VeloNews.com » Cyclocross http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:34:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Jeremy and Gabby Durrin launch Neon Velo Cycling Team http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/cyclocross/jeremy-gabby-durrin-launch-neon-velo-cycling-team_341477 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/cyclocross/jeremy-gabby-durrin-launch-neon-velo-cycling-team_341477#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:17:53 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=341477

Gabby Durrin is one of Great Britain's top cyclocross racers. She's formed a new team for the 2014/2015 season alongside her husband, Jeremy Durrin. Photo courtesy Neon Velo Cycling Team.

Husband-and-wife team will be sponsored by Neon Velo, an English boutique cycling brand

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Gabby Durrin is one of Great Britain's top cyclocross racers. She's formed a new team for the 2014/2015 season alongside her husband, Jeremy Durrin. Photo courtesy Neon Velo Cycling Team.

Jeremy and Gabby Durrin have formed a husband-and-wife team for the 2014/2015 cyclocross season, partnering with U.K. title sponsor Neon Velo.

Neon Velo is an English boutique cycling brand that has an existing U23 development team in the U.K. The company first entered the cycling scene through custom tours and cycling trips for the corporate U.K. market. Neon Velo is expanding into the U.S., which is one reason why they are sponsoring an American cyclocross team.

“Partnering with Neon Velo as our title sponsor is something I am really excited about,” said Gabby Durrin. “Being a British rider, it seems only natural to have the backing of a British company. We also love the idea of having representation in both the U.K. and U.S., as it means that both Jeremy and I can give maximum exposure to our sponsors. Having the development team already established in the U.K. enables us both to have support at the races in the U.K. and Europe.”

The Durrins have become one of the most talented cyclocross couples in recent seasons. Gabby is ranked top-15 in the world and notched three top-10 results in the 2013 Superprestige series. Jeremy has been moving up the ranks over the last few seasons, grabbing a handful of top-five and top-10 results at domestic UCI races in 2013.

“This new program is exciting,” said Jeremy Durrin. “Having the backing of Neon Velo and the support of all of the other sponsors has shown Gabby and I that these people believe in us and think we can do great things for the sport. Running our own program is new for us, but we are confident and very enthusiastic about this challenge. We are very much looking forward to representing our sponsors this season, racing hard, and standing on the podium! We are excited and very proud of what has come together.”

The couple will be riding Trek Boone 9 bikes for the coming season.

“Trek is very pleased to have Gabby Durrin and Jeremy Durrin racing on the new Trek Boone 9,” said Matt Shriver, Trek team liaison. “Trek is a like a family and we are happy to have two more awesome racers, but even better people on our bikes. Gabby and Jeremy both bring years of racing experience as well as refreshing enthusiasm to the front of the elite races. We are looking forward to working closely with Gabby and Jeremy during the season and having them fly the Trek colors off the front.”

The sponsor line-up complementing Neon Velo includes Trek, Castelli, Giro, Oakley, SRAM, Easton, Crank Brothers, Fizik, Challenge, Pedros, Skratch, Bearded Bros energy bars, Grimpeur Bros coffee, and Graphic Innovations.

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Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff have started their own team for the 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Several other domestic pros are taking this approach, organizing and managing their own teams. Photo: Allen Krughoff

Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff team up to form new 'cross squad; Cody Kaiser will race as a one-man team

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Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff have started their own team for the 2014/2015 cyclocross season. Several other domestic pros are taking this approach, organizing and managing their own teams. Photo: Allen Krughoff

Familiar faces will be wearing new kits when the 2014/2015 cyclocross season kicks off next month.

Jeremy Powers recently announced the formation of Aspire Racing.

Also, several domestic professionals have taken it upon themselves to start their own teams for the coming season, resulting in new squads with small but focused rosters.

Former national champion Meredith Miller leaves the California Giant Cycling Team to form the Noosa Professional Cyclocross team. She will be co-owner and co-manager of the team alongside fellow Boulder, Colorado pro Allen Krughoff, who placed fifth at 2014 cyclocross national championships and represented the U.S. at world championships that year. Krughoff leaves Raleigh-Clement after a two-year stint with that team.

Miller is proving to be in good form, with a podium finish at the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, despite a new approach to her cyclocross preparation.

