I will remember Bogense for many things, but the wind and the cold will be on the top of the list. I vividly remember chatting to a friend during the Waterloo World Cup just two months ago. It was a very hot day, we were all in t-shirts and shorts and we were complaining that it wasn’t proper cross weather. But I also said that we will think back to that day on the first bitterly cold day of the season and we would be reminiscing about the warm sunshine. That’s exactly what I was doing while I was standing next to the sea and was trying to stay warm in howling wind, that was froze everything that wasn’t covered by layers of textile.
Whether the course was good or not is hard to tell, many riders didn’t like it, as MdvP put it, the organisers tried to make it very technical, but, at too many sections, it became unrideable and proper minus degrees could render large parts of the course dangerous. From my point of view, it was a great course, the sea offered us a gorgeous backdrop in the late autumn sunshine and while the water spray from the waves was probably unpleasant both for us and for the riders, it was good for photos. Also, getting around was rather difficult, there needs to be a lot more crossing points. But by and large, it was a good course and I’m looking forward to the Worlds in 2019. We’ll see what lessons they will have learnt. Oh, and the catering was amazing. I had to add that.
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