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Cross 20-21 *spoilers* (NOT rider of the year 2020)

Seems like there should be somewhere to discuss the cross season here, seeing as it's getting dumped in the rider of the year poll, spoilers and all...

Tom Pidcock got a nice result last weekend, and the Namur world cup event is a course he should be suited to, coming up this weekend.
“Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    He mentioned that he’s been working on his starts and this seems to be paying off as he’s getting to front fairly quick despite not starting on the front row.
  • arnufarnuf Posts: 81
    He quite impressed the Belgies, they've been doing articles on him all week now.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    I wonder what Ineos have paid to sign him up or have they already been paying him through Trinity racing.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,494
    There's already a thread for the current cross season;

    https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/13113634/cyclocross-coverage-20-21-season
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,362
    andyp said:

    There's already a thread for the current cross season;

    https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/13113634/cyclocross-coverage-20-21-season

    That seems to be dedicated to how to plug your laptop into your TV if your Chromecast has gone walkies etc.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,725
    Hey I was just trying to be helpful :(
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,362

    Hey I was just trying to be helpful :(

    No issue with it, was just pointing out the thread was about where/how to watch, not the actual racing ;)
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • Hey I was just trying to be helpful :(

    No issue with it, was just pointing out the thread was about where/how to watch, not the actual racing ;)
    For which we have an entire sub-section:

    https://forum.bikeradar.com/categories/cyclocross
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,725

    Hey I was just trying to be helpful :(

    No issue with it, was just pointing out the thread was about where/how to watch, not the actual racing ;)
    For which we have an entire sub-section:

    https://forum.bikeradar.com/categories/cyclocross
    Isn't that bit of the forum supposed to be about participating (like how the track forum is about riding track, road general about riding road etc...)... There's no "pro cyclocross" forum
  • Hey I was just trying to be helpful :(

    No issue with it, was just pointing out the thread was about where/how to watch, not the actual racing ;)
    For which we have an entire sub-section:

    https://forum.bikeradar.com/categories/cyclocross
    Isn't that bit of the forum supposed to be about participating (like how the track forum is about riding track, road general about riding road etc...)... There's no "pro cyclocross" forum
    Pretty much, but I guess it's for the same reason as the track section: not a lot gets posted, so little chance of a decent discussion.

    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Getting us back on track - who do we fancy for Namur?

    Let's hope Toon Aerts gets through this year with his ribs intact.

    Isebyt for me.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    I can’t warm to Isebyt, he’s clearly very talented but there’s something about him when I watch him race that irritates me.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    He dumped Puck Moonen so he clearly isn't right in the head...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    I think it might be his head that I have problem with. It looks too big for his shoulders.
  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 1,010
    I think Toon this weekend, given the conditions. Although is pidcock riding? Could be interesting.

    As every, i am enjoying the womens races a bit more than the mens, I'm still rooting for Sanna Cant to make a return to the podium.

    PS, at what point do we start talking about tyre pressures?
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  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    Piddocks riding and I think WvA is back for this one. Apparently he missed last week end to go training in Spain.
  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 1,010
    webboo said:

    Piddocks riding and I think WvA is back for this one. Apparently he missed last week end to go training in Spain.

    should be one to watch for sure. I'll get the Duval on ice.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,362
    Pretty much everyone is riding it. Think it's the first race with all the big names.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,494
    Iserbyt won't win. The big guns are racing now.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    When you say the big guns are racing now, who else is there apart from TP, MvdP and WvA.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,494
    Isn't that enough?
  • webboowebboo Posts: 3,433
    There is only one of those big guns that Iserbyt hasn’t beaten this year I’m sorry to say.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,494
    He'll only beat them when they aren't quite in shape. He's good, but MVDP, and to a lesser extent, Pidcock have the measure of him in the big races.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited December 2020
    Lucinda Brand absolutely bossing this, 33 ahead of Betsema who has a front puncture (quick change though)

    Doesnt actually look super crazy muddy

    Betsema fading, being caught by Honsinger and Alverado to make a 2,3,4th group.

    J-Pow making a super 90s WWE Reference!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • How can one watch this? I am keen to pop my cx cherry
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited December 2020
    Betsema the only one of the three who doesnt pit, takes a gap out of the pits

    (Evie Richards back in ?7th, first cross race of the year for her I think)

    Betsema spoons a corner however and allows Honsinger to pull a few seconds back. Alverado distanced in 4th now

    Final Lap
    Brand
    Betsema +42
    Honsinger +43
    Alverado + ?50ish
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059

    How can one watch this? I am keen to pop my cx cherry

    GCN..?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited December 2020
    Ha ha, there's a queen of the citadel "competition" I didnt know that. I assume its the QOM for the climb.

    Didnt catch the order soz (Evie Richards in 5th)

    Betsema making lots of little mistakes, clearly absolutely shattered but just keeps doing enough to hold off the young American
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    Alverado's Canyon is really rather nice...

    Ooooh Honsinger pulls ahead on the cobbled section! Betsema does everything short of grabbing her seatpost to stop her
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,059
    edited December 2020
    Brand is going to take it, but the interest is all behind!

    Honsinger has a second or two, clearly has more on the climbs, gap growing.....

    The US take second... Betsema looks furious. Great Battle!

    Alverado a distant 4th

    Evie up to 6th with her characteristic smile/grimace
    Ana Kay (UK) in 7th - confess Ive not heard of her at all

    Sanne Cant (back from a baby) in 12th
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
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