“For the last six years, I’ve gone straight from the ‘cross season into the road season and from the road season right into the ‘cross season,” said Miller. “It’s been different this year. I didn’t touch a bike for nearly the entire month of February, and I’ve been riding a ton since March but without a training plan. This has been my first big break in seven years.”

Cody Kaiser is also leaving California Giant for greener pastures. The 2009 junior national cyclocross champion is forming the LangeTwins/Specialized team, combining some of his longtime sponsors with a local Northern California vintner, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards. He will be the sole rider on the new team.

“The LangeTwins family has been a staple in the ‘cross community since 2009,” said Kaiser. “Watching what Joe [Lange] had done with their masters road program, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to help grow the brand in both the California scene and on the national level. I’ve always loved racing on their property, even having my hand at course design each year out there. Now being able to fully represent the brand, I couldn’t be happier.”

Check back for more updates on new 2014/2015 cyclocross teams.

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Jeremy Powers announces new cyclocross team, Aspire Racing http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/jeremy-powers-announces-new-cyclocross-team-aspire-racing_340798 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/jeremy-powers-announces-new-cyclocross-team-aspire-racing_340798#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:21:49 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=340798

Jeremy Powers will keep many of his 2013/2014 sponsors for his new team, Aspire Racing.

National cyclocross champion launches a new one-man team that aims to be the United States’ first professionally registered cross program

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Jeremy Powers will keep many of his 2013/2014 sponsors for his new team, Aspire Racing.

EASTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers announced the creation of Aspire Racing — a new cyclocross team that aspires to be the United States’ first professionally registered cyclocross program in the coming years. Initially headlined with Powers as a team of one for the 2014-2015 season, Aspire Racing will participate in both domestic and international races with the goal of providing the same high visibility that sponsors have come to expect from Powers.

“Launching this team is something I’m really excited about,” said Powers. “I have always been passionate about cyclocross — the JAM Fund, BTB TV, and now Aspire Racing are my ways of giving back to the sport that has given me so much. I am looking forward to integrating Aspire with my non-profit JAM Fund cycling program.

“By creating both a development program and a professional racing team, my dream is to create a path of support for young riders to fully develop and succeed in American cyclocross. Bases of support like development programs and professional teams are the way we will grow this sport in the U.S.”

Powers is one of America’s most successful cyclocross riders, with over 50 UCI victories in both the United States and Europe. He broke into professional cycling with the Jelly Belly team in 2004, initially riding both road and cyclocross.

Aspire Racings’s title sponsors are Rapha and Focus Bikes. Also joining the team are 15 sponsors: Focus, Rapha, Giro, Oakley, Zipp, Sram, Quarq, Park Tools, FMB, Fizik, Crankbrothers, WD-40 Bike, ICEdot, Eco-Products, and MotoFish Coffee.

“Jeremy captures the imagination of fans with the way he rides and through his personality,” said Slate Olson, Rapha’s chief marketing officer. “Jeremy has long shown that he can compete at the highest global level, we’re excited to be alongside him this season as he ramps up a focused cross campaign.”

“Focus Bicycles has had three years of success with Jeremy Powers on German-engineered Mares CX race bikes,” said Jeff Rowe of Focus Bicycles USA. “Focus is proud to be Jeremy’s choice as a partner in this new venture. The 2015 Mares CX incorporates more than a little bit of Jeremy’s input. Now let’s see where he takes it!”

Aspire Racing will reveal the newly designed national champion’s kit at Cross Vegas on September 10.

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Erica Zaveta selected for Amy D. Racing sponsorship http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/erica-zaveta-selected-amy-d-racing-sponsorship_340354 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/erica-zaveta-selected-amy-d-racing-sponsorship_340354#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:43:30 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=340354

Erica Zaveta was selected to be the first sponsored rider in the Amy D. Racing program. Photo: J.A. Murdock

Zaveta, 25, hails from Erwinna, Pennsylvania and now lives in Brevard, North Carolina where she recently graduated from Brevard College

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Erica Zaveta was selected to be the first sponsored rider in the Amy D. Racing program. Photo: J.A. Murdock

The Amy D. Racing program, a project of the Amy D. Foundation, has selected Erica Zaveta as its first recipient of an elite race sponsorship for the 2014-2015 cyclocross season.

Zaveta, 25, hails from Erwinna, Pennsylvania and now lives in Brevard, North Carolina where she recently graduated from Brevard College. She balances elite racing with part-time work at coaching company Sigma Human Performance. This season, she aims to finish consistently in the top-10 in elite women’s UCI races, with hopes of standing on the podium a few times as well.

“Erica is a great match for the Amy D. sponsorship,” said program manager Donn Kellogg. “She’s a top rider on the road, mountain bike, and cyclocross, and has really dedicated herself to the sport. I guess you could say she is a lot like Amy [Dombroski].”

Zaveta was 2013 collegiate national champion in cyclocross, short track, and downhill for Division II Brevard College. She also raced for the U.S. mountain bike national team and has elite European racing experience. Erica spent much of 2014 focusing on the domestic road circuit, while also finishing top-10 at mountain bike national championships.

Amy D. Racing’s goal is to sponsor a rider that embodies similar drive, passion, and focus that Dombroski had. Financial supporters include Raleigh, Clement, K-Edge, and Lazer. Additional support is provided by FSA, Vision, and TRP components. The Amy D. Racing program is managed by Donn Kellogg from the Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team, which will provide race and travel support throughout the season.

Look for the Amy D. Foundation tent in Las Vegas, Boulder, Madison, Gloucester, Providence, Rochester, Cincinnati, Iowa, Los Angeles, Bend, and Austin.

The Amy D. Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting aspiring female cyclists. Its mission is to inspire the celebration of healthy challenge and empower the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.

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Amy Dombroski was a rising star in the cyclocross community before her life was unexpectedly cut short in 2013. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com

The Amy D. Foundation and Raleigh/Clement will sponsor one selected female rider for full domestic UCI cyclocross calendar schedule

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Amy Dombroski was a rising star in the cyclocross community before her life was unexpectedly cut short in 2013. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | VeloNews.com

DENVER, Colorado (VN) – The Amy D. Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in honor of the late pro cyclist Amy Alison Dombroski, is introducing an elite race program for the 2014-2015 cyclocross season.

Dombroski passed away in 2013 after a tragic accident while training in Belgium. The Amy D. Foundation was created shortly after her passing, with the mission to, “encourage and support young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.”

Echoing this statement, the foundation’s racing program will facilitate the growth of elite-level women’s racing, while celebrating Amy’s life and the wonderful impact she left on the cycling community.

The Amy D. Racing program, along with Raleigh-Clement, will provide comprehensive sponsorship for one selected female rider over the age of 18 for the full domestic UCI cyclocross calendar. The sponsorship will be awarded to, “a talented and driven woman that exhibits character and values consistent with those that Amy displayed.”

Johs. Huseby from Clement Cycling told VeloNews, “The goal of the Amy D. Racing program is to follow in the spirit of what Amy stood for and what the foundation goes on to support. The Amy D. Foundation is all about supporting young, aspiring female cyclists with a passion and drive to get to the top.”

Applications for the Amy D. Racing program are due by July 22, 2014 and a copy of the application can be found here. The athlete will be selected by August 5, 2014.

To read more about the Amy D. Foundation and the Amy D. Racing program please visit amydfoundation.org/racing.

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Two-time world cyclocross champ Albert retires due to heart problem http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/05/news/two-time-world-cyclocross-champ-albert-retires-due-heart-problem_328691 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/05/news/two-time-world-cyclocross-champ-albert-retires-due-heart-problem_328691#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 12:58:53 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=328691 The Belgian suffers from a heart problem that could lead to a heart attack during a race

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Belgian cyclocross rider Niels Albert announced his retirement from the sport on Monday because of a heart condition.

The 28-year-old revealed the news in an emotional meeting with the media in Leuven, located in the Flanders region of Belgium.

Albert, a two-time world cyclocross champion (2009, 2012), said he suffers from a heart arrhythmia, a condition he said could cause a heart attack during a race when his heart rate is elevated.

Albert, who read from a letter during the press conference, said retiring was the only option because of the health condition.

“The bike has always been the biggest passion of my life, but after six years, I have to abruptly give up my professional life,” he said, according to a Sporza report.

“In these difficult circumstances, I would like to thank all those on my side: my family, friends, wife Chantal, the whole team and entourage, sponsors, supporters, all the organizers.

