Superprestige #1 – Ruddervoorde

Superprestige #1 – Ruddervoorde


Today is the day of sketchy transport experiences. The oncoming mega-storm and the wind that was bringing it made the landing at Brussels in our tiny, commuter jet a rather scary experience. They say the smaller the plane the easier it gets thrown around. Well, we were thrown around aplenty.

Then, about 12 hours later, while crossing the channel on a ferry, the boat was properly moving up and down, there must have been quite big waves. I’ve done a few channel crossings on ferries but I’ve never experienced anything like this before. Of course, this has happened on the one weekend i wasn’t using the Eurotunnel.

Oh, about the race. Not one of my favourites. In many ways. The course is rather uninspiring, the organisers calendar coup didn’t warm my heart towards the race and then I fell victim of my own hubris.

I thought it was going to be easy and I was quite happy with what snapped during the U23 race, so I wasn’t worried about the elite men’s race. But it just wasn’t going to happen today. I wanted to photograph a bike swap, so I jogged over to the material post after the start, only to waste a lap and a half, without anybody changing a bike.

Then they announced that there’s only 6 laps left and that was when the panic started. It just didn’t happen today. The icing on the cake was when I missed the finish. Well, I got there on time-ish, but I ended up on the wrong side of the course and an overenthusiastic marshall wasn’t going to let me get to the other side of the course, thus pretty much missing out on most of Klaas Vantornout’s winning celebration.

Lesson learnt, now I’m looking forward to Friday and visiting the mighty Koppenberg. Strictly via the Channel Tunnel.

You can still buy myphoto book about the 2012/2013 cyclocross season.

Gianni Vermersch rolls to the start of the U23  cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

Gianni Vermersch rides in the first lap of the U23 cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

The weather was absolutely unpredictable. One minute it was raining...

The weather was absolutely unpredictable. One minute it was raining…

David van der Poel rides in the third lap of the U23 cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

and five minutes later it was sunny.

Wout van Aert rides in the third lap of the U23 cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

Mike Teunissen (back) chases Gianni Vermersch (front) in the last lap of the U23 cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

Laurens Sweeck runs up the stairs in the last lap of the U23 cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

It took me a while to recognise what was wrong with this picture. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody carrying the bike on the ‘wrong’ side, but give that Laurens Sweeck is the current U23 national champ, it can’t be that bad.

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Klaas Vantornout can't believe that he has just won the elite men's  cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde.

I have to have a look at the exact numbers but I think with this win, there are four riders with two wins next to their names, which at this point of the season is surely unique.

The podium of the elite men's  cyclocross Superprestige race in Ruddervorde, with winner Klaas Vantornout, Sven Nys and Tom Meeusen.

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  1. 1
    Jens Dekker

    Great photos as always, but have you never seen a rider carry his bike on the “wrong” side? I believe there are quite al lot actually. I think even Kevin Pauwels does it…

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    Philip Millard

    Great stuff as always. Kudos on the dedication to your work re the travelling etc… Looking forward to getting back into the fray this coming weekend. See you on the Koppenberg !

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