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2013/14 Cyclocross Season - The Big Preview
« on: September 30, 2013, 23:30 »
The Races:

UCI World Cup
The main ranking competition for the season and features  elite men, U23 men, junior men and elite women.
Belgium - 3 Races
Czech Republic - 1 Race
Netherlands - 2 Races  #rainbow
Italy - 1 Race
France - 1 Race
There is no US race this year (in 2013 the US staged the World Championships)
2012/13 Winners - Neils Albert *be Katie Compton *usa
20/10/13Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupValkenburg *nl
26/10/13Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupTabor *cz
23/11/13Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupKoksijde *be
22/12/13Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupNamur *be
26/12/13Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupHeusden-Zolder *be
05/01/14Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupRoma *it
26/01/14Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World CupNommay *fr
01/02/14Championnats du Monde / World ChampionshipsHoogerheide *nl

Bpost Bank Trophee
Formerly the Gazet van Antwerpen Trofee, the Bpost Trophee is the main belgian cross series. Held mostly around Antwerp it used to be raced on a points basis but in 2012/13 switched to a time basis. Any riders that do not start a race, fail to finish, or finish more than 5 minutes behind the winner, are automatically classified as finishing 5 minutes behind the race winner.
2012/13 Winners: Neils Albert *be Sanne Cant *be
13/10/13Bpost bank trofee - RonseRonse-Kluisbergen *be
01/11/13Bpost bank trofee - KoppenbergcrossMelden - Oudenaarde *be
16/11/13bpost bank trofee - GP HasseltHasselt *be
21/12/13Bpost bank trofee - GP RouwmoerEssen *be
27/12/13Bpost bank trofee - AzencrossLoenhout / Wuustwezel *be
01/01/14Bpost Bank Trofee - G.P. Sven NysBaal (Tremelo) *be
08/02/14Bpost bank trofee - KrawatencrossLille *be
23/02/14Bpost bank trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs OostmalleOostmalle *be

The third of the season long Cross competitions. Normally based in both Holland and Belgium this year it appears to be in Belgium only. Sven Nys has won 12 of the last 15 editions including 2012/13. The only other riders to win  in that period are Zdeněk Štybar *cz (2010), Bart Wellens *be (2004) and Richard Groenendaal *nl (2001)
27/10/13 Superprestige Ruddervoorde Ruddervoorde *be
03/11/13Superprestige ZonhovenZonhoven *be
10/11/13Superprestige Hamme-ZoggeHamme-Zogge *be
17/11/13Superprestige GavereGavere *be
29/12/13Superprestige DiegemDiegem *be
09/02/14Superprestige HoogstratenHoogstraten *be
15/02/14Superprestige Noordzeecross MiddelkerkeMiddelkerke *be

USA Cat 1
18/09/13CrossVegasLas Vegas - Nevada *usa
05/10/13Providence Cyclo-Cross FestivalProvidence - RI *usa
02/11/13Cincy3 Lionhearts International – Cross After DarkMason - Ohio *usa
09/11/13MudFund Derby City CupLouisville - KY *usa
17/11/13The Jingle Cross Rock - Rock 3Iowa City - Iowa *usa
07/12/13Deschutes Brewery CupBend - OR *usa
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    Re: 2013/14 Cyclocross Season - The Big Preview
    « Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 13:52 »
    The Riders (Women)

    *usa Katie F'n Compton :twitter
    Age - 34
    World Ranking 2012/13 - 1st
    Wins 2012/13 - 17
    A seven time national champion, Compton pretty much dominated the rankings all last season. Assisted by Vos choosing not to race so much, but still doesnt take away from Comptons performance. Winner of four world cup rounds, totally dominated the US season, and finished 2nd in the worlds. Vos's main challenger again in 2013/14

    *gb Helen Wyman :twitter
    Age - 32
    World Ranking 2012/13 - 2nd
    Wins 2012/13 - 15
    One of the hardest working cyclists around, not just in womens racing but throughout the sport. In 2012/13 as well as riding a road season she found time to enter no fewer than 37 cyclocross races on both sides of the Atlantic, nearly three times as many as Vos. While her palmares might not stand up so well to the other top ranked women (She won 1 Bpost event - finishing 2nd overall, podiumed in 2, and won the European Championships), her sheer workrate and consistency means she will always be right up there in the rankings.

    *nl Sanne Van Paassen :twitter
    Age - 24
    World Ranking 2012/13 - 3rd
    Wins 2012/13 - 5
    Five times Sanne has finished in the top ten of the World Championships, three times on the podium in the Dutch nationals, and runner up to Helen Wyman in the Europeans last year, Van Paassen is the young rider to watch this season. In 2013 she won a superprestige race for the third succesive year, and didnt finish outside the top 6 in the World Cup rounds.

    *nl Marianne Vos :twitter
    Age - 26
    World Ranking 2012/13 - 4th
    Wins 2012/13 - 10
    Six times world cyclocross champion, as well as road world champion, and multiple track champion, Vos needs absolutely no introduction. Only raced 13 times in cross last season, winning 10 of those races including three world cup rounds and the World Championships. Only a fool would bet against her becoming seven time champion this year.