“The future is totally uncertain. My life was devoted to cycling. … Whether it’s business or in cycling, is still not [decided] today. All options are open.”

Albert, who turned professional in 2005, won the overall World Cup crowns during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.

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Stybar Q&A: On cobbles, racing with Boonen, and switching from ’cross http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/qa-stybar-on-cobbles-racing-with-boonen-and-switching-from-cross_322570 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/qa-stybar-on-cobbles-racing-with-boonen-and-switching-from-cross_322570#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:22:05 +0000 Matthew Beaudin http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=322570

Zdenek Stybar continued his rapid rise in the peloton at Milano-Sanremo with a solid seventh-place finish. Now he's looking toward the stones of Paris-Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

Zdenek Stybar, the current world champion in cyclocross, talks about his leap to the road, that day at Roubaix, and what may come next on

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Zdenek Stybar continued his rapid rise in the peloton at Milano-Sanremo with a solid seventh-place finish. Now he's looking toward the stones of Paris-Roubaix. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

He sits on a couch, loose. His new, white Chuck Taylors look crisp, as does his immaculate poof of hair. He speaks animatedly, and uses his hands.

Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) loves talking about racing, loves talking about what makes him tick. His name is bandied about now in cycling as the next “it” rider. Or, we should say, the next star on the road. He’s already a cyclocross king, a three-time world champ, and the discipline’s current bearer of the rainbow stripes.

Stybar’s road palmares is decidedly thin, though that could change at a moment’s notice — or the amount of time it takes to lose Fabian Cancellara’s wheel over the cobbles after a freak collision.

Stybar won a stage at the 2013 Vuelta a España and the overall at the Eneco Tour. In 2012, he won stages at the Tour of Poland and at Four Days of Dunkirk. Back in 2006, he won two stages at smaller races.

Of course these results don’t mention that he could have won Paris-Roubaix last year without that odd, imperfectly timed collision with a photographer. But this is road racing. Lots of things could happen, right?

Stybar finished sixth that day in northern France, and seventh at last month’s Milano-Sanremo, picking up where he left off after the “Queen of the Classics” a year ago. He is part of the powerhouse Omega Pharma team, which can free him up a bit, but also serves as a tether to Tom Boonen, if the Belgian king is feeling good. Stybar sat down with Velo and the U.K.-based Cycling Weekly earlier this season in the Middle East.

VN/CW: What’s it like to swap over from cyclocross so quickly?
Zdenek Stybar: It’s not too difficult because I was only training for the road, for the road season, so for the worlds I didn’t change anything. Of course I did some intervals, but the same as I would do for the road. I didn’t change anything. Then, a few days before the worlds, I did some training over there on the circuit, and then two days after the worlds I went to do a recon for the Tour of Flanders.

VN/CW: Will you race in the world champion jersey a fair amount next season?
ZS: I really don’t know … because I have, like, seven races of cyclocross and I think it is really good training and preparation for the road. I did the races between Christmas and the New Year period, so I already had some base training. I did some long-distance rides and then I did intervals with the cyclocross [bike]. I did the same last year but not the worlds. I wanted to see how I would feel, how the condition and the shape would be. And then I will see what races I will do next year. It has to suit everything. It can’t be, “OK, I’m going to just show the jersey and that’s it.” If I will go there, I want to make sure I’m not going to be dropped and riding in 10-15 position, because then it is no fun.

VN/CW: What are some of the differences you notice between road and cyclocross racing?
ZS: When you are riding a climb, you just go at one steady pace and then you die only one time, or maybe two times, on the climb. You just go until you can’t. In cyclocross, you go, and then you explode, and then you somehow recover again during the race because you have the turns so you can breathe a little bit and then you can go again, so during a race you can die 10 times. … So I think it’s also good for the road and for the classics, like the brain remembers that. You have to train it and on the road it is difficult to train it. Like for example, for the classics, it’s really hard before the climbs, then it’s hard on the climb, and then above the climb again, so for each climb, you need like three good accelerations. That is pretty similar to the ’cross, and that is my idea why I wanted to do cyclocross races.

