Four To Represent Canada At Cross Worlds

The four cyclists who  will be representing Canada at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, held January 28-29, 2012 in Koksijde, Belgium were announced by the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) today. Canada’s team at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships has two riders with previous experience at World Championships. Both Craig Richey of Smithers, BC…

Louisville Is Definitely A World Caliber Course

Last weekend, everyone was curious to see if the new course at the Eva Bandman Park in Louisville could deliver a high quality, world championship-level course for the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross weekend. And boy did the Louisville 2013 folks deliver. “Definitely world caliber, definitely one of the hardest courses we’ve done in…

Fourth Impressions

After the first 20-day trip to Belgium to cover cross races, I really couldn’t pass up going to the Cyclocross World Championships now could I? So after a short rest at home in California,  I embarked on another – shorter – trip to Europe, starting with the final World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands and culminating…

Stybar Wants To Feel The Pain On The Road Again

Feeling that he had no choice after being side-lined with a knee injury during the season, Zdenek Stybar focused his whole season on the Cyclocross World Championships in 2011. It worked. The Czech rider won his second consecutive rainbow jersey in St Wendel, Germany. “I play everything on one card.” the 25-year old explained after…

Nys Satisfied With Second At St Wendel

“Stybar was too strong.”  The always pro king of cross Sven Nys summed it up perfectly after the Cyclocross World Championships where he finished second to defending champion Zdenek Stybar. The duel came to take place Stybar vs Nys, Czech vs Belgian, 25-year old vs 34-year old. The two marked each other from the first…

Exceptional Day At Worlds For Page

“I had an exceptional day, I really did.” American Jonathan Page said at the end of the Cyclocross World Championships. On great form, Page made the selection into the lead group when bad luck, yes more bad luck for the 34-year old, in the form of a flat. A bike change, and the chase was…

Focus Was To Learn For the Canadian Juniors

The goal for the Canadian juniors at the Cyclocross World Championships was simply to to learn as this was the first time at the big race for each of the three riders. “The main focus is for them to learn, what it’s like for them to race in Europe and then take all that experience…

Vos Makes It Three In A Row

Marianne Vos, of the Netherlands, waited until the final lap to unleash an attack that no one could match to win her third consecutive (and fourth) Cyclocross World Championships. Behind her, a very disappointed Katie Compton (USA) took second and a very happy Katerina Nash (CZE) was third. “They’re all great, the last one is…

Van der Haar Claims U23 Rainbow

After winning the World Cup overall and the European Cyclocross Championships, Dutch Lars van der Haar can now add the rainbow jersey to his collection. Van der Haar outsprinted his countryman Mike Teunissen and Czech rider Karel Hnik for the win. “I knew when I was going first on the track on the last 200…

French Sweep JR Cross World Championships

A surprising result at the Junior Cyclocross World Championships this morning in St Wendel as the French swept the podium with Clément Venturini soloed to claim the rainbow jersey. Twin brothers Doubey rounded off the podium, with Fabien taking second and Loic third. “In the final descent when I saw the two of them [behind…

On Tap: Cyclocross World Championships

Four rainbows to be awarded this weekend at the Cyclocross World Championships. Will Katie Compton finally win the title? Will the Stybar successfully defend his title or will the Belgians take it back? And what about the North American racers? How will the course conditions affect the racing. Shaun Adamson answers the last question.