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.
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  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    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.
  • arnuf
    arnuf Posts: 98
    He quite impressed the Belgies, they've been doing articles on him all week now.
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    I wonder what Ineos have paid to sign him up or have they already been paying him through Trinity racing.
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,306
    There's already a thread for the current cross season;

    https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/13113634/cyclocross-coverage-20-21-season
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 14,186
    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.
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,306
    Hey I was just trying to be helpful :(
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 14,186

    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 ;)
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  • 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.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,306

    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.
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    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.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577
    He dumped Puck Moonen so he clearly isn't right in the head...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    I think it might be his head that I have problem with. It looks too big for his shoulders.
  • mpatts
    mpatts 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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  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    Piddocks riding and I think WvA is back for this one. Apparently he missed last week end to go training in Spain.
  • mpatts
    mpatts 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_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 14,186
    Pretty much everyone is riding it. Think it's the first race with all the big names.
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  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,306
    Iserbyt won't win. The big guns are racing now.
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    When you say the big guns are racing now, who else is there apart from TP, MvdP and WvA.
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,306
    Isn't that enough?
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    There is only one of those big guns that Iserbyt hasn’t beaten this year I’m sorry to say.
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,306
    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.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577
    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
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577
    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
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577

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

    GCN..?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577
    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
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577
    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
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,577
    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