When I set out to do cover another cyclocross season, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to find new angles from last season and I would end up taking the same shots. I did ok at Ruddervoorde and I managed to avoid repeating myself today as well.
Courses differ, of course, but there are so many angles, that there are plenty more years before I start repeating myself – or at least that’s what I hope.
The weather was sunny once again and even though it had been raining all week, the course wasn’t too muddy. There was one s-bend combination that ended in a steep, off-camber corner, that was probably the most challenging part of the course.
There were quite a few crashes during the juniors’ race so I suspected that there would be more to come. I was right, there were quite a few crashes during the U23 race but the most spectacular one happened in the first lap of the elite men’s race.
Klaas Vantornout, as always, was leading the race in the first lap when they arrived at the aforementioned corner. Vantornout arrived at formidable speed… and then overcooked it and slammed straight into the big, crash cushions. Partly because of his good reflexes and probably because of his height, he almost seemed to just have leapt through them and landed on his feed – it looked much worse than it actually turned out and he carried on riding unscathed.
There was a bit of a controversy at the start, the red light lasted surprisingly long and a few riders jumped it while others stayed put. Sven Nys was one of those riders who got stuck at the start and he was only 20th after the first lap. The fact that he finished 3rd nonetheless shows that he was probably the strongest rider, again.
While the day was sunny, on the way back to Calais it rained almost constantly. But that wasn’t the problem: the car in front of me belonged to Redditch Reptiles. If you know me personally, you are probably aware of the fact that I am afraid of snakes, so it felt very weird when they opened the boot of their car and started playing with the snakes! I felt really, really uncomfortable.
The next race in the calendar is the first World Cup in Tabor, so no driving next weekend, yay!