Boxing Day, 26 December, sees the start of the busiest period on the European cross calendar.
It all kicks of with a round of the UCI CX World Cup at Heusden-Zolder, and ends a breathless 8 days later on Jan 3rd at the Soudal Classic in Leuven, with another four races in between. During the festive race card there are two rounds of the bpost trofee, including Sven Nijs’ own race on New Years Day, and a round each of the Superprestige and the World Cup.
All of which provide riders with a great chance to improve their position in each series. It also allows them an opportunity for some serious tune-up ahead of their respective cyclocross national championships on 10 January.
It will be interesting to see if the likes of Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel and Sven Nijs can continue their dominant form, or if new(er) names come to the fore. Can Lars Boom shake things up when he finally dips his toe in ‘cross racing again? Will Kevin Pauwels once again show late-season form? And what of Belgium champion Klaas Vantornout. He has been invisible this season, but a strong 4th at Namur may promise more for this busy part of the season.
On current from you would not bet against Nikki Harris and Helen Wyman placing and winning races during the holiest of weeks. Will Sanne Cant shake of her injury and get back to her brilliant best? And will an improving Sophie de Boer get in the mix?
All in all it promises to be an exciting week of racing. So sit back and enjoy!