Zeven was my first cyclocross race in Germany and it was a great start. The organisers got most things right and created a good course out of almost nothing. The two, most impressive performances (at least for me) were of Tom Pidcock’s and Katie Compton’s. Both recovered amazingly after early setbacks and finished on the podium. Today was also the first, very cold day of the season, considering that I was running around in just a t-shirt at the Koppenbergcross, today was a sobering reminder, that winter is finally here.
Which brings me to my, probably only, problem with the race. The podium girl. At this stage, I’m not even talking about the need for a podium girl at all. No, I’m referring to the fact that she was forced to wear a short, sleeveless summer dress – in sub-zero temperatures. While all the organisers and other podium invitees paraded in at least jackets, she spent long, long minutes in a summer dress – in the middle of freaking winter. To make matters worse, after doing the day’s first podium ceremony in a pair of fluffy boots, it was probably deemed that she wasn’t sexy enough and she completed the remaining three ceremonies in a open, summer sandal. I find it very sad that nobody among the organisers thought, that the dress was simply unfit for a cold, winter day, even if for a few minutes.
Rant over, I’m back at my Belgian base in Sinaai, the road trip with Kramon was straightforward and the fact, that tomorrow I’ll have to drive only 5 minutes to the race sounds amazing after today’s 5+1 hour trip.
Oh and don’t forget the 2014/2015 Cyclocross Album is still available and is on sale: