 16:57
https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/686217945018667008
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 12, 2016, 09:26
If the odds on Van Aert's victory in last weekend's Belgian CX Nats were pretty short, there was plenty of interest in the offbeat stories of the day. One of them was this one:

Joeri Adams finished in 13th place and duly won the Elite without Contract national title. Here he is on the podium:

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What's remarkable is how miserable he looks about it, as he did when he crossed the line. It was notable enough that I spotted it while watching the race.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/svnkzl.jpg)

The reason turns out to be simple: on January 1st his pro contract ended and was not renewed. Hence the rather pathetic picture: he's riding on the bike and wearing the kit of his former employer but he has no job.

A news article from Sporza explains this anomaly. Possibly he did a deal where at least he could keep possession of the bike until the end of the season if he wore the kit or something like that: January 1st may be a neat contractual date but it is right in the middle of the CX season.

Still more bizarrely, his former team seemed keen to take some of the credit for Adams' 'win', describing it on the team's official website, where the erstwhile employee is quoted thus:

"I still think I'm worthy of being a professional rider, so it was hard for me to be happy about this".

If that wasn't enough, the website then appears to gently criticise Adams for his lack of enthusiasm, claiming that he "might have shown a little more respect for a national title."

Only in Belgium. :lol :P

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/extra/opvallend/1.2543395 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 12, 2016, 09:39
Before Joeri Adams ran away with the title that Guy Denuwelaere has made his own for the last billion seasons (see above), the U23 Men gave us their own particular brand of excitement, starting their national championship race with a mass pile-up.

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The ugly mess that ensued forced a restart - a rare occurrence in cycling of any discipline - with shoo-in race favourite Eli Iserbyt a DNS as a result of his injuries.

Iserbyt's fall appeared to be the source of the damage but it was not hard to see how being stepped on by other riders caught behind might also have hurt.

U23: plenty of skill, bags of motivation, zero commonsense.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/matchcenter/mc_wielrennen/cat_veldrijden/Comp_BK_veldrijden_2016/1.2538834 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 13, 2016, 08:28
Just a few weeks off retirement, Sven Nys has given clear notice of what he intends to do with his future.

The CX legend, whose Cycling Centre is already being built in his native Baal, was present yesterday at the Belgian Federation's team leadership training course along with current teammate Sven Vantourenhout and former roadman Kevin Hulsmans.

Ready to join Telenet-Fidea as a DS for the 2016-17 season, Nys commented that the course was very comprehensive:

"How should you behave when you're driving as a team leader behind a platoon? When can you drive behind the leading group? When should you stay behind the pack? As a rider, you don't often think about such things. Sometimes it's about best practice, but it can also be about regulations and even unwritten rules. There's still a lot to deal with."

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2545090 (NL)

Meanwhile Marlux DS and former CX and road pro Mario De Clercq, who was also present at the above course, has decided to quit his current role.

The Marlux team, formerly Sunweb-Napoleon Games, has endured a difficult season with both leaders Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout struggling to deliver consistent results at the highest level.

About to turn fifty and become a grandfather, De Clercq explained that he now needs to spend more time with his family and that it is time for a new generation.

Perhaps ironically, the arrival of a new generation in CX is probably the cause of Marlux's apparent mediocrity rather than a lack of form with the team's ageing leaders.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2544006 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 25, 2016, 11:13
Surprise and, in some quarters perhaps, consternation as the Dutch selector has named Lars Boom for the CX World Championship race next weekend.

The former World Champion turned Astana road pro looked overweight at several Euro events last month and amazed spectators by performing execrably on each occasion.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/runy9d.jpg)

After giving several interviews which sounded more like apologies, Boom disappeared from the 'cross scene and re-emerged at the Tour Down Under, where he already looked to be in better shape.

Despite these encouraging signs, Boom's selection for Zolder still raises eyebrows as the Netherlands looks to back its young star Mathieu Van Der Poel, who aims to repeat his 2015 world title.

National coach Lammerts explained that he had "chosen Lars for his experience" while Boom himself claims that his condition is good and his back problems have improved.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2555593 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on January 25, 2016, 20:50
https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/691722534094512128
In which I make a fool about myself, and proclaim DEATH TO SKILL!!!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 25, 2016, 23:39
https://twitter.com/PodiumCafe/status/691722534094512128
In which I make a fool about myself, and proclaim DEATH TO SKILL!!!

The great duels between Albert and Nys don't seem about to be re-enacted by Van Aert v Van Der Poel, that's for sure, but the gap between VDP's superb genetics and everyone else may narrow as some of the youngsters improve. Or else VDP will dominate for a couple more seasons and then quit in favour of a road career, where he has also shown strongly already.

What you didn't mention about this season is that it probably represents a curtain call for the dominance of the older generation of Nys, Vantornout and probably even Pauwels. Even before that, Albert had been sidelined and Wellens retired. Now, in addition to Van Aert and VDP, we have Sweeck, Vantourenhout, Aerts, Van Der Haar, Vermeersch and a host of other upstarts, with Meeusen awkwardly straddling that big age gap.

Oddly enough too, the spotlight has altogether skipped what is now a lost sub-generation that included Teunissen (road), Bosmans (sick), Adams J and Baestaens (both underwhelming as seniors).
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LaVelocipede on January 30, 2016, 17:37
Van den Driessche, unreal.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 02, 2016, 12:28
I was in Berlin last weekend and saw nothing of the CX Worlds which consisted, so far as I now understand, of both scandal and excitement.

There is something of a press scrum here in Flanders over the Van den Driessche story, not least because she has allowed several tearful interviews and the frituur owner who allegedly owns the offending Wilier has been forked in the sleepy town of Buggenhout where he refused to comment on anything except to admit that the bike was his.

All of which overshadows what were thrilling races, particularly in Femke's own category and that of the senior men, where Wout Van Aert conquered the difficult conditions to take the rainbow jersey.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 04, 2016, 10:34
It's been an annus horribilis for Marlux-Napoleon Games. With just two televised wins for the season, lacklustre performances from leaders Pauwels and (especially) Vantornout and DS Mario De Clercq out the door, 2015-16 will be a year to forget.

Team boss Jurgen Mettepenningen admits as much in a brief interview with Het Nieuwsblad following yesterday's win in Maldegem by Marlux neo-pro Michael Vantourenhout.

However, the team intends to bounce back next season. While Mettepenningen would not discuss whether or not Vantornout's days with the team were numbered, he did state that he was negotiating for flying Dutchman Lars Van Der Haar and that De Clercq's shoes would be filled by one of Richard Groenendaal, Danny De Bie or Jan Verstraeten.

http://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20160203_02108140 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on February 04, 2016, 11:27
he did state that he was negotiating for flying Dutchman Lars Van Der Haar
Huh. Decision-making time for Lars:
Go 100% 'cross with #sunweb or keep the option of a road career with #giant?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 04, 2016, 11:34
Huh. Decision-making time for Lars:
Go 100% 'cross with #sunweb or keep the option of a road career with #giant?

Perhaps #giant might want a clearing out at the end of the season. VdH is obviously improving in CX and he delivers good results. He doesn't have that much to show from the road races he's done.

Meanwhile I would say that VdP is definitely capable of 'doing a Boom' in the coming seasons. If he turns to asphalt and does it soon (as I suspect he will beyond 2018), then it depends on Van Aert's career choices too, but that would leave VdH in the top 5 in the world on the mud.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on February 04, 2016, 11:54
Lars Van der Haar has always denied he would one day focus on the road. I read an interview of his in 2014 for Wielermagazine in which he considered himself a "creditable" roadie but a top crosser and so his choice is quickly made. When he was World Champion for the first time in the U23 ranks, Renaat Schotte asked him whether he would one day switch to the road, he answered "no because I find road racing boring!!"  :lol At that time, he was just a kid, so "frank & free" but it's vintage Van der Haar "rough & ready", just as we love him.

Michel Wuyts argued that the new Sven Nys team was negotiating for him too but I don't know about the reliability of that info.

The Marlux were not so bad actually. Michael Vanthourenhout has been a very good rookie and Pauwels is where you expected him, given the fact that there's no match on the two 21 year old prodigies. KP is probably the 4th best of the season. Lars is now a better rider than him, which was expected. Last year KP was a notch above Lars but every year that passes is of course in Lars' favour due to age.

Even before the Worlds, I don't think we could argue that the gap between Van der Poel and Van Aert was so great. Remember that Wout has been on his toes since September, at least one cross a week, a hectic Christmas period, at age 21, it's insane what he's done this year. Mathieu having been out for two months, is obviously the fresher rider. Freshness matters a lot in cyclocross. That's why roadies can get a way with championship wins, capitalizing on crossers exhaustion. Besides, Wout rather let it go on the last World Cup events, only to secure the overall win and focusing on the Worlds.

