Superprestige #5 – Gieten

Superprestige #5 – Gieten




It’s not easy to like the race at Gieten. The long drive, the small crowds and the uninspiring course are all part of the picture why coming to Gieten is always peppered with a bit of reluctance.

However, a number of things have turned this Sunday into a very enjoyable experience.

Driving towards my hotel in Assen felt a lot shorter than four hours: while listening to Christopher Hitchens, time really did fly. The B&B was run by a lovely lady and I wished I stayed a bit longer, Adam, the dog was just too cute.

Upon arrival at the course, the signs took me to a different direction from the last two years’ races. It seemed that this was an all-new course but Stef Wyman later explained that this is an older course that was neglected for four of five years. New courses always fill my heart with joy as they offer a clean slate, a day full of possibilities.

The guys and gals put on great races, Niels Albert pulled a double win and the wind only destroyed part of the fencing, so it was a good day, all in all. Maybe apart from the ‘press centre’, which was in an unused barn. Coldest press centre. Ever.

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-64-nikola-noskova

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-65-pavla-havlikova

No cheeky smile for me today from Helen.

No cheeky smile for me today from Helen.

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-67-lizzy-witlox

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-68-velomobiel

Cutest. Hat. Ever

Cutest. Hat. Ever

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-70-winter

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-71-mathieu-van-der-poel

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-72-forest

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-73-next-to-the-water

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-74-next-to-the-water

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-75-gert-jan-bosmans

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-76-tim-merlier

Mariusz Aquarius.

Mariusz Aquarius.

Thibaut Nys has got some skills

Thibaut Nys has got some skills

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-77-field

The barriers near the finish line were knocked over by the strong wind just seconds before the elite men's start, causing a bit of a stir.

The barriers near the finish line were knocked over by the strong wind just seconds before the elite men’s start, causing a bit of a stir.

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-79-start

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-80-rob-peeters

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-81-lars-van-der-haar

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-82-niels-albert

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-83-lars-van-der-haar

2013-cyclocross-superprestige-gieten-85-podium-gils

3 Comments

Add yours

+ Leave a Comment