VN/CW: How often do you think about Roubaix from last season?
ZS: Um … [pauses, laughs] … I can’t really say like I go to sleep every night with the idea of what I could reach there if I didn’t have the crash. I really think more about the future. I don’t really turn back actually a lot behind me. I already forgot about the worlds. … I don’t really look behind, always more in front, so I don’t really think too much about Roubaix anymore. I think about Roubaix, but for next year.

VN/CW: Well, how about this year then?
ZS: Just that I have to get to the same place, but without a crash!

VN/CW: Do you think it’s to your advantage to ride for such a strong team, or do you think it may hold you back?
ZS: Absolutely for me I think that’s one of the most important things of all, actually, that I still have the guys with experience. Because I have done [the classics] only once, all those races. It’s my dream, it’s my big goal. So Roubaix, last year I did only a recon of 70 kilometers and all the other parts I had only seen on a movie. That was all that I knew about the race. So it was, “OK, let’s see how it will go, how the race will develop.” Now as fit as Tom [Boonen] is right now, I think it will be really nice to race in this team and to learn from those guys and to be there.

VN/CW: So it’s good to be in the shadows, then?
ZS: I think you know, it’s a big advantage. I really would love to help Tom, that he wins all those classics races. Because for me it is a big advantage for the future. Of course I would like to win Roubaix or Flanders and every classic this year, but we have one leader and we really go for the leader. I have of course my ambitions, but first it’s Tom. He is the absolute leader, and I’m really looking forward to learning from him in those races.

VN/CW: Do you think there’s more to come from you? You seem to climb pretty well. Any future GC ambitions?
ZS: No … then I really have to focus for it. I am now 28 so I also didn’t start with the road when I was 18. I don’t have the time anymore to say, like, “OK, now I go start for preparation just with riding on the long climbs to try to become a climber,” or to do different kinds of classics. I think I don’t have a place for it anymore, or even time. It’s just not possible, because if I want to be good in the classics, which is my dream, then I really have to train only for the classics. It takes really a lot of time to develop as a rider to some point where you can ride with one of the best riders. It’s like, you really have to train a lot and focus on that kind of work.

VN/CW: How’d you start racing bikes?
ZS: When I was three years old, really. I did my first race, I think in May ’89, I think it was 16th May 1989. I was only three-and-a-half years old. From then on I was racing only BMX, but it is just playing, but when I was seven I was world champion on BMX and then it went on. It also helped me a lot actually, because it always [opens] doors. … In the Czech Republic, there is not really a good base, and never was, so it was difficult to get in some good team and move on.

VN/CW: Did you win that first race?
ZS: No, because I was the youngest rider. I think they were five or six and I was three-and-a-half. I have pictures at home somewhere.

VN/CW: If you weren’t a bike rider, what would you have been?
ZS: Then I think I’d study and probably I would go somewhere abroad to try my luck somewhere else. In Czech it was always difficult, now I think it is improving, but I think I would have gone to some other country to start to work there or go somewhere through studies.

VN/CW: How is it training in the Czech Republic? Good roads and riding?
ZS: For me it’s a little bit cycling paradise over there. Like, since two years ago, they really work hard on the roads in my region, and it’s like everywhere, brand new roads, it’s pretty hilly. It’s steep climbs between one to three kilometers, and when I go a little bit far, like 80K, then there are really climbs between four to 10 kilometers. It’s really nice. I can train there for everything. One side it’s really flat, but also there’s no traffic at all. … It’s beautiful. It’s everything in nature. It’s really like you’re just on your own.

VN/CW: What’s more fun, cyclocross or road?
ZS: It’s all fun. It’s our job. Cycling and the road cycling, cyclocross, it’s two different worlds. You can’t really compare it, actually, because [’cross] … it’s a very small family. And [road] is like really huge.

VN/CW: Was it hard to make the call to switch over?
ZS: It’s very difficult to make the decision. You need to get the opportunity first to change. And also when I was continuing with cyclocross, I was sure I was going to win around at least 10 races a year. That I can probably win … maybe win a few world championships. And that I left, because I thought, “OK, I want more.” Or not really more, but I still have some other goals. And if I didn’t do it two years ago … then I couldn’t do it anymore. Because then it would have been too late. So it was really like five minutes before 12, otherwise it will be too late already.

