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Biosphere

Cyclocross Season 2015 - 2016

Time to get this one going for the winter months. Round 2 of the World Cup. Round One seems MIA on the UCI channel at the moment?

Valkenberg Elite Women

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Was trying to embed time stamp for start in video link but seems a bit flakey on here. Here's a direct link for women which should jump to start of race once advert is out of the way.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK_mrQ2grw8?t=9m09s

Valkenberg Elite Men

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Again embeding is a bit iffy. Direct link for men
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl9f2TcME0U?t=10m34s
Biosphere

Cyclo cross in September. In Las Vegas? No wonder I couldn't find Round 1 Wink

The Women

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v90LicPEdbg?t=10m

The Men

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gerry12ie

Cheers Bio.  Thinking idly about going to Huesden-Zolder for the Worlds next January, but getting out of Dublin for Easter might take precedent so Gent-Wevelgem could be beckoning instead...
Slapshot 3

Posted on another site.... If all Cross is like this ending we need to see more.... Naughty Mr Stybar!!


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mr shifter

To be a bit more up to date than 3 years ago, there are new men on the circuit these days, but no sign yet of the 20 year old World Champion - Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned). However Silver -Van Aert & Bronze Van der Haar are getting the wins.

The man winning the most races so far (8, I think) is Wout Van Aert (Bel) but another young Dutchman Lars Van der Haar won the World Cup at Valenberg last week with Van Aert 2nd.

To be up to date this weekend.
Saturday October 24, 2015, Poldercross-Kruibeke, (Belgium) cyclo-cross - C2
Wout Van Aert won a second consecutive Poldercross in Kruibeke on Saturday after winning last year. Michael Vanthourenhout finished second, followed by Laurens Sweeck.
Sven Nys finished seventh after fighting his way back from two early mechanicals.
Sunday 25th October Hansgrohe Superprestige - Zonhoven (C1)
The impressive display of form of Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) is far from coming to an end. Instead the young Belgian rider crushed his rivals at the feared Zonhoven sand pit on Sunday afternoon during the second round of the Superprestige series. Van Aert literally ran away in the sand
1 Wout van AERT BEL 1:00:51
2 Rob Peeters BEL 1:02:00
3 Kevin Pauwels BEL 1:02:00
4 Sven NYS BEL 1:02:08
5 Lars VAN DER HAAR NED 1:02:09
6 Laurens Sweeck BEL 1:02:36
7 David VAN DER POEL NED 1:02:55 (this is the world Champions elder brother)
Boogerd_Fan

World Champion v.d. Poel is injured, he had knee surgery at start of October... he'll be back for later in the year.
mr shifter

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
World Champion v.d. Poel is injured, he had knee surgery at start of October... he'll be back for later in the year.
Got it, thanks.
The Reigning Dutch National and also the Reigning World CycloCross Champion Mathieu van der Poel is a 20 year old who was riding the Tour de l'Avenir in August.
In the prolog he was 5th @ 5secs and then 2 days later he damaged his knee in a crash but continued to finish over 3 mins down and lost his 5th place.
He tried to start stage 3 but had to return home and on 3rd September had a knee operation and so couldn't ride the Vegas World CycloCross.
He Twitted on 18th October about his first training ride.

He had an execellent season last year and was very prominent in the Superprestige Series that he finished the Overall Leader.

Hope he gets fit enough to continue winning after his 21st Birthday on 19th January 2016.
This weekend we have.
31 Oct  Niels Albertland Cyclo-cross Boom BEL  C2  
1 Nov  Bpost bank trofee - Koppenbergcross Melden - Oudenaarde BEL  C1
mr shifter

Bpost Bank Trofee #2 – Oudenaarde (BEL)
1. Wout van Aert 1u00'35"
2. Kevin Pauwels op 31'"
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) 37"
4. Tom Meeusen   1'26"
5. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) 1'30"
6. Diether Sweeck   1'42"
7. Michael Vanthourenhout   1'44"
8. Julien Taramarcaz (Zwi) 1'46"
gerry12ie


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A beautiful Indian Summer day for this, and Van Aert was sublime.  He has only turned 21 but looks the finished article already.  It would be nice to think that he and van der Poel might duel for years to come but I think their paths will diverge soon enough.  Van Aert looks to be a 'crosser for life but VDP's destiny looks to be on the road a la Stybar.

I was struck by the interview with Niels Albert at the start.  Crossers are fairly chunky even in comparison to classic riders but Niels looks Molby-esque even though he only retired a year ago.  In fairness, I'm sure he is lighter than me but it was a reminder of how huge a factor weight is at all levels of cycling.

Shame Nys bowed out on the last lap with a mechanical because this year SURELY must be his last.  He didn't appear to be as sour as normal at the start so maybe he is in farewell tour mode...
Nolte

Yes Gerry, nys announced that this would be his last season

http://www.cxmagazine.com/sven-nys-announces-retirement-date-2016
mr shifter

gerry12ie wrote:
[ It would be nice to think that he and van der Poel might duel for years to come but I think their paths will diverge soon enough.  Van Aert looks to be a 'crosser for life but VDP's destiny looks to be on the road a la Stybar.
His Father Adri Van der Poel had a good career on road and cross, so who knows where his winters will be.
Biosphere

I came to post the Koppenberg video. A lovely day for it - seems like quite a family outing for some. I loved the little lad at the end cycling some of the course Smile

Van Aert was in a different league. I was struck by how some were on disc brakes and some were still on rims. Would have though they would have all migrated, but maybe with it not being such a muddy day, there's not such an advantage of not getting rims clogged up?

I like as well that there's no let up in the pace as they're riding for "GC" as well as the stage.
mr shifter

I used to officicate cyclocross in South East England, so I can't help myself, by keeping in touch with today's "First" European CX Championship in Huijbergen  Nederland
1 Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) 1:02:29
2 Wout Van Aert (Belgium) 0:00:19
3 Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) 0:00:39
4 Michael Vanthourenhout (Belgium) 0:00:56

Aert's blew up on the last lap and the Dutchman got second wind to overtake him.
Tomorrow - 08/11/2015     Ruddervoorde (BE) Superprestige
gerry12ie

Bit of an epic in the Koksijde dunes on Sunday...


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Good to see Van Der Poel back from injury and he seemed delighted with his third place - albeit a minute down on Van Aert and De Kannibaal who slugged it out for five laps on their own. Brilliant stuff...
mr shifter

gerry12ie wrote:
Bit of an epic in the Koksijde dunes on Sunday...
Good to see Van Der Poel back from injury and he seemed delighted with his third place - albeit a minute down on Van Aert and De Kannibaal who slugged it out for five laps on their own. Brilliant stuff...
Your so right gerry.
De Kannibaal (Sven Nys) had this win after his win the day before, being his first win for just over a year. (wait for it and two come along together)
The 20 year old World Champion  Mathieu van der Poel (NL) starting his first race since his accident managed to pull through for a podium place.
Wout van Aert: who remains the leader in the World Cup. wrote:
"I had to settle for second place",  "After the puncture I had to work hard to get back to Nys. I was not at my best today and the technical strips I made some mistakes. I had expected that Nys would be slower after his victory yesterday. A lot of respect for him, for today and throughout his career."  "After the puncture I had to work hard to get back to Nys. I was not at my best today and the technical strips I made some mistakes. I had expected that Nys would be slower after his victory yesterday. A lot of respect for him, for today and throughout his career."
HuwB

Perhaps this is the best to place this sad news:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/erik-de-vlaeminck-dies-at-age-70/
mr shifter

HuwB wrote:
Perhaps this is the best to place this sad news:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/erik-de-vlaeminck-dies-at-age-70/

Sorry I missed this on this forum as this thread is seldom used without Caperoadie being around.
I responded on the 5th elsewhere about Erik De Vlaeminck the 7 times Cyclocross World Champion and later he became the national cyclo-cross coach and led Belgium to a dominating period of international success.
RIP Erik.
You and your brother certainly ruled the roost in my era.
Biosphere

Yes, I should come here more often. De Vlaeminck was bit before my time. For my earliest memory, I can just about remember Adri Van Der Poel straddling the road and cross disciplines. Once Kelly and Roche had made it big, RTE started showing cross in the winter. Presumably fairly cheap filler for a Saturday afternoon Smile

I watched this last week. There was nothing posted in the few days following the European Championships. A decent picture copy was eventually uploaded, but I forgot to check back til last week. Soundtrack is I presume in Dutch. In the end I had misremebered the result so quite an exciting one to watch with another big head to head battle.


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The uploader has loads more on offer if one clicks through on his name.

https://www.youtube.com/user/RodericKreunen/videos
mr shifter

Well, about to start is the Class 1 Bpost bank trofee - Scheldecross Antwerpen in Belgium.
I can't get Sporza but I use the same link as you when it's finished.

Then tomorrow it's a Class 1 World Cup from Namur and sceduled for a late showing at 1730 GMT on British Eurosport.
In the mean time I follow a Ticker, which has said ;_Merlier leads the dance through the first stretch of sand, Van der Poel is in his wheel.
mr shifter

1535 CET-Van der Haar goes to the ground and seems to have hurt his shoulder.
Biosphere

US national championships live on Cyclingtips. Women at the moment with Compton closing in on victory. Men to follow in a bit.

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/vi...ational-cyclocross-championships/
mr shifter

Biosphere wrote:
US national championships live on Cyclingtips. Women at the moment with Compton closing in on victory. Men to follow in a bit.

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/vi...ational-cyclocross-championships/
Sunday 10th January 2016 :
Wout Van Aert became the Belgian Champion
Mathieu Van Der Poel the Dutch Champion
Francis Mourey the French Champion
Gioele Bertolini the Italian Champion

And as you mentioned the race :
Jeremy Powers the USA Champion : held in Asheville, NC, a place I once stayed during my travels around the Smokey Mountains.

I hope they are all still on Form in 3 weeks time at 30-31 Jan UCI World Championships Heusden-Zolder BEL
Biosphere

I'll stick this here as well:

Junior Men's Cyclocross about to kick off. Super quality stream as usual - looks great on the TV Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vW3AymMiO4

Video homepage rest of the weekends event

https://www.youtube.com/user/ucichannel

Massive crowds expected tomorrow.
Slapshot 3

Wow... Gold for Britain in  the U23 Ladies!

That was impressive from Evie Richards, very impressive!
Biosphere

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Wow... Gold for Britain in  the U23 Ladies!

That was impressive from Evie Richards, very impressive!


A link for that

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEEP7EGFk_U

Talking heads from 1 minute in. Actual race starts at 10:30. Huw will probably mention it, but Becky's younger sister was racing. Video footage of her supporters at 1:20ish and 6:30ish.
HuwB

Biosphere wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
Wow... Gold for Britain in  the U23 Ladies!

That was impressive from Evie Richards, very impressive!


A link for that

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEEP7EGFk_U

Talking heads from 1 minute in. Actual race starts at 10:30. Huw will probably mention it, but Becky's younger sister was racing. Video footage of her supporters at 1:20ish and 6:30ish.


Slappers and I was chatting about it elsewhere. Wink

Met Evie's large entourage in Andorra at the World MTB champs.
A very confident young lady and not that much older than our Ffi, who turned 18, last month.
15th: not too bad.
Our's is planning on having a year in the academy, but is then heading to Cambridge, where she has been offered a place subject to exam results.
So, not solely focusing on the bike.

Yes, there is a fair sized group who have traveled over from Abergavenny.
I was asked to go with dad, but I didn't fancy the travel, given the current spate of storms.
The club kit has created quite some interest in Belgium, seeing it's the only Adidas kit on the market!
HuwB

The footnote is bad.
One of the U23 girls confirmed to have had a motor in her bike:-
http://www.uci.ch/pressreleases/uci-statement-174751/

Femke van den Driessche according to the twitterati.
Biosphere

Of course somebody spiked her bike

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/mo...zed-doping-at-cyclo-cross-worlds/

Quote:
“Femke has absolutely not used that bike during the race. We are strongly affected by the events. Femke is totally upside down about it.

“We also do not know what ‘technical fraud’ means. But if the intention was to cheat, would you still ride that bike? Femke has been European and Belgian Champion. Why would you do in the world championships?”

His words will likely be viewed with some scepticism, as her brother is currently serving a ban for EPO.
HuwB

Pinched from BR.

Quote:
https://t.co/rf0cEcenNz

It's the splits from the Koppenberg Cross in November, where she was second. 5% faster than anyone else in the women's field on the uphill bit. The commentator on Belgian TV says "she is so strong on the climbs but losing time everywhere else, must be a technique thing".


Koppenberg
Pos Nr UCI Code Name Age NOC Team # Time Gap
1. 10 BEL19960827 VAN DEN DRIESSCHE FEMKE 19 BEL 1 02:58.04
2. 2 GBR19810304 WYMAN HELEN 34 GBR SWIFT RACING TEAM 1 03:07.96 +00:09.92
3. 5 BEL19900101 VERSCHUREN JOLIEN 25 BEL 1 03:08.58 +00:10.54
4. 7 NED19931106 DE JONG THALITA 22 NED 1 03:08.78 +00:10.73
5. 3 GBR19861230 HARRIS NIKKI 29 GBR TC GROENEWOUD 1 03:13.17 +00:15.12
6. 1 BEL19901008 CANT SANNE 25 BEL 1 03:13.28 +00:15.24
7. 4 NED19881027 VAN PAASSEN SANNE 27 NED WV SCHIJNDEL 1 03:16.53 +00:18.48
8. 8 NED19940928 KAPTHEIJNS MAUD 21 NED 1 03:21.06 +00:23.02
9. 6 BEL19800916 VAN LOY ELLEN 35 BEL 1 03:21.42 +00:23.37
10. 35 GBR19000101 SIMPSON ANNIE GBR 1 03:31.94 +00:33.90
11. 46 NED19950211 WITLOX LIZZY 20 NED TWC TEMPO 1 03:36.86 +00:38.81
12. 32 GBR19940323 PAYTON HANNAH 21 GBR GREAT BRITAIN 1 03:38.94 +00:40.90
13. 34 FRA19000101 PETIT MARLENE FRA 1 03:39.64 +00:41.59
14. 27 GBR19850517 LEE DIANE 30 GBR MULE BAR GIRLS SIGMA SPORT 1 03:42.11 +00:44.07
15. 36 NED19870604 TER BEEK LINDA 28 NED HWV DE TUBANTERS 1 03:42.23 +00:44.19
gerry12ie