In the junior category, Wout could not hold a candle to Mathieu. Wuyts explained that all of sudden he grew up by 10cm (I think) and was suddenly much stronger physically. That's how in his 2nd year as a U23 (while Mathieu was U23 #1), he levelled it off with Mathieu and was able to beat him regularly. I got the info that even at the start of this season Wout took one more centimeter compared to the previous year, lol. At age 20  :D But now he hopes that it stops, lol. It's a big disadvantage to be too tall for cyclocross.

So the gap between Mathieu and Wout has certainly already been reduced by now. 
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on March 06, 2016, 11:01
To be Frank, van Aert has stepped two gears last summer imho. Where he and van de Poel would race just one race with the elites in a weekend last year he now dominated the saturday AND the sunday races this season, untill van de Poel came back at Koksijde.

Mano a mano I dont think van Aert will beat van de Poel very often when having the same build up or the season in the next years. I think they have simular physical possibilities but van de Poel's technique is far superior.

That said, I dont think van de Poel will be a long time member of the CX World, he has other plans, and given his genetics who would argue him pursuing higher goals...
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on March 06, 2016, 12:15
In what other country would they host a two-night arena event to celebrate the career of a pro cyclist?

That's what Belgium had this weekend as CX legend Sven Nys said a long and very glittery goodbye to friends, family, VIP-package subscribers and the ticketholding general public at Antwerp's Sportpaleis, a venue normally reserved for stadium rock bands.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2w2g2u0.jpg)

It was also an opportunity for Belgian national broadcaster VRT to film the last footage for an upcoming documentary series on Nys' final season in the saddle.

On sale this week in newsagents everywhere across the country (or across Flanders at least), there was also a special single edition magazine entitled Sven in which the man from Baal talks about his career, personal relationships and probably offers a few cookery recipes too.

Nys will remain in the sport as the new DS at Crelan-Vastgoedservice. Expectations will be sky-high as the man himself looks to convert his own pedigree as a racer and a Boonenesque willingness to communicate with all and sundry into the hard currency of team management.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on March 06, 2016, 14:00
In what other country would they host a two-night arena event to celebrate the career of a pro cyclist?
And in what other country would they do it for someone who isn't even a 'real' (read road) cyclist? :P
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on March 06, 2016, 17:21
In what other country would they host a two-night arena event to celebrate the career of a pro cyclist?
What will they do when Tommeke retires in 2025?

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on March 08, 2016, 19:58
Promising CXer Gianni Vermeersch is unlikely to be riding for Marlux-Napoleon Games next season, according to team DS Jurgen Mettepenningen.

"I haven't spoken with Gianni, he's currently on holiday," says Mettepenningen. "We'll talk when he comes back. A possible move to another team is one of the points for discussion."

Vermeersch is nevertheless contracted to the team until 2017.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2594585 (NL)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on May 12, 2016, 09:09
https://twitter.com/ds_stef/status/730660767549280256
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on May 12, 2016, 11:11
https://twitter.com/ds_stef/status/730660767549280256

Lars to Telenet.. Interesting. Makes sense for Lars to make the step and get support from riders like Meeusen. Plus plenty of Dutch riders there anyway, with the likes of Van Amerongen and Van Kessel. But a move to a cx team means the transition to the road for Lars is at least a little while away, which is good.

Would have been nice to have a Dutch (or German) cx team though, to compete with the Belgian teams.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on June 14, 2016, 14:21
https://twitter.com/CXHairs/status/742707448016973824

Race Radios in CX :fp
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on June 14, 2016, 15:10
It had already existed and then was prohibited ...
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on June 14, 2016, 17:53
It had already existed and then was prohibited ...
What's the point of radios in CX?

For the rider to radio to his staff "I'm changing bikes next time, be ready"? I can't think of any other use really.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on June 15, 2016, 10:54
Albert finds the reform weird. Not the right to radios which he finds a good idea but the fact it is still banned for DS, only reserved for mechanics. He thinks that DS are also partly mechanics and are also involved in the tyre pressure choice of the riders.

Source: Het Belang van Limburg.

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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on June 15, 2016, 12:17
Albert finds the reform weird. Not the right to radios which he finds a good idea but the fact it is still banned for DS, only reserved for mechanics. He thinks that DS are also partly mechanics and are also involved in the tyre pressure choice of the riders.
As far as I understand it, nothing stops a DS from filling the role of mechanic at a race and get radio info from the rider?

He's being contrary for the sake of it, going to the media instead of requesting additional information from the UCI first.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on June 16, 2016, 11:50
Koppenberg Cross changes route. It will start at the foot of the climb and with an uphill finish just like during the first two editions.


Source: Gazet van Antwerpen

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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on August 08, 2016, 15:39
Laurens Sweeck wins the Tour of Namur


(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/755435LAURENSSWEECKGvA20160808.png)

(Today's GvA)

He based his overall win in the 13km ITT in Jemeppe sur Sambre. He does not consider himself a specialist in the lone effort but can do well. He's not surprised because he already had done very well in ITT's before (I don't know what performances but well let's trust him).

The team controlled the final stage on the Citadelle of Namur: Michael Boros, Julien Taramarcaz, Kevin & Jelle Cant and his twin brother Diether (though the latter retired with 30k to go, job done).

Laurens had already won a stage in the Tryptique ardennais.

Laurens still has to race in St-Truiden, de Schaal Sels and the GP Leuven on the road before sarting his cross season in Geraardsbergen on 9/11 :P

One thing strikes me. In recent years, pro riders were not eligible to racing X.2 races in Belgium. That was a reform from 2010 or so. So riders like Albert raced equivalent races in France in paticular. It now seems that the Belgian fed revised their judgement.  :cool
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on August 11, 2016, 15:03
(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/870614MICHAELBERVOETSBELANG20160810.png)

At Niels Albert's request Crelan Vastgoedservice has signed Michael Bervoets, 15 year old "novice"/"nieuweling"/"débutant" of Heusden-Zolder. He's a Limburger and that's why the news comes from Het Belang.  :D

Even though he was contacted by former rider Johan Verstrepen.

Las year his father was already stunned at how they were busy following the youth. Yesterday morning Niels Albert was already on the races busy giving advice and support. Niels would like Michael to start with Crelan on 1 September bu this can only be wih the permission of his former club Lensworld but they had no problem with it either.

Being a part of Alberts team is a dream for a young rider. Michael nodded. He's looking forward to upcoming training sessions in the Vosges that he will do along with the pros !!!

At Crelan they contracted Jan Verstraeten - former Sven Nys manager - who will be busy with the youth.


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They really take them in the cradles.  :lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on August 23, 2016, 11:31
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/857706JOERIADAMSGvA20160823.png)

Joeri Adams contracted with the new Kalas team and replaced KDL Trans. Remember how sad he was winning the Elite w/o contract Nats.

There he will race with Sophie De Boer, Bart Verschuere or Jari Crollet
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on August 31, 2016, 10:53
The crosses of the so-called Brico Cup will be live on VTM this year.  :cool

Geraardsbergen on 9/11

Meulebeke on Oct 8

Bredene on Dec 30

Maldegem on Feb 1

Hulst on Feb 12

Commentaries b Merijn Casteleyn and 4-time World Champion Roland Liboton

Brico Cup is no ranking though, just those events are gathered together. It's DIY store Brico's return to cycling 18 years after they co-sponsored the infamous Mapei Bricobi team.


(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/443522CYCLOCROSSGvA20160831.png)
(GvA, today)

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on September 20, 2016, 18:52
Very good article on *us Elle Anderson and what it takes to race in Europe:
http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/into-the-heart-of-darkness-the-story-of-elle-anderson_420173 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/into-the-heart-of-darkness-the-story-of-elle-anderson_420173)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on September 26, 2016, 15:51
Thibau Nys wins his first cyclocross as 1st year Novice/Nieuweling/Débutant whatever you call it in Hoboken and beat a pack of older riders.

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/858045THIBAUNYSGvA20160926.png)

Today's Gazet van Antwerpen
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on September 29, 2016, 12:51
Wout is pulling out of the Neerpelt GP next Saturday. His wounded left big toe is still aching. (http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/917311VANAERTBELANG20160929.png)

There's still a decent field though with Laurens Sweeck, Michael Vanthourenhout, Tom Meeusen and Limburger Quinten Hermans

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/867864VID09637003.jpg)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: just some guy on October 07, 2016, 07:28
https://twitter.com/ellacyclingtips/status/784270819828441088
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on October 31, 2016, 23:55
(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/167572JAPPEJASPERSGvA20161031.png)


Jappe Jaspers will turn pro on 1 January with the new team led by Nick Nuyens with Niels Albert as cross coach and with Crelan as main sponsor. So says the regional extra of the Gazet van Antwerpen on this Monday.

Thereby Jaspers becomes the youngest ever pro cyclocrosser, at age 18 and 4 months. With Wout Van Aert, Tim Merlier, Stan Godrie, they will form a cyclocross quartet in this cross/road team. He’ll remain active in the U23 ranks, the nats aside and will keep on carrying out his study in photography.