VN/CW: Do you worry about regret?
ZS: Absolutely. It was always like that a little bit. I really want to try and really go for it. I was winning in cyclocross. Making also pretty good money. So then it’s like, you leave something where you are good in, and you don’t know what’s coming. You don’t know what it will be, and how far you will get. You have to decide.

VN/CW: That first season, did you have doubts? Worries?
ZS: No, actually. The first race when I started was Four Days of Dunkirk, and I was third there. And then a year after I was second there. The second year I won the stage in the Tour of Poland, and then this year was again a little bit more. So I think I didn’t make a mistake. Maybe now I won the worlds again. It’s like, I see also that I can always turn back.

VN/CW: If you had to pick one race to ever win, what would it be?
ZS: The Tour of Flanders. Because that’s the race why I actually [moved to] road. That race is something, it’s really stimulating, that race. Also because when I was doing the cyclocross races, and then there always came the Tour of Flanders fever in Belgium. And then everything is turning about the Tour of Flanders. It made me crazy about the race. Like you buy newspapers and you get a bidon with it, with the map, all the climbs. You go to the bakery, you have those little cakes with just some signs of Tour of Flanders. They make special beer for Tour of Flanders, special editions, so it’s always around. It’s not only about the race, like how beautiful a race it is, how difficult it is. It’s all around it. Last year, when I was in Brugge, on the stage there, looking around at, I don’t know, 10,000 people, it’s like, “Wow.” Those are the moments you say, “OK, that’s something special that you don’t have at any other race.”

It’s an early morning, you know? In Belgium it’s really just all about cycling. It’s like everyone lives [for] it, and whoever talks with you about cycling has a clue about cycling. A few years ago when I spoke with someone about cycling in the Czech Republic, they just had no clue about it. But that has also improved. We’ve come a long way. Also because they have good websites, thanks to you guys. It’s everything moving faster.

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Sven Nys has won both U.S. races in which he's competed — the 2013 worlds and CrossVegas. Photo: Chris Case | VeloNews.com

CrossVegas promoter Brook Watts says talk of a cyclocross World Cup in Las Vegas is premature

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Sven Nys has won both U.S. races in which he's competed — the 2013 worlds and CrossVegas. Photo: Chris Case | VeloNews.com

Reports emerged from Europe Monday that the UCI Cyclocross World Cup would make its first foray outside the continent in 2015 with a stop at CrossVegas in Las Vegas, but the event’s promoter called confirmation of the event premature. The late-September race piggybacks with the Interbike tradeshow and has seen a flight of elite European professionals at the start.

“In September 2015 Las Vegas is part of the World Cup circuit. This is now fixed,” Van Den Abeele said, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

Two-time world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Trek), a member of the UCI’s Cyclocross Commission, won the 2013 edition and welcomed the news on Twitter, writing, “Yes, we have a world cup in vegas!”

CrossVegas promoter Brook Watts told VeloNews via email that he was in talks with the UCI, but that nothing was firm.

“Discussions with the UCI about CrossVegas becoming a World Cup that began in 2008 are ongoing today, albeit at a more serious tone,” said Watts. “CrossVegas has proved it is a world-class race worthy of a spot among other events like the World Cup, Superprestige, or BPost series races in Europe. We continue to work toward a goal of globalizing our sport and look forward to being a part of that for many years.

“At this time our energies are concentrated toward staging a successful 2014 event, including the introduction today of a new sponsorship webpage, and working with the team in Cincinnati to present the first Pan-American ’Cross Championships for our part of the globe.”

Watts told VeloNews in August 2013 that he expected a World Cup soon in the United States, but would not commit to his race’s entry to the discipline’s top circuit.

“While I’d love to have on my tombstone having promoted the first World Cup in the U.S., I’m not going to risk economic ruin to make it happen,” said Watts. “I know there are a couple parties that are interested, but I don’t know how far along they are with their proposals. It has to be a location that can draw a reasonable crowd, close to an international airport, but a location that has natural interest to international visitors because a significant portion of the crowd will be international visitors. There will be some superfans that make the trip and want to see a World Cup.”

