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Superprestige #5 – Gieten

Gieten is a bit of a question mark for me to be honest. It’s far up in the North of Holland, far from the ‘cross’ heartland, the course itself was incredibly bland and the spectator turnout wasn’t great either. I guess, there needs to be a Superprestige that’s not in Belgium, but there must be […]

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World Cup #3 – Koksijde

This will be a short one as I’ve got hours of driving ahead of me to get to tomorrow’s Superprestige race at Gieten. Also, I got quite a few complaints that the picture viewer is not working, so until that’s sorted, I’ll insert the photos below. It’s been a long day, great racing in the […]

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Superprestige #4 – Asper-Gavere

Today, I have learnt a valuable lesson on never giving up. Normally, such learnings come through watching rider doing something inspiring on his or her bike, but not today. The day started a bit hurriedly as we overslept and we arrived a bit late at Gavere, then we got lost, then it took ages to […]

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GVA #3 – Hasselt

This was the second race this year in this area – the first being Zonhoven just a couple of weeks ago. The morning greeted us in Nieuwpoort with an almost impenetrable fog, but as soon as we left Brussels, it eased up and the sun started to shine – another sunny race, great…

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Superprestige #3 – Hamme-Zogge

All good come to those who wait. Zdenek Stybar waited for his first big win quite a lot. He has always been there, he rarely missed the podium and yet, he was always outpowered by someone. Whether the intense road season had taken its toll or he just couldn’t find his rhythm remains unclear, however […]

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Fidea Classics #2 – Niel

Today was Armistice Day, that commemorates the end of the First World War. It was a national holiday here, in Belgium, so it was the perfect opportunity for a ‘cross race! To cheer the masses further up, the weather was wonderful, again, which was rather disappointing from my point of view. I find it very […]

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GVA #2 – Ronse

Single-race weekends are not easy – it doesn’t make sense to make into a multi-day trip, so after the race, I have to drive back to London. That being said, I really liked the course at Ronse. It’s a reasonably new course and it is a great one.

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GVA #1 – Koppenberg

The famous Koppenberg. They say you can make a challenging cyclo-cross on a molehill (see the Roubaix World Cup course), but the Koppenberg is in a different league. The course takes you up (and down and then up again and then down) the famous hill – loads of climbing and even when it’s not raining, […]

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Superprestige #2 – Zonhoven

I hadn’t known much about Zonhoven before I got here, but when I started to recce the course in the morning, the horribly steep and sandy descents did ring a bell. Even looking at them was scary, let alone the thought of people coming down on them, at race speed. I didn’t have to wait […]

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