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Cyclocross 2016/17

ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
edited January 2017 in Pro race
Yep, that time of year again when the proper men/women come out to play

Give you a million euros if you guess who won the first 2 races...

http://www.cxmagazine.com/wout-van-aert ... ts-belgium

The first UCI World Cup will be CrossVegas next wednesday, followed immediatly by JingleCross in Iowa at the weekend
We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
- @ddraver
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  • andyracandyrac Posts: 546
    It's hard to look past Wout; his performances on the road Have been impressive, and set him up for the new season. Have just finished watching the Geraardsbergen Cross on You Tube.
    Van der Poel is probably his only challenger, and Van der Haar switches teams mid season I think. ( from Giant- Alpecin to Sven's Telenet-Fidea)

    How long can Wout resist the road offers? Even though he says he's concentrating on Cross.


    All Road/ Gravel: tbc
    WInter: Trek Domane ALR3
    MTB: Canyon Grand Canyon 8.0
    Road: tbc
  • He's done a bit of riding on the road hasn't he? Did he win a Belgian (very) semi classic?
  • NO NOT YET !

    You know the rules - Lombardy - then two weeks of wind down and introspection - then that 'what shall we do now' hollow feeling

    THEN it's cross talk

    THEN it's 'what race does the road season start with'

    and of course the MY MAN selection process commences
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    Nah, you ve got to watch Cross Vegas for the "Oh my god dude, J-Pow's gonna like totally smash it this ye...

    oh he's 24th..."
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • FCE2007FCE2007 Posts: 844
    And the MY LADY? If Jolien Verschueren gets her starts sorted she'll be winning a lot more.
    Of course those in the know will probably have been saying this for a year or two.

    '15/16 was my first year following cx so go easy on me ;)
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    It was she who Cant outsprinted at the weekend. She does seem to start a season very well....
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    For those of you further west, or like me right now, unable to sleep. CrossVegas starts in 2 hours.

    Probably more sensible to catch it tomorrow morning tho...

    Can't see past van Aerts and Can't (if she's there) but bring on the...erm...rock hard grass and fake sand
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 546
    Woke up and put it on with about 5 laps to go..... at the moment he's in a different league.

    MvDP & LvDH need to hurry back....


    All Road/ Gravel: tbc
    WInter: Trek Domane ALR3
    MTB: Canyon Grand Canyon 8.0
    Road: tbc
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    Great win by Sophie! Played for and got for her.

    I think the van der triplets live rent free in everyone else's head to the point where they just don't even try to beat them any more...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    you do know there is a whole cyclocross section in the forum viewforum.php?f=40114
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    Yes, yes I do

    but it's not Pro Racing is it (or where we ve had the CX thread for the past 10 years)

    Christ :roll:
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    fair point , not having a go . just wasn`t sure if people knew about it . I only tend to look at the pro race and general sections. the more cross posts the better ;-)
  • The cyclocross season doesn't really start until they finish with the shoot races and get back to Europe. I hope vdP gets back to fitness because I'm hoping to see some good duels at the front. Despite him not winning the champs, he was by far and away the best rider last year. I'd like to see Cant time her season properly for a change as well.
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    is he injured again ? only started watching cross last winter as I had just bought a cross bike . I know he had a knee injury .
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    A few are starting in Iowa at the weekend too. Helen Wyman was telling Sven on twitter (as one does), that she saw no point in going to CrossVegas to a course that doesnt suit her to finish in the lowly top ten or teens to make 250EUR...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-aer ... world-cup/

    I was wondering if Van Aert had any injuries from his crash, looks like he's broken his toe.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,150
    ddraver wrote:
    A few are starting in Iowa at the weekend too. Helen Wyman was telling Sven on twitter (as one does), that she saw no point in going to CrossVegas to a course that doesnt suit her to finish in the lowly top ten or teens to make 250EUR...

    She was there though, non?
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,510
    dish_dash wrote:

    She was there though, non?

    No, she wasn't. I'm surprised Kona don't insist she rides given they are a US company.

    She's racing in the Jingle Cross WC race in Iowa this weekend though.
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    live stream from iowa tonight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu-jGB7Wvhw
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,510
    Ian Field was 11th, his best WC result so far in his career.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    I'm standing in the middle of a muddy field at a cycling event in autumn but it's not CX...

    Anyway, yep, great result for Ian!!

    Sorry meine needs to tell the others that it's ok to beat WvA...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 546
    ddraver wrote:
    I'm standing in the middle of a muddy field at a cycling event in autumn but it's not CX...

    Anyway, yep, great result for Ian!!

    Sorry meine needs to tell the others that it's ok to beat WvA...


    He's given them a chance in both races to win; and none of them have taken it. He lost about 20-30 seconds in both races...and still won 'easily'.

    Well done to Ian Field on an excellent 11th place. Maybe one day British cycling will take CX seriously...rather than just road & track..


    All Road/ Gravel: tbc
    WInter: Trek Domane ALR3
    MTB: Canyon Grand Canyon 8.0
    Road: tbc
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    AndyRAC wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    I'm standing in the middle of a muddy field at a cycling event in autumn but it's not CX...

    Anyway, yep, great result for Ian!!

    Sorry meine needs to tell the others that it's ok to beat WvA...


    He's given them a chance in both races to win; and none of them have taken it. He lost about 20-30 seconds in both races...and still won 'easily'.

    Well done to Ian Field on an excellent 11th place. Maybe one day British cycling will take CX seriously...rather than just road & track..
    not until it`s in the Olympics. love to see it get into the winter olympics
  • Can we add links to race videos to this thread? I find them so hard to find, scouring around for coverage of the races
  • tim000tim000 Posts: 718
    UCI channel on youtube has live races and they stay on there so you can watch anytime https://www.youtube.com/user/ucichannel
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    World Cups are easy as they re all on the Free to watch UCI channel. The rest of them will be your illegal Sporza Stream...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,165
    Crosshairs Radio currently has a great interview with His Royal Svenness which is a really great listen. He's a really interesting guy and talks about what he's doing this season and then they look back, with clips, of Koksijde (The long missing Disguntled Goat and I were lucky enough to witness that in person) and also discusses the World Champs last year.

    It's a cracking episode of the best (the only) podcast (TTDTIE epidodes) that covers Pro CX.
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • It was a really interesting interview - thanks for posting about it. I must admit, I've stopped taking any notice of In the crosshairs and I think it's a shame that there's all this emphasis about growing cx in the USA when really there's a lot of work to be done in Europe. CX is massive in England and Wales, but needs some help in taking it up a level - we could have had ten top class races over here for the cost of 2 WCs in the US. So yeah, sorry Sven, I'm with Van der Poel.
  • The coverage of the Superprestige was incredible at the weekend, and it got me thinking about how much money is in CX.

    Clearly there's a market for it in Belgium, but how much do the likes of WVA and AVDP make in a season?
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