The European Cyclocross Championships course in Pontchateau will not become one of my favourite courses. It’s wide, it’s not really technical and because it’s warm and sunny, there is no sign of mud or anything that would make it bit more interesting. However, what I find amazing is the spectators. At most Belgian races, people stake their claim at the beginning of the day and they don’t move, unless they need more beer, food or the loo. The French, however, use the layout to their advantage and like a big swarm of bees, run from one spot to another and cheer on the riders. While the actual number of spectators is probably lower than in Belgium, they still manage to create a great atmosphere with all these movements. It was a fun day, after all. Today was the easy day, tomorrow will be harder, with three races to cover in one day. Should be fun.