BPost Bank Trophy Ronse

”Every girl is beautiful, every girl deserves a chance” – Sanne van Paassen

I’m not for that women (or men) should get a job to make the workplace equal between men and women. I’m for the best one for the job. Everyone should be worth the same no matter of gender or skin colour. Cyclocross is a sport where women and men aren’t worth the same, sadly but true.

But it can be changed. So let’s give everyone a the same chances. The girl on the picture for example, she isn’t so old in the sport but she is a girl you should know of if you’re interested in cyclocross.

Here is both men’s and women’s race from Ronse yesterday:

Superprestige Gieten and EKZ CrossTour Dielsdorf

A lot of racing this weekend. Like the first Superprestige cyclocross in Gieten. Here by TV Drenthe:

With a happy Sanne Cant on the startline, maybe first picture of her smiling:

More pictures from the race by Balint Hamvas here: Cyclephotos Follow him for the best CX pictures all season long 🙂

And there was another big race in Switzerland in their EKZ CrossTour. 2nd race now in Dielsdorf:

Pictures from the race by Elisa Haumesser here: Facebook

Soudal GP Neerpelt Cyclocross

While it was road World Championships in Richmond there was full on racing cyclocross in Belgium, a race usually followed by many more when it doesn’t collide with a World Championship.

Here is some highlights from the men’s race:

  1. Wout van Aert
  2. Kevin Pauwels
  3. Laurens Sweeck

The women’s race is as usual not sent but Sanne van Paassen is Vloging so here you go:

  1. Sanne van Paassen
  2. Ellen van Loy
  3. Maud Kaptheijns

CX World Championships Women Elite

Felt sorry for Eva Lechner today. Hoped that she would win but instead she crashed on the first muddy corner after Nikkie Harris changed line. Her derailleur hanger broke so had to run far to the pits and change bike. Then she showed her form with setting the best laptimes, ended 31st 😦 Impressive to not give up!

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre was in front in the beginning and sat the pace. After was the winning group chasing with riders like Sanne Cant, Marianne Vos, Katerina Nash, Nikki Harris and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Became a group in the front after a couple of laps but it was two riders who had a bit more power and technical skills than the others. One that at least I didn’t expect.

Sanne Cant and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot showed the fight of the day and Cant showed that she really found the shape in the right moment. Usually she is at the top 5 when all favourites are together but never in front in the end. Today she was and showed a pure cyclocrossers skills.

But Pauline Ferrand-Prevot didn’t let Can pass on the finish straight and took another world champion jersey from Marianne Vos:

finish

Behind there was a fight between Marianne Vos, Katerina Nash and Nikki Harris. Nash had to much pressure and pushed the limit a bit far on the last lap and crashed a couple of times. Marianne Vos raced like a legend does and ended 3rd. Would be odd to miss the podium on a World Championships.

Top 10:

results

The three fastest CX women in the world!

podium

closeup

And did you notice Marianne Vos shoes? I was noticing her class with high white socks but she also got shoes I’ve never seen before. It looks like a pair of Specialized Stumpy II but on the outside it says LIV. That’s classy 😀 And what I’ve seen Marianne Vos is the women with highest class in cycling.

Don’t miss the men elite tomorrow at 14.00

Equal pricemoney at Koppenbergcross!!!

Women and men CX riders train as much to perform on their absolute top level. But there is a big difference in support by sponsors and pricemoney at races. And it seems hard to change. One who is doing as much as she can is Helen Wyman who raced a lot in USA where Twenty22Cycling stepped in last season to sponsor with money so women got the same amout of pricemoney as the men. Shouldn’t Europe be better?

Now Wyman got help from Twenty22Cycling in US to get equal pricemoney at Koppenbergcross on saturday. An american bikestore with help from Specialized in Belgium/The Netherlands step in to sponsor an european race at the CX center of the world? Can’t european race organizers be better then that? A video about it:

Belgian news about it: Nieuwsblad

CX World Cup Valkenburg, the replays

If you like me missed see the racing live yesterday you can watch the replay. See how Sanne van Paassen passing a lot of people and great english battles:

And the men’s race, haven’t seen it all yet myself:

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 😀

Here is a course preview by In the Mud:

Women elite starts 13.45

Men elite starts 15.00