I did a race at SeaTac (Seattle USA) that had a section where our bottom pedal stoke went under water for about 15 strokes. The rest of the course wasn't much better...not really a fun day.Apparently the Dutch champs course isn't the only one that's rather wet. This is the British one.
I disagree with this. Don't get me wrong, I like Pieterse and she's great, but I also love the more introverted style of Van Empel. When she's on it, it almost looks like she is in some zen-like state, a really special rider.Fem is the Champion and well deserved, but Puck is the star......
That's true, it's a fast course with only a few sections where you can make the difference. Or actually just one: the long climb. Van Empel was by far the strongest there, as was Thibau Nys. The rest of it is a lot of slippery corners, where you can only go as fast as the course allows without crashing.Take away from today’s races is that it only takes one mistake and then your chances are diminished massively. Quite unforgiving. Will be very interesting to see who can hold it together for the whole race. If both WVA and MVDP do it will be an interesting sprint to watch…
On a nationalistic note, another good performance by first year Cat Ferguson, who hasn't raced much this year. Hopefully she can do a fuller program next season. And sorry Shirin, but Ava Holmgren is my new favourite rider based purely on their ridiculously cheerful personality.Yes, the season's best rider is not winning the Worlds.......Which is why sports that have a season long championship are probably a fairer way to decide champions.
But well done to the young Canadians; they've been up there all season - and hopefully can stay in CX and not give it up.
Either From the Pool or From Earth will win.The winner of the men's elite race tomorrow will have a 'Van' in his name!
I agree that Molengraaf's mechanical took something away from the race, and maybe this isn't the point you're making, but watching the race to that point, I don't see that it's clear that she wins without the flat. Maybe without the flat AND without the crash. Nor are flats in CX 100% down to luck, though in a course like this where apparently no one ever flats (according to Wyman and Field on the commentary) that is a bit unlucky.Didn't see the Junior race, but sad to hear about Molengrafs misfortune. I usually cheer for the underdog, but when someone dominates all season, but loses out to luck, have to feel bad for them.
Michael Vanthourenhout for the triple!?The winner of the men's elite race tomorrow will have a 'Van' in his name!
Yes, but I hope they can combine CX with MTB in the summer like Puck does. They're possibly the future of Canadian MTB, after Batty, Jackson and Arsenault......I really hope that the Holmgren's find a way to stick with CX. All of the incentives in Canada would push them towards a focus on MTB (especially the funding program for athletes in an Olympic sport) but their dad is the CX head for the federation so maybe he can steer them to remain in the sport.