    *be Sanne Cant :twitter
    Age - 23
    World Ranking 2012/13 - 5th
    Wins 2012/13 - 9
    Another youngster, who despite being only 23 years old is already four time Belgian Champion. Firmly cemented her place as the leading Belgian woman again in 2012/13 with 9 wins, including 2 Bpost Trophee wins, but a World Cup win eluded her. 2013 Will be a big season for Sanne.
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    Re: 2013/14 Cyclocross Season - The Big Preview
    « Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 16:24 »
    *be Sven Nys
    Age - 37
    World Cup Ranking - 3
    Wins 2012/2013 - 18
    Team - Crelan
    Sven Nys is the king of cyclocross. Quite possibly the best crosser ever, the old man still continues to dominate the sport. He may not have the sprint some of his younger opponents have, but his technical skills and stamina are nearly unmatched. As ruling World Champion he will be looking to add even more wins to his palmares, which is already the most impressive of the sport.

    *be Niels Albert
    Age - 27
    World Cup Ranking - 1
    Wins 2012/2013 - 13
    Team - BKCP-Powerplus
    Niels Albert is Nys' most important challenger. Although particularly noted as the best sand riders in the peloton - he won the 2012 rainbow jersey on that strength - Albert can handle any kind of parcours. Even though he is not a sprinter, his tempo riding and running can drop even the strongest from his wheel. Albert dominated the rankinks last year, winning the World Cup and the Bpost Bank Trofee. The man from Tremolo will continue to look for wins in the coming season, and will surely take his share.

    *be Kevin Pauwels
    Age - 29
    World Cup Ranking - 2
    Wins 2012/2013 - 5
    Team - Sunweb
    Kevin Pauwels won 11 races and 2 classifications in the 2011-12 season, but could not replicate those results last year. Pauwels is smaller in build than his competitors, giving him the edge uphill. He is also a great sprinter and normally hard to beat in a sprint of a small group. If he can recapture his 2011-12 form this season, he will be a man to watch for any race. But even in last year's form he will gather some wins over the season.

    *nl Lars van der Haar
    Age - 22
    World Cup Ranking - 4
    Wins 2012/2013 - 2
    Team - Rabobank
    The Dutch champion and probably the biggest talent in the sport right now, Van der Haar is the only rider who can consistently rank amongst the Belgians. Last year he was not quite good enough to match Nys and Albert in the really tough races, but there is still plenty of room for improvement with this youngster. Van der Haar is technically good and has the best sprint in the field, but lacks some stamina to go all the way on the tougher courses.

    *be Klaas Vantornhout
    Age - 31
    World Cup Ranking - 7
    Wins 2012/2013 - 5
    Team - Sunweb
    Klaas Vantornhout is the experienced teammate and often domestique of Kevin Pauwels. However, when he gets the chance to ride for himself, Vantornhout is a contender for the wins as well. He is the ruling Belgian champion, and a strong contender on any hard course. The tandem Pauwels-Vantornhout will be seen in many races this year, and form of the day may decide whether Vantornhout works for his captain or vice-versa.

    *be Tom Meeusen
    Age - 24
    World Cup Ranking -
    Wins 2012/2013 - 1
    Team - Telenet-Fidea
    Tom Meeusen has been known as a talent for years, but has so far been unable to transfer that talent into results. Meeusen is the best technical rider on the field and can often be seen jumping over obstacles others have to dismount for. Furthermore, the youngster has a sprint many of his elders would be jealous of. Still, Meeusen's career has been marred with injuries, crashes, motivational problems and other setbacks. If he can overcome those problems, he could become a major player for the podiums. If not, he will continue in his current position: a good rider for the lower top-10 places, but little more.

    *be Rob Peeters
    Age - 29
    World Cup Ranking -
    Wins 2012/2013 - 2
    Team - Telenet-Fidea
    Another Belgian and teammate of Meeusen, Peeters is an eternal contender for the lower classifications but rarely for the wins. In fact, he has never won a race in one of the major competitions. He does have a Worlds medal to his name though, a second place in 2012. Peeters is a stable factor, but rarely a big-shot winner and seems likely to continue this into the new season.

    *cz Radomir Simunek, Martin Bina & Zdenek Stybar
    In cyclocross, there are often some prominent Czech riders next to the Belgians and Dutch. Simunek is often a contender for the top 10, but rarely wins any races. Martin Bina won one race last year, in Hoogerheide in cold and snowy conditions, but normally does not challenge for the win either. Stybar, of course is a different story. He is one of the best cyclocross riders in the world, but has changed his focus towards the road. If Stybar decides to compete in some cross races this winter, he could definitely challenge for the win there. And perhaps he could even inspire his compatriots to a Czech worlds victory?

    *fr Francis Mourey
    Age - 32
    World Cup Ranking - 8
    Wins 2012/2013 - 12
    Team - FDJ
    Mourey is one of the few French riders still active in cyclocross. The man often picks up some races in the US and his native France, but is rarely able to match the big names. His road performances this year were excellent though, particularly in the Giro d'Italia and the Tro Bro Léon, which he won. So perhaps this year Mourey can add some French spice to the Belgian stew that is cross racing?

    Some other names to watch: Bart Aernouts, Bart Wellens, Thijs van Amerongen, Twan van den Brand, Julien Taramarcaz, and Philipp Walsleben. Oh, and Jeremy Powers, even if just for his name.
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