Jaspers showed his climb talent in a 3-day race in Germany. Nick Nuyens sees more in him than just a crosser.
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He finds it rather boring the turn along in a peloton

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but with the pros I will get enough distraction. Go and fetch bidons, racing at the front of the peloton and more of those things.  That means to me. I’ll gladly execute what is expected of me. Though in the first place, it’s still the idea to grow up in this job
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on November 03, 2016, 15:36
I remember having already read an article about Jappe Jaspers it was on 25 October in the Gazet van Antwerpen but I didn't have time to post it.

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/367014JAPPEJASPERSGvA20161025.png)

At the Niels Albert Cross in Boom, Jappe was 10th, racing witth the pros and thereby grabbing his very first UCI point while he's just starting to digest the transition towards the U23

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This sole UCI point makes a gigantic difference for me because I can now start with a better position on the line.  In the youth category, I usually set it myself. This can mean a big step forward. At the start I had trouble with the tempo.  Now it's imposed upon me by older riders who also  had a better prep on the road. On the road I still raced with the juniors. They already raced with the U23.

In Gieten, Ronse and Zonhoven Jappe was twice 2nd U23 year #1 and once first.

His next objective was a selection for World Cup events and for the Euro championship [that failed, I think?] and he hopes to be selected for Zolder because then a dual selection may be sent.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on November 04, 2016, 15:40
(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/173316MATHIEUVANDERPOELHLN20161103.png)(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/590064MATHIEUVANDERPOELDEmORG20161103.png)

Yesterday's Het Laatste Nieuws & De Morgen

Mathieu Van der Poel had an offday on All Saints Day for the Koppenberg Cross, something that he cannot understand. He was not sick nor injured but he doesn't worry for the rest of the season. The day after the race was a recup day like any other recuperation day: loosely riding in am, a nap after lunch and then consulting the kinesist.

He thought that he might not have recovered from the trip from Pontchateau but knows that that cannot be a logical explanation. He was with the Belgians on the plane and they had no trouble with that trip. He doesn't go further than "maybe a bit exhausted".

He doesn't even believe that his cut short summer preparation ma have an influence on this off-day

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Because so far I consistently performed. If my basis was not large enough I would have had more ups and downs. I understand people's surprise because I don't get it either. It rarely occurs to me, such an off-day. It wasn't fun but I've decided not to break my mind about it. The coming weekend we shall see if there's something wrong with but right now I start from the assumption that everything is okay and that I soon can get my normal level back.

Only ...

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/501031VANAERTGvA20161104.png)

(In Gazet van Antwerpen)

Both Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel pulled out of the Schelde Cross in Antwerp, next Saturday. They are both still scheduled to race Ruddervoorde though. After Ruddervoorde Wout is going on holiday in Spain for a week in order to recuperate for the rest of the season and thereby will miss Niel (traditionally held on Armistice Day 11/11) and Hasselt on 11/19. None of them are ranked events.

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Wout would like to show his rainbow jersey but we should beware of overdoing. He also wants to be fit for the Worlds late January and that's why it's wise to fill in some gas back.

says his manager Jan Verstraeten. His trainer also feared he raced too much. See the thread dedicated to him.

Mathieu also pulls out of Niel but races Ruddervoorde and he stays in Belgium.

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Due to his knee injuries Mathieu didn't have an ideal preparation for this cross season and shouldn't ... [cannot translate]. The season is still long enough.

says Adrie.

Lars Van der Haar also pulls out of Sint-Niklaas. Toon Aerts, Laurens Sweeck, Tom Meeusen, Kevin Pauwels, Klaas Vantornout and Michael Vanthourenhout are present though.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on November 04, 2016, 16:14


[cannot translate]

"Shouldn't run past himself" literally, meaning he shouldn't do more than his body can handle. Which seems wise.

It's too bad for those events, but the cross season is long and tough, it's perfectly normal to take a little break when there is an opportunity. Also gives other riders a chance to go for a win.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on November 05, 2016, 10:58
Thanks SR. By the way, just realised that I posted my post yesterday on the General News Thread while I intended to post it on the 2016/17 season thread. Lol it was on Friday late in the afternoon and the week has been long.  :D ;)

But I agree. I think it's sort of relieving me that Wout finally takes a rest because even though I admire his dedication, I guess at that rhythm he would never be in contention for the World title in January and he's still only just 22. Mathieu hasn't been as active so far this year but with a disturbed preparation, he should be careful. He doesn't believe it was the reason for his counterperformance on the Koppenberg but perhaps he's still too young and unexperienced for such comments. I guess we may trust Adrie for that. And he's only just 21.

If I remember well, when Lars did his first season with the pros, at age 21 as well he skipped all the BPost (now DVV) races in order not to overload his calendar. He did the same the following year. Michael Vanthourenhout is not racing evrything either. Now at age 25 Lars is racing everything of course but at age 21/22 it's normal not to race as much as an in-prime rider. However it's possible that Wout & Mathieu are more resistent than Lars is, since they are physically more strongly built.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: davebeck on November 06, 2016, 05:04
I am reading this forum from last two days and felt good to join, but can't ride cycle as it is ashamed  to have in life.
I see all of you like cycling and when I was young liked to ride mac cycle by bending shoulders
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Archieboy on December 18, 2017, 07:36
Evie Richards wins at Namur this weekend. In the podium photo, now that is what I call a winning smile.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on January 13, 2018, 16:41
Right on target, with Flemish TV currently showing a short series called DNA Nys, retired champion Sven's son Thibau wins the Nats  *be for his category. His arch-rival Dante Coremans was fourth.

A few weeks ago, Nys Senior prompted a few raised eyebrows during the TV series when he claimed that there were many other youngsters at the same level as his son and that only time would tell if the lad, who seems to prefer road racing, would turn out to be a good rider. Modesty or a bit of gentle trolling? :P
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Archieboy on February 03, 2018, 15:17
Double gold for GB today at the world's with Evie Richards and Ben Tulett both being successful.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on February 04, 2018, 17:17
Two more exhausting races today - must be one of the hardest hour and bits of effort in any sport  - really tough for riders today, but great to watch.  Shame for Pidcock but you can't win em all, and I was astonished re the Elite Mens, that will take some getting over.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: t-72 on February 04, 2018, 20:01
I was just looking into this thread, looking for explanations of why the favorites both failed today?
None of them seemed to master the pressure, but  #rainbow van Aert seemed to be riding more economically on the soft ground and run a lot better than van Poels?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on February 04, 2018, 21:19
Still its hard to fathom re Van Poels, so dominant all season, but on the one race he would have traded the other 24 wins for he goes off possibly to fast, and then just cant live with v-A.  We all have off days but after the tragedy of last year this is really tough to take, so not only does his biggest rival three-peat, but he gets to wear that jersey every week again next year - that is a whole mountain of hurt.  Still they are both so young that hopefully this is a series that will run well into the next decade. 

[Chapeau though to v-P for getting back into 3rd when it looked possibly lost and then having a real go for silver, I am nor sure that mentally I could have done that if whatever you did your biggest rival was going to keep the jersey][let's face it I couldn't have done it even in a parallel universe but even for a world champion / world cup winner I though that was impressive]
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 05, 2018, 14:38
The media here have sought to explain the cause of VdP's poor result variously as poor tyre choice, a rare off-day (see upthread) or the assumption of the dreaded "Curse of Sven Nys" (dominant everywhere except at the Worlds).

However, the only individual in CX these days, other than Wout or Mathieu, more likely to cause waves in the media is VdP Senior, who is perhaps a sorer loser than his son. During the race yesterday, where unlike the UCI Flemish TV always has a journo in the pits to question team managers, Adrie had this to say:

"If the gap reaches two minutes, it is not normal ... [Van Aert] is riding around, but he does not breathe..."

Thus the heat of that particular moment seemed to be coming from raked over coals. Oblique accusations have been ignited in the past over medical treatments. But in a studio show later that evening, Flemish commentator Michel Wuyts defended Wout:

"Adrie van der Poel is making an insinuation and that is a dangerous game. From his words you could conclude that Wout van Aert is medically assisted and has taken cortisone."

Wuyts stated instead how the parcours favoured Van Aert and the seemingly opposite ways in which each of the two rivals had managed his peak form coming to this point of the season. But he reserved his sharpest comment for last:

"Mathieu is now 23, I think it's high time he got a real trainer [instead of his father]. He needs a good trainer to show him how to organise his season."
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on February 05, 2018, 19:35
Oh yes and for reasons unknown UCI geo blocked uk coverage of men's elite race... There was no live coverage elsewhere so had to wait for a delayed Eurosport highlights package with extended ad breaks that skipped from lap 1 to lap 4 without explanation.  Really shambolic handling of the world champs by UCI in a big cycling market
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: rote_laterne on February 05, 2018, 21:59
Oh yes and for reasons unknown UCI geo blocked uk coverage of men's elite race...

