The last two cyclocross World Cups before todays’ race in Fiuggi were held in Rome, in 2013 and 2014 and I wasn’t a big fan of either of the races: minimal crowds and boring course was the all those races could deliver. Therefore, I didn’t have high expectations for Fiuggi, I was jaded after those two awful races.
But Fiuggi delivered awesome things and it did so in spades. The surroundings are beautiful, it is a lovely little town, but not too little, there are plenty of hotels and restaurants. In fact, I am staying on the same street where the race is held (just on the other end). The course itself went through a park and the special weather conditions (cold and wet) made it absolutely treacherous. It wasn’t as bonkers as Namur can be, but the top layer of the soil was so slippery, that nobody could avoid going down at some point of the race. Oh, and the spectators. I don’t think there was more than five thousand of them, but they were very loud (in a good way), very enthusiastic and supported everybody. More races like this, please! I had one big problem with it, but more on that later.
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