Both Tauber and Terpstra have prior cx experience with Tauber even doing quite well at the Hulst world cup last year. I guess the argument is its poorly positioned world cup. Id think a similar situation would occur if Tabor or another non Benelux WC like Besancon were positioned when Val di Sole is.A paltry looking Dutch 'team' for the Val di Sole CX World Cup; 1 man & 6 women in the Elites....they've also picked the two MTB Annes......
Wout looked technically solid, beefier than ever and untouchable by the rest of the field. Clearly the course favored him but still - stronger than ever.Great rides by both winners and good battles behind in both races.
Someone mentioned that they visited a race in person and the riders in the women's race were smaller than they expected. I had the opposite opinion when visiting Boom today. There were riders that after seeing on TV I didn't expect to be as tall as they actually are. Alot of the younger riders at the front like Backstedt, van Empel and Schreiber were taller than I would've thought and others like Bakker and Norbert Riberolle who loom pretty tall compared to others on the tv were more average than I was expecting.
The course is tougher than I expected. Ive never appreciated the steepness of the sides of the amphitheatre but they are properly steep. Especially the drop from the top to the bottom where alot the men were sliding about, and the climb before it.
Couldn't agree more. What's the point in making everyone travel to a mountain resort in Italy, for a course that could be have been held in a field, anywhere.As I said earlier, it's not a very inspiring course - which I hoped it would be......
Having seen some coverage on Instagram of training, it actually looks better than I originally thought. One hopes we get two decent races, I don't think it will be down to pure power.As I said earlier, it's not a very inspiring course - which I hoped it would be......
Shes been training in Spain first privately and then with the rest of SD Worx. I guess she also had a short break as there wasn't really much gap in racing between the road/xc and her cx season start.PS: Where is Blanka Kata Vas, is she racing tomorrow? It seems like she's been absent for about a month.
Interesting tactic to use dogs instead of tablets to check for motors
Great video with the Italian small talk in the background. Course looks quite difficult. With higher speed there are going to be crashes. Would be interesting to hear what the riders say afterwards.Full lap on the course of the UCI World Cup cyclocross in Val di Sole
For a course that looks mostly flat from afar, it has a lot of ups and downs, slippery corners, and a steep running section, so a little bit of everything, plus snow.