Yes, that's a bad joke. I enjoyed the U23 women's race though, especially the third place of Nadja Heigl.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 06, 2018, 07:32
Oh yes and for reasons unknown UCI geo blocked uk coverage of men's elite race... There was no live coverage elsewhere so had to wait for a delayed Eurosport highlights package with extended ad breaks that skipped from lap 1 to lap 4 without explanation.  Really shambolic handling of the world champs by UCI in a big cycling market

It was blocked here in Belgium too, as have been all the World Cup rounds. The reason is the same as for the UK: if any sort of broadcast rights have been purchased (live or highlights), the feed is blocked.

Here Telenet bought up the World Cups and part-sponsored them, while the national broadcaster, which consequently ran only delayed highlights of the Cups much to my irritation, showed the World Champs live.

A Firefox plugin gets around the YouTube block easily enough though. I've been able to watch all of it, even if I do get stuck with McCrossan and his appalling pronunciation. The other guy doing the ladies is monotonal but much better.

2017 was a bad year for the national broadcaster's rights purchasing here. For the first time I can remember, we didn't get any RCS Sport races (Giro, MSR, Tirreno, etc) and it was admitted in a brief news article that they got outbid or couldn't afford the package. I had to watch those races on crappy Eurosport NL instead. Bizarrely though, we did get Lombardia.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on September 16, 2018, 15:14
Nice and deserved win for Lars Van der Haar  on the Kapelmuur.  :) :cool Wout Van Aert was 1 minute ahead but then really missed a turn, broke his derailleur and had to run to the pit area** which was quite far from where he crashed.

Wout restarted 15" behind Lars and was still possible but crashed again due to too much pressure.

Surprised 3rd place for Daan Soete. Nice to see Kevin Pauwels still 5th against all these youngsters. It seems that he considered retiring at the end of the season. I hope not.

1 Lars Van der Haar *nl
2 Wout Van Aert  #rainbow
3 Daan Soete
4 Toon Aerts
5 Kevin Pauwels
6 Laurens Sweeck
7 Quinten Hermans
8 Jim Aernouts
9 Tim Merlier
10 Corne Van Kessel *nl
11 Tom Meeusen

** Sorry for my anti-English borrowing obsession but I find it appalling that the organisers themselves named that area "pit area" in English instead of "mechanische zone" but well I guess I'm on a losing battle here.  ;)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on September 16, 2018, 15:43
Sounds more fortunate than deserved, but thanks for the heads up that it is time again to start looking in odd streams for this winter entertainment.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Leadbelly on October 25, 2018, 08:34
Here's a fun idea from Canada on how to handicap the best rider in the field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8Msn2uk_jY

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At Southern Cross in Manitoba, Canadian Danick Vandale had to split wood mid-race. The activity was imposed on the dominant rider as a handicap by Team Manitoba coach Jayson Gillespie. It's just one in a series of handicaps imposed on the strongest riders in Manitoba that has also included eating a quarter of a pumpkin pie mid-race and carry their bikes for an entire lap. At Southern Cross, Vandale took the win by 2 min 14 sec over the second place rider.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on February 02, 2019, 15:15
I didn't have much freedom to watch cyclocross this winter but I've got a weekend free at the right moment, for the Worlds in Bogense  *dk.

Unbelievable hat-trick for Sanne.  :cool Who would have thought that she could have add two titles to her first one after Bieles  *lu.

Hats off to Lucinda. I saw her crash in the pit but it seems that she crashed twice earlier in the race, which I missed. And yet, she could pressure Sanne till the end, remaining 5" behind for much of the final lap. Nys thinks Sanne would still have won without Lucinda's crashes. I think Sanne is faster in the sprint, isn't she? Anyway.

Hats off to Marianne too, still there after all these years, never leaving cross despite her amazing road palmares.

And final word, the Bogense port is lovely. Typically Scandinavian.  :cool Great setting for cyclocross. I didn't know that the route was also World Cup last season.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on February 02, 2019, 16:41
Yes, nice race in Denmark. I wasn't much of a fan of this parcours initially as it seemed too easy, but the slight rain actually made it a nice, balanced parcours.

Maybe the Dutch should have made better use of their numbers here to tire Cant out, but to be fair the strongest rider did win. Brand did well and had the most pure power probably, but staying on your bike is a big part of racing, and Cant was technically superior.

Vos, as always, fought to the end. She didn't quite have the top form she'd need to win here, which is a shame as the parcours could be well suited to her.

Looking forward to tomorrow. The nature of the parcours means it will be hard for Mathieu to go clear in the first lap, so we could have an actual race on our hands. And the parcours could play into the hands of Lars van der Haar as well - if he doesn't crash trying to jump over the obstacles.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on February 03, 2019, 15:00
Oh yes and for reasons unknown UCI geo blocked uk coverage of men's elite race... There was no live coverage elsewhere so had to wait for a delayed Eurosport highlights package with extended ad breaks that skipped from lap 1 to lap 4 without explanation.  Really shambolic handling of the world champs by UCI in a big cycling market

One year on exactly same story....    :angry
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: LukasCPH on February 03, 2019, 15:44
One year on exactly same story....    :angry
Quite simply, they shouldn't be allowed to geo-block the livestream in a country if there isn't a live TV broadcast there, only delayed highlights. :fp
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Mellow Velo on February 03, 2019, 15:50
Quite simply, they shouldn't be allowed to geo-block the livestream in a country if there isn't a live TV broadcast there, only delayed highlights. :fp

2 words:
Eurosport player.
Home of cyclocross live coverage in the UK.

Seems they have become quite partial to holding cycling fans to ransom.
Not so, fans of tennis, snooker or snowy sports.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: t-72 on February 03, 2019, 21:21
AFAIK the UCI streams are open only in countries where no broadcasters have licensed it. From what Mellow Velo is posting, I assume that is Eurosport licencsing cyclocross in the UK. Here, it's *no TV2 and they do a decent job with it - which means a Norwegian commentary even if there are no Norwegians in the race (our cycling association is utterly bankrupt following the successes of the mountain bike worlds at Hafjell and the road worlds in Bergen.)

I have to pay for access, but for the same money I also get any ski races hosted in Switzerland, all the ASO races plus the Norwegian races - well worth the money for me  :)  I am quite fluent in English and I do understand the English commentaries quite well (the guy commenting CX wasn't the hardest one to follow anyway) but - it is much better in my own language. If you want cycling in the national press and on TV, someone has to pay for the journalists. Only the English think they can get it for free ?  :P

(I also value that while previously I recorder almost every race and sports events I wanted to watch, now they more or less do it form eand I can stream it when I am home from work/skiing/cycling/whatever.)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: t-72 on February 03, 2019, 21:31
Yes, nice race in Denmark. I wasn't much of a fan of this parcours initially as it seemed too easy, but the slight rain actually made it a nice, balanced parcours.

Maybe the Dutch should have made better use of their numbers here to tire Cant out, but to be fair the strongest rider did win. Brand did well and had the most pure power probably, but staying on your bike is a big part of racing, and Cant was technically superior.

Vos, as always, fought to the end. She didn't quite have the top form she'd need to win here, which is a shame as the parcours could be well suited to her.

Looking forward to tomorrow. The nature of the parcours means it will be hard for Mathieu to go clear in the first lap, so we could have an actual race on our hands. And the parcours could play into the hands of Lars van der Haar as well - if he doesn't crash trying to jump over the obstacles.
sorry for almost forgettting to comment on the racing.

IMHO the steep sideslope section was very decisive today and Mathieu van der Poel won by being the technically most proficient of the strong riders. The others had to work harder to catch up, time and time again, and when they are not stronger that will eventually fail. 

In my opinion, in CX they should have an alternative competition format, like sprint in XC skiing: short distance and knock-out competetions. This year there have been very many "boring" races, especially in the men's elite class because after half time van der Poel would be oceans ahead just cruising to the finish line. (Yep, this happens in XC skiing too, Therese Johaug is back).

The women's CX races have been a lot more interesting to watch, and yesterday was no exception.  Sanne Kant's win against 4 dutch racers was quite impressive. 
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on February 03, 2019, 21:46
Quite simply, they shouldn't be allowed to geo-block the livestream in a country if there isn't a live TV broadcast there, only delayed highlights. :fp

I can live with that: it's not as though I am going to have to try hard to avoid hearing spoilers: my neighbours are not having a barbecue and shouting about each twist and turn of it live.

What is not acceptable is the really bad editing: The programme started with the riders about 200m into the race: no build up at all, and no interview clips from after.  During the race, MvdP was a few seconds ahead of a group of about 7, they went to an ad break, and on return he and WvA had a 25 second gap on anyone else.  If you need to take ad breaks while broadcasting live, that can happen, but it is inexcusable in what is meant to be selected highlights.

