What is not to like about the Druivencross, the mother of all crosses? The race starts with an uphill sprint that isn’t unlike the (new) beginnings of the Koppenbergcross or Spa. Then it’s just a constant, muddy roller coaster ride until the finish. I remember, when I came here for the first time, in 2011 I loved the race immediately. It is also one of those races, where the spectators are crammed into a relatively small place, so the atmosphere is almost always great. It was also good to see Nikki Brammeier riding well today, even better, than yesterday. As it turned out, she did Essen yesterday in order to warm up for racing with a technically less challenging course – it seemed to have worked quite well.
Next week brings the dreaded/loved World Cup race in Namur, which I really hope will be one day a World Championships.