Zolder is not an easy race to shoot due to the way the course is laid out, but today felt a walk in the park compared to Sunday’s race in Namur. That it wouldn’t rain today wasn’t a surprise, what did surprise me was how dry (and fast) the course was. Given how much it had rained recently, it was dry and fast – and fun.
The reason Zolder is not easy to shoot is the way it is laid out. Except for the elite men’s race, you either pick the bit near the start, with that dare devil descent and some short but steep climbs, or head to the furthest part of the course, with lots of corners and switchbacks. Doing both is almost impossible, especially, when another overly cautious steward held back the crowds at one of the crossing points for almost a whole lap.
The racing was great, especially the elite women’s race, though the ride of the day for me was Toon Aert’s, who probably rode on sheer willpower after his nasty crash on Sunday.
I hope everybody is having a nice Christmas break, tomorrow is another day and another race during Kerstweek: bring it on, Loenhout!