Even worse in the Women's race, they managed to avoid showing whatever mishap befell Lucinda Brand in the pits, the defining moment of the race.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on February 04, 2019, 09:07
Has it often happened this season that Mathieu be caught back after an early attack in the first laps, though he managed to eventually break away for good afterwards and win with quite comfortable margin. Commentators seemed to suggest it wasn't Mathieu at the top of his form. I haven't seen much of him in action this season. When I could watch a cyclocross, he wasn't there, like in Overijse. If I dare to suggest, it seemed that Mathieu still has trouble to deal with the pressure of a major event like the cyclocross Worlds but that his amazing talent made the rest.

Anyway, he's now a dual World Champion, which is to be expected for a rider of his caliber. Had Wout won 4 in a row, I would say there's a real problem. It would suggest that Wout is the best rider of his generation which he definitely isn't (let's not forget that he won the title in Bieles thanks to better equipment). I still believe he's second best, despite Toon's amazing season.

So no Nys' syndrome for Mathieu. No need to wait for his last years to get a second title. Perhaps he'll feel less pressure from now on.

By the way, he's at 27 wins, this year, isn't he? Nys in his best winter (2004/5) was at 30 wins. Reputedly Roland Liboton won 32 races in 33 but I wasn't able to check that. It sounds like a myth to me.  ;) But Mathieu is a better rider than Nys was, this I'm sure of.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on February 04, 2019, 19:29
There's still a few races left and we're still a month away from the start of the road season, but the end of the cross season feels at hand now. I do look forward to seeing Mathieu in his well-deserved rainbow jersey.

Some commentators suggested Mathieu had a slight cold, maybe that's why he wasn't at his very best. He didn't dominate from the start, but this wasn't the ideal parcours for that. Van Aert and Aerts still had to go really deep to keep up with him, and both paid for it in different moments of the race. Even without the sideslope, Van der Poel would have won comfortably.

Van Aert was definitely at the strongest we've seen him this season, but he still doesn't seem at the level he showed in previous years. With the talent Van Aert has, he should be challenging Mathieu consistently, rather than being on level with Aerts. I recently read an article that suggested Van Aert's focus on the road is costing him his cross form: he is a few kg heavier, which is great for Paris-Roubaix but not so much when trying to follow Mathieu van der Poel on a steep hill in the mud. No idea whether there is anything to it, but it could be one explanation.

Aerts, right now, is more consistent. Over the whole season, Aerts was for me definitely the second strongest, ahead of Van Aert. He has made an impressive step up this year, and if Mathieu should choose to focus on the road and/or MTB, Toon seems ready to win a lot more titles. Although upcoming riders like Iserbyt may have something to say about that, too.

For a number of years, I've been hoping Lars van der Haar could show the kind of improvement Aerts did this year. He still hasn't managed anything like that. His technical limitations continue to harm his chances, although he does retain the ability to do very well in specific races he targets. Not quite well enough for this WC though, unfortunately.

It was an interesting world cup, with a well deserved winner. Now just two classifications for Mathieu to lock down, and he can happily finish his best and most dominant cross season yet.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: L'arri on February 04, 2019, 20:00
VdP did not display quite the sort of dominance we have seen from him but the super fast course and the improved surface conditions (Saturday was far worse) surely levelled things out. Meanwhile he is mixing in endurance training during the week now and that will also take a toll on him. Even so, you could still see he made fewer mistakes than everyone else once he got into space at the front.

Van Aert burned up matches to get back on only to lose it time and again in all sorts of little ways and with him, in the end, I think a lot of the gap was mental because it took the return of Aerts for him to buck up and charge forward again. Aerts was just Aerts, as always, super strong, big engine but a slow starter who takes a good 30 minutes to get hot.

That was how I saw it anyway, for what it's worth. It sort of summed up the season except that I would have preferred Aerts to get silver because he has been the bigger story among the Belgians this year.

On a similar note, I was also a bit disappointed by Brand. I know she is technically far less proficient than Cant who was, as usual, completely reliable and has been ever since she hit form. Brand screwed up so many times that I had to agree with the CyclingTips view that the fall in the pits was by no means the main cause of her collapse. The many who claim it was have been watching the highlights instead of the whole race. And Brand, like Aerts, has been the revelation of the season, really, taking a big step up. Perhaps the stripes were a lot to expect but it would have made a fine story.

Pidcock just destroyed the U23 race and Alvarado didn't have it in the end of hers. Both nice races though and the future looks pretty bright for the sport in terms of the next wave of stars.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: t-72 on February 04, 2019, 20:36

Some commentators suggested Mathieu had a slight cold, maybe that's why he wasn't at his very best. He didn't dominate from the start, but this wasn't the ideal parcours for that. Van Aert and Aerts still had to go really deep to keep up with him, and both paid for it in different moments of the race. Even without the sideslope, Van der Poel would have won comfortably.

For a number of years, I've been hoping Lars van der Haar could show the kind of improvement Aerts did this year. He still hasn't managed anything like that. His technical limitations continue to harm his chances, although he does retain the ability to do very well in specific races he targets. Not quite well enough for this WC though, unfortunately.

VdP did not display quite the sort of dominance we have seen from him but the super fast course and the improved surface conditions (Saturday was far worse) surely levelled things out.
.....

Pidcock just destroyed the U23 race and Alvarado didn't have it in the end of hers. Both nice races though and the future looks pretty bright for the sport in terms of the next wave of stars.

To try to link this, I think the Dutch team raced a bit more tactically with the obvious goal of winning the championship with van der Poel. I don't think they would appreciate Toon Aerts sweeping a final field of 4 dutchmen plus himself, like we saw Sanne Kant do. 
I think they used Lars van der Haar as an early pacesetter. He was often on the front on the early rounds, stretching the field a bit and clearly (in hindsight) he did this in a way that for him wasn't sustainable for the 12 rounds, as about midway he was clearly done for the day. However, this was probably also causing some pain for the fields well-known slow starter.....
The Belgians tried counetering with Vantourenhout (i think it was him), attacking, van Aert didn't follow, leaving the dutch to chase.

(These CX tactics are very common from XC races as well. I mean XC ... skiing of course :angel It is less teamwork than in a road race but still not completely everyone vs everyone when the championships are to be decided)

The Dutch strategy was (I think) taking an example from the UK victories in the men's junior and U23 classes, with a decisive attack about midway from the strongest rider of the day. It is not the first time we see a successful men's elite winner in the worlds copying the strategy of winners of the age-bracket classes. Road Worlds Ponferrada comes to mind with Kwiatkowski attacking just like Bystrøm, but there are more examples I am sure. If it works once, even twice, on the same course, why not just do it again? KISS principle...

PS: get CX on winter olympics  :cool




Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on February 05, 2019, 19:15
I recently read an article that suggested Van Aert's focus on the road is costing him his cross form: he is a few kg heavier, which is great for Paris-Roubaix but not so much when trying to follow Mathieu van der Poel on a steep hill in the mud. No idea whether there is anything to it, but it could be one explanation.

In my opinion, there sure is a cause to effect link about Wout's weight. In 2016, during the Tour of Belgium when he beat Tony Martin in the prologue, I heard he weighed 77kg. Too heavy for the Ardennes stage back then, everybody said but I just realised that it is normally speaking way to heavy for cyclocross racing. I was even surprised that afterwards he was still so efficient in crosses, especially on muddy hilly courses, the only types of courses he could hope to beat Mathieu. Normally if you are heavy for a cyclocross rider (let say 75+ kg), you would dig trenches in the mud and rather hope for a fast road-like course, in dry condition (or else courses with long running sections like Francorchamps, which suited him best or the Koksijde of old in dry conditions, where tall men Erwin Vervecken used to win lots). With Wout, it was the opposite in the past two seasons (before this one, I mean). It's quite unlogical but then again, he's got to be an exceptional talent.

What also surprises me is that Toon Aerts is even taller than him, also quite heavy (but on the web I rather see 72 kg, I question that) and a very technically gifted rider. It also goes against logics.

