Johnson Wants Better

“As Americans we get a lot of shit, complaining about the rankings. What did I get today, 15th, 16th?I’m ranked 15th in the world, perfect. I want better, I really want better.” Tim Johnson said after he crossed the finish line in 16th place at the Hoogerheide World Cup. Earlier this cross season, the Americans…

Kaiser Talks Worlds

Team USA’s Cody Kaiser (CalGiant) talks about the 2011 Cyclocross World Championships course in St Wendel, Germany and more on Friday morning, one day before his U23 race.  In his first year as a U23 racer, Kaiser pre-rode the course on Thursday afternoon and is going into the Worlds with no pressure.

No Stress For Albert

Belgian Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was very clear after winning the GVA Azencross in December, “I want the jersey more than the World Championship.” He was speaking about the driekleur jersey, the black, yellow and red jersey of the Belgian National Champion. And he did, the 24-year old won his first Belgian Cyclocross Championship in January.…

Kupfernagel – It Will Be A Big Party

With four rainbow jerseys in her closet, German Hanka Kupfernagel (Itera-Stevens) knows what it takes to win the Cyclocross World Championships (actually make that five as Kupfernagel also won the Road World Championships Time Trial in 2007). And she hopes to repeat this Sunday at St Wendel in Germany. But Kupfernagel also knows that she’ll…

Miller Looking To Crack Top 10 At Worlds

American Meredith Miller (CalGiant) was all smiles at the end of the Hoogerheide World Cup where she finished 12th. “Much better today, much better for my head.” she smiled right after crossing the finish line on Sunday. Her last trip to race cross in Europe was, well, a disaster. A disappointing result at the Kalmthout…

It All Comes Down To Worlds for Page

Another weekend of ups and downs for American cross racer Jonathan Page (Planet Bike). On Saturday, Page raced at the front and finished 5th Kasteelcross Zonnebeke but then bad luck, once again, at the Hoogerheide World Cup. Page was in the main chase group behind Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) who was off the front when he…

Albert Claims Hoogerheide And World Cup Title

Belgian Champion Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) is on a tear at the World Championships approach, he took the win in the final race and the overall World Cup Series. The Hoogerheide course has been good to Albert. “I was world champion here in 2009, last year I won my last race here in the World…

Photo Galley U23 Hoogerheide WC

Battling at the front for most of the race, Matthieu Boulot, of France, took the win in the Men U23 World Cup race at Hoogerheide, Netherlands. He bested Belgian U23 National Champion Joeri Adams in the final sprint. With his third place finish, Lars van der Haar (NED) won the overall World Cup classification. U23…

Photo Gallery Junior Hoogerheide WC

Belgian Laurens Sweeck outsprinted a French duo to win the final World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands and claim the overall World Cup title with a commanding lead. After staring on the 2rd row, Kevin Bouvard (FRA) took a solo flyer early on but was brought back in the final laps and he finished second ahead…

Kupfernagel, Albert Solo At Tervuren

The last race of the Christmas Cross season in Belgium came down to solo victories in both the men and women’s races. With blue skies making their appearance for a short time, with still thick mud on the ground German Champion Hanka Kupfernagel and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) claimed the victory at the Fidea Cyclocross in…

Nys Outduels Stybar For The Win In Baal

Wow, what a race or more precisely what a duel at the Grote Prijs Sven Nys in Baal. It might even be called epic. The tough course was a combination of deep mud and very cold water making the descents even more treacherous and the climbs even more leg sapping. See Photo Gallery The race…

McDonald Skating the Flats To The Front

“I’m definitely super-stoked with how I was riding, it’s been awhile since I was up there, it’s been a couple of years. I’ve never been actually in the group too I’ve always been dangling in the back.” a muddy Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) said after the U23 GVA Azencross race. A strong ending for McDonald to…

Nys – “Shit happens.”

Shit happens alright and it seems to be happening a lot for 7-time and reigning Belgian Champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet). It happened at the GVA Azencross in Loenhout.  On the final lap just as he was getting ready for his sprint against Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), the Cannibal (as he is called in the Belgian press)…