Somehow contrived to miss all the action yesterday Sad

Saw this little clip of Femke riding away from the rest at Koppenbergcross and it backs up the splits that Huw posted.  She just rode effortlessly away...


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Note Van Looy pulled out of the elite women's just before the start citing illness.  I wonder will any more Belgians feel a cold coming on today?
Biosphere

Probably repeating a comment that is all over the internet at the moment, but the Belgians are really motoring in the U23s at the moment Wink
gerry12ie

That was a hell of an U23 race.  The Czech didn't just celebrate on the wrong lap, he was little short of dismounting and giving interviews!  How he managed to get going again and take it to a fantastic sprint for the real finish, I'll never know.  Isybert at least avoids Belgium the embarressment of a potential gold whitewash in the championships.  As if they hadn't troubles...
Biosphere

gerry12ie wrote:
 How he managed to get going again and take it to a fantastic sprint for the real finish, I'll never know . . .


He did more than that. He got the entire family interested in a a cyclo-cross race. That's unprecedented Smile
gerry12ie


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gerry12ie

Great tussle between Wout and van der Haar and a great race overall.  It looked 50/50 right until the last climb but Belgium ended up having a great day at the office.  It didn't look that way with three to go mind - the Dutch were looking ominous until MVDP put his foot in Wout's wheel...

What happened MDVP at the finish, he looked to have bronze wrapped up but finished only fifth?
Biosphere

That was another great race. That downhill overtaking manoeuvre by van der Haar looked like it might have sealed the deal, but Van Aert just seemed to go past him easily on the last climb (on foot for those that didn't see it and are raising eyebrows). It literally had the two little fellas here on the edge of their seats and asking when will next race be Smile
Biosphere

gerry12ie wrote:
What happened MDVP at the finish, he looked to have bronze wrapped up but finished only fifth?


He seems to have sat up if he's being reported correctly. Didn't fancy coming third.
Slapshot 3

MVDP said on Cn that he just had a bad day and was on the limit staying with Van de Haar and Van Aert in the early stages of the race, it happens
mazda

Biosphere wrote:
Of course somebody spiked her bike

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/mo...zed-doping-at-cyclo-cross-worlds/

Quote:
“Femke has absolutely not used that bike during the race. We are strongly affected by the events. Femke is totally upside down about it.

“We also do not know what ‘technical fraud’ means. But if the intention was to cheat, would you still ride that bike? Femke has been European and Belgian Champion. Why would you do in the world championships?”

His words will likely be viewed with some scepticism, as her brother is currently serving a ban for EPO.


The saga continues.
She is claiming that the bike is one she sold to a friend last year, identical to her current one (not sure if it already had the motor or was added later) and the mechanics must have accidentally put it on the car.
Apparently that won't be a valid excuse anyway, but possibly more aimed at salvaging her image.

Plus her father and brother are involved in a case where two parakeets were stolen from a pet shop.
http://www.stickybottle.com/lates...-caught-stealing-parrots-on-cctv/

I wonder how many brightly coloured, stuffed, toy birds there will be at her next race ?
Boogerd_Fan

that excuse holds up as poorly as Basso's dog being sick so they stock up the medicine cabinet with everything possible...!

i'd like to know more about:
a) how widespread is it in the Pro peloton to use motors
b) if any real evidence exists to support Mister X's claims in Gazzetto Della Sport that he helped write the Gran Fando results in Italy in last decade.
Nolte

I am just laughing at the parrot story. It just seems ridiculous. The girl with a motor in her bicycle and her parrot stealing brother and fathers sounds like a terrible book from Jonas jonasson
Slapshot 3

MVDP wins Superprestige at Hoogerheide, for a pan flat course it was pretty good!

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