I'm also very disappointed with Lars. I guess that the new training methods at Fidea, based on powermeters and all that is much more suited to Toon than to Lars. Remember that Tom Meeusen left the team disgusted. Though well Tom and Lars are not really the same type of riders either. In his first two seasons, Lars was such a promising rider but of course back then nobody could see how quick Mathieu and Wout would get beyond his level... :( By the way, I've just learnt that Lars lost his sister to cancer, a few years ago. He was so close to her. I'm wondering how much the tragedy affected him. :(

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T-72, oh no please, no Winter Olympics for cyclocross!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 10, 2021, 22:43
Nice to see that Anthony Turgis crosses back. 7th today at the Nats. Even Kevin Ledanois and Lilian Calmejane were here. I didn't know that they crossed. Venturini combining both, that's known. I'm also glad for Menut, the farmer.  ;) Cyclocross inspires more and more roadies in France. It would be nice to see Alaphilippe back but I guess he has so many objectives on the road that that would only be wishful thinking. By the way, Steve Chainel still there. I thought he retired long ago.  :o

1. VENTURINI Clément AG2R CITROEN TEAM en 1h03'29''
2. DUBAU Joshua TEAM PELTRAX-CSD 00:12
3. MENUT David CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE 00:36
4. GUILLAUD Valentin LAVAL CYCLISME 53 00:36
5. BOULO Matthieu VC DINANNAIS 01:13
6. GRAS Yan AAA SÖRIUS 01:43
7. TURGIS Anthony TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE 01:57
8. LEDANOIS Kevin TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 02:10
9. CHAMERAT DUMONT Antony VC VILLEFRANCHE BEAUJOLAIS 02:21
10. TROPARDY Arthur CYCLES DARNANVILLE-ADRIS 02:21
11. MORICHON Mathieu TEAM ROYALBIKESHOP.COM 02:33
12. CALMEJANE Lilian AG2R CITROEN TEAM 02:38
13. HUMBERT Valentin TEAM S1NEO-GRAAL-BJORKA 02:44
14. DUBAU Lucas TEAM PELTRAX-CSD 02:57
15. CRISPIN Mickaël CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE 03:12
16. CHAINEL Steve CROSS TEAM LEGENDRE 03:35

Lire la suite : https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/86023/cc-championnat-de-france-elites-hommes-clement-venturini-1er
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 15, 2021, 10:02
https://www.msn.com/fr-be/sport/actualite/fabio-aru-participera-au-championnat-du-monde-de-cyclo-cross/ar-BB1cJ6IN?ocid=msedgntp


Fabio Aru Will Take Part in the Cyclocross World Championships

The Italian rider, 2015 Tour of Spain winner, will race the Cycocross Worlds in Ostend as a build-up race for the road season. He's already been 10th at the Nationals in Lecce.

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The first race with my new team. The most important thing is that I had a lot of fun. I felt like a child racing his first race. It's my passion, it's my sport.

Aru received permission from his new team Qhubeka-Assos to keep on racing cyclocross in the weeks to come.

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I'm in without any ambition. I'll resume road racing in February. I'm closely observing Mathieu Van der Poel, Wout Van Aert and Thomas Pidcock, the way they handle it in the fields.

Aru has also been 5th at a cyclocross in Cremona.

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Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 25, 2021, 14:23
Brilliant race in OverIjse yesterday - WVA wins but MVDP so so strong; set fair for Ostend next weekend.  But for these two carrying on Cross Pidcock would be on top of the world!

Looking forward to world champs and seeing how this competitive cross season on the back of a breakout road year will work for both - I am not as concerned about this as Big Phil!

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 25, 2021, 19:25
How privileged you are ! I had to miss it.

If I'm well informed, it's the first time Overijse is a World Cup event. The "Druivencross" ("Grape cross")[1] is most probably the most prestigious of them all in Belgium. In the eighties, its organisers were the driving force behind the creation of the Superprestige which it remained a part of till 2000/2001. From then on, Overijse was known as a lone cross ("een losse cross" they say in Dutch) until yesterday. Still in the noughties, it remained one of the most coveted of all crosses. The one that the top guns really wanted to win. Besides, I think they organised a sort of special challenge, a huge money award for any riders to win 3 times in 5 years or something of the kind. To my knowledge no rider won that special trophy. Nys won three in a row from 2011 to 2013 but I guess that challenge was scrapped by that time. Besides, by the turn of the decade, the regular challenges - World Cup, Superprestige and GvA Trophy (X²O now) - were really growing in importance and top riders started to skip Overijse, every year. So now perhaps, it was necessary to be a part of a regular challenge again but I did like the idea of a cross being so prestigious to stand alone and keep its prestige.

It would be interesting to see how these riders recover for the Worlds. Until the mid-noughties, the final World Cup event, one week before the Worlds was Wetzikon, Switzerland. I wish I could've seen that because it was a very heavy route and a real classic, remnant of the era when Swiss dominated the sport. Back then there was a saying. He who wins Wetzikon and went all out for it would never recover for the Worlds because the route was so hard. Then, the final World Cup events was set on plan fat routes in the Netherlands, in Pijnacker in 2004 and in Hoogerheide in 2006 (occasionally also in some other places, Milan or Lanarvily but all of these were relatively flat). So it was easier to recover from that. Now Overijse is known as a Swiss like, mountainbike-like route. So let's see how these boys recover. 


Oh and so eventually, Aru won't race the Worlds but Stybar will : https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/stybar-to-ride-cyclo-cross-worlds/
 1. Overijse is known as a grape place It's just 2k away from where I live  ;) (https://streekproduct.be/sites/default/files/styles/gallery/public/gallery/druiventelerFilipLuppensOverijse-fotoLukCollet-2744.jpg?itok=CNigf9_s)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 25, 2021, 21:17
Thanks Echoes - very interesting stuff.  Noticed in commentary - so wiki'd it - that it has more editions than years of existence - it seems that from '77-'88 it was raced twice a season - what's is the story there?  A pre and post Xmas pair of races?

Plus I'd now love to try a glass of Overijse - I'll raise a glass to you echoes when I track a bottle down over here!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 26, 2021, 08:51
Echoes - do you think Styby has a serious shot at Bronze - I would love to see that - a three time champ rolling back the years and claiming a podium spot?

On another level - just hope the event goes ahead as planned.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 26, 2021, 19:46
Thanks Echoes - very interesting stuff.  Noticed in commentary - so wiki'd it - that it has more editions than years of existence - it seems that from '77-'88 it was raced twice a season - what's is the story there?  A pre and post Xmas pair of races?

Plus I'd now love to try a glass of Overijse - I'll raise a glass to you echoes when I track a bottle down over here!

Ah yes, Overijse used to be held twice every winter, I don't know why that was but that's how Roland Liboton #rainbow set a record, perhaps for eternity : 16 victories. I don't know if any rider has ever won close 16 times the same race but Liboton did that. I even remember an interview of Mathieu Van der Poel a few years ago. He was asked if he knew who held the record out there and he knew it the whole story.

On top of my head :

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Roland Liboton, 16 times. But according to me, it was raced twice a season back then. So if I win it eight times, it's gonna be OK.



 :lol

Sadly, only one winegrowing family in the Overijse area are still making wine out of their grapes : the Luppens family. Their wine cellar is called "Soniën" (which is probably named after the nearby forest "Zoniënwoud" in Dutch or "Forêt de Soigne" in French) : https://www.sonien.be/. The cellar is especially known for their sparkling wine but they also produce ordinary wine. In the fifties, there were many more Overijse wines, sparkling wine in particular but with the advent of the European integration, they suffered more and more from the competition with French and Italian wine. So now most winegrowers are just selling their grapes as such.

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Echoes - do you think Styby has a serious shot at Bronze - I would love to see that - a three time champ rolling back the years and claiming a podium spot?

Hardly possible in my opinion. If I'm well informed, Styby hasn't raced a single cross this season. So he would probably lack technical reflexes. In 2014, when he got the title back after being already a full time roadie, he had raced a couple crosses and capitalised on his freshness against cyclocross specialists who had already raced a full season. This time, the season was shortened, so everybody will have save energy for this major event. They will all be fit. And don't forget he'll be far behind at the start.  Besides, if I understand correctly, it was a last minute decision, given the fact that many season-opening road races are threatened to be cancelled. I think it would be a great performance if he makes it into the top10 but it's already nice that he's showing up.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 26, 2021, 20:03
thanks - very interesting stuff on all matters - and yes wise words on Stybar - I'd forgotten about the grid position on top of everything else!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 30, 2021, 12:33
Sorry to quote myself, it's not really decent but I thought it was nice to look back to a Gazet van Antwerpen article from 29 September 2016 [from the 2016/2017 Season Preview (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=8182.0) Thread) :

Belgian Championship on 8 January will be held in Ostend. For the 100th edition Belgian fed have designed a temp bridge linking the beach to the hippodrome.  :lol

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It's will be the first ever cyclocross nats in Ostend.

Socialist mayor Johan Vande Lanotte said he did everything to make sure that riders take the beach. Besides, they ambition to organise the Worlds in 2021.

It will be a 2650m route including 1342m on grass, 480m on the sand, 413m on cinder, 80m on asphalt and 335m on the bridge, the eyecatcher of the route. 8 meters above the railway (I think it must be the coast tram). The finish will be on the hippodrome.

Paul Herygers claims it's a route for Wout Van Aert who can make use of his power and running capacities. (Well every route are for Wout Van Aert, I guess)

It's not a real hard route, says the former World Champion but there are hard passages like the one whereby the riders are leaving the beach to take the bridge but it will be a nice championship, he says.

So it seems they fulfilled their ambition, four year and four months later.  :D I don't know if the route remains roughly the same, let us see. As expected Van Aert won that event quite comfortably but that season, there was no match on him on the Belgian scene. 

Post Merge: January 30, 2021, 12:42
I don't know if I shared that article. I think it will be previously unreleased. It's from the Krant van West Vlaanderen, 30 September 2016 (Krant van West Vlaanderen is a weekly, published every Friday). I don't have time to translate right now but might come back to it later on

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Post Merge: January 30, 2021, 16:23

What do the West-Flemish riders think about it?

