GP Mario de Clercq, CX Ronse

First CX race this season for the world champ today, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step stylish kit:

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And as he is the world champion Stybar can have his bike like he wants. Specialized doesn’t have any Crux CX bikes with cantilevers for 2015 but Stybar got some ;)

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So world champ, light bike, Sram CX1, aerohelmet = win?

He caught Mathieu van der Poel on the first lap and lapped as #1 but then it became a bigger group. Then Sven Nys showed himself with an attack and then the race was over. Sven Nys was just better today and Stybar was dropping a bit.

1. Sven Nys – Crelan – AA Drink

2. Mathieu van der Poel – BKCP-Powerplus

3. Klaas Vantournout – Sunweb-Napoleon Games

4. Kevin Pauwels – Sunweb-Napoleon Games

5. Lars van der Haar – Giant Shimano Development Team

6. Tom Meeusen – Telenet Fidea

7. Wout van Aert – Vastgoedservice Golden Palace

8. Zdenek Stybar – Omega Pharma – Quickstep

The womens race was missing live stream :( but got some results:

1. Sophie de Boer – Kalas-NNOF

2. Helen Wyman – Kona FFSA Factory

3. Jolien Verschueren – Wielerteam Decock-Woningbouw Vandekerckhove

Preview: bPost Bank Trofee Ronse

Today is the big happening. Sanne van Paassen started CX a week ago and today the other big champ starts. Zdenek Stybar is racing CX instead of riding in poor conditions in China :D

Here is a course preview by In the Mud:

Women elite starts 13.45

Men elite starts 15.00

CX Svelvik

They changed a lot on the course since last year which made me really happy. Had a couple of rocky/rooty sections but much better in all ways. Started after M15-16, Women Senior, Men junior with 5 others. Nice people so smiles on the startline. Almost missed the start but starting last I didn’t loose any time. Geared a couple of gears fast and then I dropped my chain.

Put the chain on and I was last. Chased and dropped the chain in total 3 times more. Gearing to fast on bumpy terrain with a chainring without wide/narrow teeths and without steerer wasn’t so good. Chased a lot on the first lap and caught some people but went a bit to hard so after 1st lap I wasn’t so good anymore and had to slow down.

Chased in a pace I could hold and got some backpain, understandable when racing hard without training ;) Was pretty funny at least and except the chain my bike worked perfect. The Awesome sticker on the top tube really tells the truth :D

Ended 3rd which resulted in podium and some flowers ;)

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Photo by Jon Even Corneliusen

And then it was men elite, 59 riders so a lot of people on track at the same time. Record on CX in Norway I think. Fun to see the sport grow.

Top 10:

1. Fredrik Haraldseth – Bærum OCK

2. Morten Vaeng – Drammen CK

3. Kristoffer Sommer Wormsen – Ringerike SK

4. Johan Nystrand – Svanesunds GIF

Women elite:

1. Jeanette Persson – Skullerud SpKl Sykkel

2. Katrine Ferrao Hofstad – IK Hero Sykkel

3. Tiril Hole Mohr – IK Hero Sykkel

prepared for the weekend

Are you?

I’ve checked my CX, hanged it in a scale, washed it and put the handlebar in perfect position for tomorrows race. So the 6,73kg beauty stands here shining :)

Found some nice podcasts too to listen too, Swedish MTB-Podden. Soft to just lay in the sofa and listening to interviews with interesting people.

Tomorrow I will race CX in Svelvik at the Norwegian CX Cup opening round with 4 others in the sports class. Elite class with 59 men and 5 women, pretty impressive men’s field of such a new sport in this country. Looks like I will race before the rain comes too ;)

If you don’t like CX and just dreams about nice riding and alps you should watch this highlights from Perskindol Swiss Epic: