The National Cyclocross Championships have moved to January, and it was a fantastic weekend for live women’s cycling, with the Dutch Champs having the women as the Main Event, so we could flip from live Belgium to live Netherlands women, before heading to the USA. Such an amazing luxurious day of race after race!
I’ve said it a lot this season, but wow, things have changed so much, so quickly, in terms of cyclocross broadcasting for women. Just a few years ago, I felt lucky to see highlights of the women’s World Champs, and 5 minutes of a race was a luxury, but now I can watch all three major series without going near a dodgy stream – AND most races on my actual TV too! CX is now the cycling discipline that is most accessible, in terms of watching women’s racing, and everyone who’s worked on that should be so proud, especially the people at Sporza. It’s glorious!
Of course there are still some countries that could do with improvement, but this weekend demonstrates why – and that it’s completely possible to provide more than 2 minutes highlights. Strap in for some great videos, photos and media – and of course, if there are any that I’ve missed, please do tell me, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.
As always, it’s the Dutch Cyclocross Championships that has the biggest field in terms of most riders who could win, with a current and former World Champion lining up. But from the first lap, there was one rider head-and-shoulders above the rest…
(If anyone can find the full replay anywhere, please do let me know – I love that it was all live!)
1. Marianne Vos, WM3 Procycling
2. Lucinda Brand, Sunweb
3. Sophie de Boer, Parkhotel Velkenberg
4. Maud Kaptheijns
5. Thalita de Jong
6. Geerte Hoeke
7. Denise Betsema
8. Monique van de Ree
9. Veerle Goossens
10. Mascha Mulder
More video highlights with interview with Vos, on NOS.nl,
That was such a great race to watch – got to admit, I had tears in my eyes when Marianne Vos crossed the line. For sure, she’s one of the very greatest cyclocross riders there’s ever been, and that course, with over 35 corners per lap, suited her perfectly, so her winning shouldn’t be a surprise – but after the last few years of illness and injury, and so many problems, seeing her back on top form was glorious. I would have been delighted for about 5 of the riders if they’d won, as they’re all such great personalities, and all deserve it in different ways but seeing Vos back was very special. And that emotional moment when she crossed the line showed how much it meant to her, as well.
Although this was a VERY fast turnaround…! (makes me laugh, because I was asked on twitter why her WM3 Procycling kit doesn’t have rainbow bands on it, and I said I thought it was because she’d soon be swapping it for Dutch stripes… or maybe rainbows…
Report on Lucinda Brand’s second-place on the Liv Cycling website
Een om snel te vergeten. 2 maal materiaalproblemen in start en dat was op die 'kermis-ronde geen goed begin. Jammer genoeg mijn trui niet eens kunnen verdedigen, want iedereen was al gevlogen 😐 Bedankt voor alle aanmoedigingen, maar heb niet echt kunnen genieten helaas 😔 #nk #meteenopachterstand #inhaalrace #5e 📷 @kristvanmelle
Junior Dutch Champion Manon Bakker:
Another big field for the Belgian women – could Sanne Cant win her 8th title in a row at the 100th Belgian Cyclocross Championships?
Of course she could! But it shows how much Belgian women’s CX keeps improving, that she had to fight hard for it!
1. Sanne Cant, IKO Eneretherm-Beobank, 0:40:59
2. Laura Verdonschot, KDL, + 00:04
3. Ellen Van Loy, Young Telenet Fidea, + 01:24
4. Jolien Verschueren, Young Telenet Fidea, + 01:35
5. Loes Sels, Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:14
6. Alicia Franck, Belgium, s.t.
7. Joyce Vanderbeken, Decock-Van Eyck-Devos-Cap, + 02:48
8. Karen Verhestraeten, + 02:55
9. Eva Maria Palm, Koga Ladies-Dr Herzog, + 04:15
10. Julie Van de Velde, s.t.
More on Verdonschot, by Belgian sports journalist Karl Vannieuwkerke.
A snow race in Connecticut – and wow, I miss seeing snow and ice cyclocross. With global warming, maybe it’s a thing of the past for the Belgian and Dutch races? We had 7 hours of live racing on the USA Cycling livestream, but you can find the Elite women from 2:45:15 (scroll back to see the U23 men’s race, and forward for the elite men – gutted for USAC that their technical problems meant they couldn’t get the livestream up for the U23 women, as planned)
1. Katie Compton, KFC Racing/Trek/Panache, 0:49:25
2. Amanda Miller, Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo, + 00:28
3. Kaitlin Antonneau, Cannondale Cyclocrossworld, + 00:40
4. Elle Anderson, Elle Anderson Racing, + 01:46
5. Courtenay McFadden, American Classic/Zones, + 02:11
6. Crystal Anthony, Maxxis-Shimano, + 02:36
7. Arley Kemmerer, Fearless Femme, + 04:10
8. Rebecca Fahringer, Amy D Foundation, + 04:14
9. Sunny Gilbert, Van Dessel, s.t.
10. Melinda McCutcheon, DNA Cotton Sox, + 05:54
No surprise at all in this one – Katie Compton won her 13th title. There are tons and tons of interviews with major players in pretty much all the races (from the 11-12 year olds to the 65-69 Masters, with some singlespeed thrown in too) on Cyclocross Magazine’s youtube. Here’s Compton’s post-win interview – and Amanda Miller in second place, and Kaitlin Antonneau third.
Junior Champion Ashley Zoerner
Tons and tons of reports and photo galleries from each of the races under the CX Magazine tag.
1. Nikki Brammeier, Boels-Dolmans, 0:48:05
2. Hannah Peyton, Kinesis UK, + 02:04
3. Bethany Crumpton, Boot Out Breat Cancer CC, + 02:23
4. Diane Lee, Cannondale Girls, + 04:59
5. Rebecca Preece, Leisure Lakes Bikes.com, + 05:53
6. Isla Rowntree, Islabikes, + 06:20
7. Delia Beddis, Vicious Velo, + 06:52
8. Tracy Moseley, T-Mo Racing, + 06:53
9. Louise Haywood-Mahé, Les Filles, + 07:26
10. Ruby Miller, Hargroves-Ridley, + 07:34
Pavla Havlíková beat up-and-coming Nikola Nosková for the win
1. Caroline Mani, 2. Juliette Labous, 3. Hélène Clauzel – Full results
There are video interviews with lots of riders on the Spanish Cycling Federation YouTube, including elite winner Alicia González:
Junior Champion Sofía Rodríguez:
Other results can be found on the UCI Cyclocross results page (filter for women on the right-hand side, and then the 2017 season at the top) – but the other winners:
- Austria: Nadja Heigl
- Denmark: Madeline Degn
- Germany: Jessica Lambracht
- Ireland: Beth McCluskey
- Poland: Magdalena Sadlecka
- Portugal: Sandra Dos Santos
- Switzerland: Jasmine Egger-Achermann
Big thanks to all my wonderful Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing.
The next live cyclocross will be the Italian round of the 2016/7 Telenet Cyclocross World Cup, on 15th January, and then the Hoogerheide World Cup on 22nd January – the last round of the World Cup, before the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships on 28-9th January. All these races will be streamed live on the UCI YouTube Channel, and on Sporza too.