So Michael Vanthourenhout [then aged 22] was then about to race his 4th Nats (in 2017) and he said that it would be something special because he had never raced on a beach before. He referred to the Zilvermeer in Mol but the Zilvermeer is a lake and a lake beach is not comparable to a sea beach. He thought that the bridge length and the extra vertical meters would be in his favour. In rainy conditions, he thinks that the race would be even harder if only for the fact that the beach sand section would easier rideable.

Diether Vanthourenhout (by then aged 31 and coming a bit stronger after a disappointing 2015/2016 season) agreed with his younger brother that it was going to be something special. He rather pointed towards the fact that there were a lot of straight line section. He knew the hippodrome quite well as he went there a few years before to visit the cross-country running nationals. He compared the course to the 2014 Waregem Nats (then won Sven Nys of course). He was wondering whether the beach section would be running or riding [as far as I remember, in 2017, they were mostly riding, all of them]. The weather might be the decider and he thinks unlike his brother that in bad weather it would be running on the sand which would be even more in Van Aert's favour than it already is. It would be a hard race anyway.

Gianni Vermeersch [then 23] was then living 20 km from Ostend [I don't know if he moved house since] and found always fun to race in his own area. His attention was mainly focused on the bridge because the highest bridge they had to cross until then was in Hamme-Zogge but it wasn't higher than 100m. The Bridge in Ostend is 129m ascent (335 m in total). It would be quite an effort, certainly when you keep in mind that you would've just finished a heavy section (the one on the beach).

Eli Yserbyt [by then a rookie aged 18 agreed with Diether Vanthourenhout that it would be something for the big motors, with a lot of straight line sections. He read that the bridge was 8m above the ground with a 21% gradient and concluded that it would weigh in the finale. He also thought that they might have to run on the beach. A lot will be decided by the weather. If it's freezing cold, it would be a fast speed tactical  cross. He doesn't wish it. If it's rainy, they could ride on the beach but the section on the hippodrome would be hard. He had an appartment on the coast, so he was often riding on the beach. He also compared it to Waregem 2014.

Klaas Vantornout [meanwhile retired] had also often trained on a beach like in Lombardsijde [that's 15 km West of Ostend, Freddy Maertens hometown as part of Nieeuwpoort] but never raced, which made it something special. With ebb and flow, it's gonna be something rare. Organisers surely had considered that issue. Tyre's choice : slicks as wide as possible but then there's that section on the hippodrome on which he never rode. So it might after all be rhino. The distance between the bridge and the hardest part of the beach is very long. Perhaps it can be ridden through with the necessary speed but this would certainly no longer be possible on the return.


So the cost for that Belgian Nats was evaluated at 900,000€ (how much more for this year's Worlds?). They expected between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators (I don't know how many actually there had been?), 1,500 VIP's and 2,000 people staying for the night in Ostend. The Hippodrome is named after the Duke of Wellington : "Wellingtonrenbaan"  :lol I didn't know that. The finish on a hippodrome is unique for the spectator to watch. Obviously there's a high screen to follow the race. The organisers of the nats were the cyclocross and road cycling committee Hooglede-Gits - that's the town that organised the 2007 cyclocross Worlds (also in the West Flanders province but much further in the inlands).

Paul Herygers was co-designer of the route and even though on the GvA article he said it wasn't such a hard route, he also thought that only the strongest could win it and that should've been Wout Van Aert (eventually was).

The bridge should've been ready on 15 December 2016 (while the nats were raced on 7-8 January 2017) but it was not accessible for the public. There are two lanes on it. It's 6 meters wide altogether. Of course, there can't be any spectators on the bridge but it's equipped with transparent safety nets (1,5 m above the lanes) so that the riders can be seen from the ground.

An alternative route was planned in case of extreme circumstances such as a hurricane, which occurred only every 25 years on the Belgian coast.

In history, two cyclocross riders came from Ostend. One is the late Norbert Dedeckere (1948-2015), former amateur World Champion in Prague in 1972 #rainbow and Charles "Charel" [as they named him in the newspaper] Vanhoutte, at that time aged 87 and still alive now at age 91. He was himself Dedeckere's "tutor" and later organiser of the "Noordzeecross" ("North Sea Cross") in Middelkerke, which he himself won in 1963 ahead of international stars such as Renato Longo  or Rolf Wolfshohl and despite that fact, he never was selected for the Worlds, which he's still angry about a half century afterwards.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 31, 2021, 11:58
I'm really glad for Lucinda Brand. She had been close to the title quite a few times. Now she's got her reward for tenacity.


This course is so special, I'm fond of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo7wjlTxZOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5AKGcAYZBg

Erwin is still very fit. The small bridge in the hippodrome is one on which he was World Champion (most probably the last title in Hooglede Gits).


He thinks that the beach section on hard sand will be crucial because at 3pm it will be high tide and depending on the wind, the water could come three meters further on the course. The second beach section after the short passage on the seafront, is hard. They would get into it at 40-45kmh and he thinks the best riders could make it to the bridge on the bike.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 31, 2021, 20:00
Oh my goodness, what a race !

(https://ds1.static.rtbf.be/article/image/770x433/0/1/f/543a78d293f2984127d7c642eb225818-1612106559.jpg)
(https://www.insidethegames.biz/media/image/196597/o/GettyImages-1230897852.jpg)
(https://images0.persgroep.net/rcs/lPCRsHF3WweAIdzPZXuJTHxa3vU/diocontent/181791189/_fitwidth/694/?appId=21791a8992982cd8da851550a453bd7f&quality=0.8)
(https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/VKiAHyGPBSigJqiCHeEttk-970-80.jpg.webp)
(https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/5s7jNQ8TYYJknCuBngWr7n-970-80.jpg.webp)

Van Aert seemed to have it hand during one lap and a half than had a puncture and had to let Van der Poel take the lead. He could come as close as 3 seconds from Van der Poel but the Dutchman negociated the bridge better and the sand section before the bridge as well. Wout seemed to imply that the puncture cost him the win but I'm pretty sure that Mathieu was in a better shape today. Still two to go for Mathieu to equal Erik De Vlaeminck's record. And I'm pretty confident that Wout will get a new title before the end of his career. Such a great rivalry that is !


Stybar was indeed very far behind on the start grid, actually dead last and then Michel Wuyts saw him move up to around 15th place on the first ascent of the small bridge (the one in the hippodrome). Then we never got to see him back on screen but he did finish 18th. It's a performance as such because only 20 riders out of 44 made it to the finish and he was one of 'em. Curtis White is the last finisher, the rider who had enough class to share us that route preview video above.

So 4/4 for the Netherlands ! Hats off for our Northern neighbours !  :cool However in terms of collective presence, Belgium is still there at least in the Men's Elite race. 6 riders in the first 8 ! Of course this is made possible by the sandy route, which is in our favour. A bit like in Koksijde 2012 when Belgium monopolised the 7 first places.


1   VAN DER POEL   Mathieu   *nl #rainbow   0:58:57
2   VAN AERT   Wout   *be   0:59:34
3   AERTS   Toon   *be   1:00:21
4   PIDCOCK   Thomas   *uk   1:00:34
5   SWEECK   Laurens   *be   1:01:02
6   VANTHOURENHOUT   Michael   *be   1:01:11
7   ISERBYT   Eli   *be   1:01:15
8   HERMANS   Quinten   *be   1:01:20
9   VAN DER HAAR   Lars   *nl   1:01:38
10   NIEUWENHUIS   Joris   *nl   1:02:12
11   VAN KESSEL   Corne   *nl   1:03:06
12   VERMEERSCH   Gianni   *be   1:03:18
13   KUHN   Kevin   *ch   1:03:26
14   SOETE   Daan   *be   1:03:54
15   GRAS   Yan   *fr   1:04:08
16   DUBAU   Joshua   *fr   1:04:25
17   MERLIER   Tim   *be   1:04:31
18   ŠTYBAR   Zdeněk   *cz   1:04:39
19   RÜEGG   Timon   *ch   1:04:47
20   WHITE   Curtis   *usa   1:05:30
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on February 01, 2021, 09:12
Yes indeed- what a race!

I agree with your perspective that even without the puncture MVDP was far from beaten - but that is cyclo-cross, and the luck goes both ways. Special mention to Toon Aerts - brilliant ride and strong commitment to hold off the ongoing charge of Pidcock; but for the two immortals an even greater prize for him.

I really enjoyed the course - thick sand, riding in the waves; cinder and that fearsome bridge. 

So honours partially shared - world cup to WVA / Rainbow to MVDP; a good shortened season - and now onto the roads for another season of the road rivalry.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on June 09, 2021, 19:45
(https://ds1.static.rtbf.be/article/image/770x433/b/e/7/cfdea3ada9e5646068d4288f9b9ad0de-1623162704.jpg)

https://www.rtbf.be/sport/cyclisme/detail_les-championnats-d-europe-de-cyclocross-auront-lieu-a-namur-en-2022?id=10778805

Namur will organise the next European Championship on 5 November.

Erwin Vervecken, former three-time World Champion #rainbow, will add a few extras to the regular routes used for the World Cup event of the last few years. He's adding two bridges making loops possible (I'm not fond of that. When they started the race in 2009, Namur was known as a route without any artificial obstacles, I like it better that way) and the section in superelevation which had been made easier in recent years because of a path that had been made will be made harder again, harder to get the right balance.

It should be this one, shouldn't it?

(https://zupimages.net/up/21/23/7juj.jpg)

Not really found of the European championship. Unnecessary addition to the already heavy calendar but still good for my family town and nice to see that cyclocross racing still exists in Wallonia.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on July 21, 2021, 17:05
Really excellent course (unless you are Toon Aerts ribs).

Love the road race that finishes there too but thats mainly down to riding in online on Tacx and being a Krists Nielands fan!

Can't wait for cross to start again this season.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on September 28, 2021, 00:09
Ostend may once again host the Cyclocross World Championship in 2027, this as a compensation for the 2021 Worlds held in particular circumstances - no spectators, no VIP - but apparently the Wielercomité Hooglede-Gits who organised the 2021 edition was not even informed about it. The town administration announced it.

https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20210927_95617296
(https://img.nieuwsblad.be/IYLC7sGfEYAYfjwZvnFJwfdyKxQ=/0x0:2446x1633/960x640/smart/https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.nieuwsblad.be%2FAssets%2FImages_Upload%2F2021%2F09%2F27%2Fd57c0f5f-7330-465e-8f82-83fe06d86ed1.jpg)
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on September 28, 2021, 11:12
That will be great Echoes - it was a stellar edition - even without crowds - be nice to get a chance to attend next time!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on December 26, 2021, 23:14
Echoes what did you make of today - too early in MVDP recovery to take much from it other than he is still significantly better than everyone else bar one?; and also perhaps that Pidcock was a bit disappointing today after last weekend?  Great WVA show though - thoroughly enjoyed it - although looking less and less likely that I'll see any in the flesh in 2022
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on December 28, 2021, 14:48
Echoes what did you make of today - too early in MVDP recovery to take much from it other than he is still significantly better than everyone else bar one?; and also perhaps that Pidcock was a bit disappointing today after last weekend?  Great WVA show though - thoroughly enjoyed it - although looking less and less likely that I'll see any in the flesh in 2022

Sorry, I couldn't see it live but Van Aert really seems dominant this season, which is amazing after a full road season behind the back. First to last lap solo and more than a minute gap ! I don't remember when he crossed back (last month?). I remember a few years back that Toon Aerts could handle him, now he's back to his former cross level. Zolder is the course where he got his first World title but it's not necessarily the course that suits him best. Van der Poel says everything is according to plan but a few seasons ago he would get in better shape quicker than that. It's a bit alarming but he's got time before the Worlds.
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on December 28, 2021, 19:54
and alas now not sounding too positive re MVDP's Cross season at all - will WVA be so coy about Worlds now???  Hope MVDP gets back on - but team will have more interest in classics prep
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 05, 2022, 17:11
wow - it was bad enough that worlds are in the US but now stripped of the two best riders by miles - sometimes literally.  So Pidcock's to lose now; otherwise a once in a lifeftime opportunity for the next best to step up and claim an unlikely rainbow jersey... but surely only injury or covid can stop Pidcock now?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 10, 2022, 20:30
I really don't understand Wout. Mathieu has had to cope with an injury, the way I understand it, he wouldn't be ready anyway but surely Wout could've been there. Jet lag is not so hard to deal with. Just one or two days for recovery is enough and then there's still three weeks before Het Nieuwsblad and another three weeks before the Tour of Flanders. Surely, nothing alarming. Perhaps he wouldn't have been at the top of his form but does it matter so much? He's always claimed he liked cyclocross more than road cycling. I can't believe he would favour Omloop to Cyclocross Worlds. Usually those who win Omloop wouldn't win a major classic afterwards. It's very hard to keep the good shape for such a long period. So surely he could've raced Worlds and then race Omloop without expecting anything and then build up for the classics. I guess the sponsors/team thought otherwise.

Pidcock is now certainly top favourite but I see that Van der Haar is getting back at his former level, so I really hope for him. It's now or never. That might bring us SR back.  :lol
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on January 10, 2022, 23:01
SR?
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on January 14, 2022, 15:16
SR?

Hi!
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Slow Rider on January 14, 2022, 15:22
I suppose Wout really wants his cobbled monument, and doesn't want to take any risks at all for that. Which is a shame, because like Echoes I think it should easily be possible to combine the Ronde and Roubaix with the cyclo-cross WC.

On the other hand, without Wout and Mathieu we could have a good, close race at the worlds. Pidcock is the favourite, but Van der Haar, Iserbyt, Aerts could also have a realistic shot - as could Vantourenhout, Hermans. Golden opportunity for all of them, so although I would obviously prefer Wout would participate, I'm happy the rest of the field gets a shot.

And Lars winning the rainbows would obviously be the dream :D
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on January 31, 2022, 00:01
Top favourite and best rider in the race won. No question about that ! However I doubt that this course under such weather circumstances really was World Championship material. It looked like reduced Strade Bianche, dirt road race, nothing close to a real cyclocross event. The weather conditions really were in Pidcock's favour and compared to his closest chaser, Lars van der Haar and Eli Yserbyt, the stairs also were in his favour, as he's taller, so he could take two stairs per step, Vervecken's style. This should also have been in Aerts' favour but he was quite disappointing. By the way, really a shame that Van Aert was no part of it. He wouldn't have risked anything on such course.

Also as Michel Wuyts pointed out, this was Pidcock's thirteenth race day this winter while Eli Yserbyt has now raced 34 events (Lars Van der Haar should be close to Yserbyt's figures).

But I'm glad to see Lars van der Haar back at his former level, after so many injuries and tragedies in the past years. His position on the bicycle is still as stylish as it used to be and always with the nose on the handlebar and the start.  :D
Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: t-72 on January 31, 2022, 20:00
Top favourite and best rider in the race won. No question about that ! However I doubt that this course under such weather circumstances really was World Championship material. It looked like reduced Strade Bianche, dirt road race, nothing close to a real cyclocross event. The weather conditions really were in Pidcock's favour and compared to his closest chaser, Lars van der Haar and Eli Yserbyt, the stairs also were in his favour, as he's taller, so he could take two stairs per step, Vervecken's style. This should also have been in Aerts' favour but he was quite disappointing. By the way, really a shame that Van Aert was no part of it. He wouldn't have risked anything on such course.

Also as Michel Wuyts pointed out, this was Pidcock's thirteenth race day this winter while Eli Yserbyt has now raced 34 events (Lars Van der Haar should be close to Yserbyt's figures).

But I'm glad to see Lars van der Haar back at his former level, after so many injuries and tragedies in the past years. His position on the bicycle is still as stylish as it used to be and always with the nose on the handlebar and the start.  :D

As I mentioned, the race conditions are quite typical of the southern US winter conditions. I did live further south (in Houston area) but winter post hurricane season typically brought drier more stable weather interrupted by some very unfamiliar 8for Europeans) cold fronts sweeping down across the continent bringing hailstorms, thunder, lightning and further north in the plains, not in Houston, the twist of tornadoes. These fronts typically doesn't stay for a week and strong sunshine through less leafy trees quickly dried out the mud, making the ground hard. I am not sure exactly what kind of substrate they had in Fayettewille as I had expected that dry ground to have more "frozen", hard, deep tracks that are a longitudinal obstacle to the racers, but perhaps those were just ironed out before the start.

The fast conditions could have been backed up by an obstave or two more, but the ones that were there certainly made the difference as many of the top racers struggled with the sharp, 90 degree turn into inverted V shape hill followed immediately by another 90 degree. *nl Fem van Empel lost the race there and *be Iserbyt also came off his bike there, unintentionally, but maybe not as decisive in the race as it was for van Empel. A couple of planks across the path would usually make less difference at these speeds?  A better alternative might have been a sand bunker, which would only take a half day to build with an excavator and really break up the course into fast and slow section requiring more muscle work which might have favored Iserbyt a bit more. He was always struggling in the fast sections, and couldn't hang on to his teammates' wheel good enough to make the team work function.

However, little doubt that Pidcock was the best racer out there yesterday.

Title: Re: General Cyclocross News
Post by: Echoes on December 05, 2022, 12:46
First battle between Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert this season in Antwerp. Dutchman won comfortably. It seems to me that Antwerp has more sand than ever before but these last few years I couldn't really watch cyclocross, so I can't really tell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKtDrxhloOs

And just in the good ol' days, Lars van der Haar was the fastest starter !  :lol I remember he was always the fastest in his first elite season and I've always wondered how he managed that. Normally taller riders have a huge advantage at the start while he should be one of the shortest cyclocross rider ever.  :lol