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Results: 2014 BPost Bank Trofee-Oostmalle http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-bpost-bank-trofee-oostmalle_317909 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-bpost-bank-trofee-oostmalle_317909#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:11:43 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=317909 Results from the finale to the 2013-14 BPost Bank Trofee series in Oostmalle

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  • 1. Niels ALBERT, in 1:04:17
  • 2. Tom MEEUSEN, at :04:25
  • 3. Kevin PAUWELS, at :04:56
  • 4. Lars VAN DER HAAR, at :05:02
  • 5. Eddy VAN IJZENDOORN, at :05:16
  • 6. Dieter VANTHOURENHOUT, at :05:16
  • 7. Philipp WALSLEBEN, at :05:16
  • 8. Bart AERNOUTS, at :05:26
  • 9. Rob PEETERS, at :05:32
  • 10. Sven NYS, at :05:47
  • 11. Radomir SIMUNEK, at :06:02
  • 12. Joeri ADAMS, at :06:28
  • 13. Martin BINA, at :06:47
  • 14. Vincent BAESTAENS, at :06:50
  • 15. Thijs VAN AMERONGEN, at :06:50
  • 16. Jim AERNOUTS, at :06:53
  • 17. Klaas VANTORNOUT, at :07:20
  • 18. Sven VANTHOURENHOUT, at :07:35
  • 19. Thijs AL, at :07:37
  • 20. Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE, at :07:37
  • 21. Niels WUBBEN, at :07:37
  • 22. Twan VAN DEN BRAND, at :07:37
  • 23. Corne VAN KESSEL, at :08:34
  • 24. Marcel MEISEN, at :08:39
  • 25. Stijn HUYS, at :09:06
  • 26. Patrick VAN LEEUWEN, at :09:11
  • 27. Mariusz GIL, at :09:16
  • 28. Bart VERSCHUEREN, at :09:50
  • 29. Ingmar UYTDEWILLIGEN, at :10:05
  • 30. Kevin CANT, at :10:27
  • 31. Niels KOYEN
  • 32. Jens GYS
  • 33. Davy COMMEYNE
  • 34. Wouter GOOSEN
  • 35. Kristof COP
  • 36. Edwin DE WIT
  • 37. Hans VAN DEN BOGAERT

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Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the BPost Bank Trofee series finale on Sunday in Oostmalle.

Albert took the victory, his fourth consecutive win here, ahead of Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games).

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) finished 10th and collected the overall title.

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Gallery: Nys nicks Superprestige from Albert — but just barely http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/gallery-nys-nicks-superprestige-from-albert-but-just-barely_317239 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/gallery-nys-nicks-superprestige-from-albert-but-just-barely_317239#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 00:31:37 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=317239

Tom Meeusen was a man on a mission in Middelkerke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from the final round of the 2013-14 Superprestige series

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Tom Meeusen was a man on a mission in Middelkerke. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Results: 2014 Superprestige-Middelkerke http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-superprestige-middelkerke_317234 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-superprestige-middelkerke_317234#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:01:41 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=317234 Results from the final race in the 2013-14 Superprestige series

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  • 1. Tom Meeusen 57:32
  • 2. Kevin Pauwels, 0:19
  • 3. Sven Nys, 0:29
  • 4. Lars van der Haar, 0:30
  • 5. Klaas Vantornout, 1:03
  • 6. Thijs van Amerongen, 1:07
  • 7. Niels Albert, 1:12
  • 8. Dieter Vanthourenhout, 1:20
  • 9. Philipp Walsleben, 1:55
  • 10. Jim Aernouts, 2:02
  • 11. Joeri Adams, 2:07
  • 12. Sven Vanthourenhout, 2:42
  • 13. Corné van Kessel, 2:55
  • 14. Julien Taramarcaz, 3:03
  • 15. Vinnie Braet, 3:08
  • 16. Jonathan Page, 3:14
  • 17. Marcel Meisen, 3:23
  • 18. Eddy van IJzendoorn, 3:24
  • 19. Bart Aernouts, 3:33
  • 20. Niels Wubben, 4:00
  • 21. Kenneth Van Compernolle, 4:09
  • 22. Rob Peeters, same time
  • 23. Vincent Baestaens, 4:20
  • 24. Micki van Empel, 4:26
  • 25. Thijs Al (Ned), 4:42
  • 26. Twan van den Brand, 4:54
  • 27. Martin Bina, 5:24
  • 28. Davy Commeyne, 5:59
  • 29. Kevin Cant, 7:42
  • 30. Mariusz Gil , -2 laps
  • 31. Niels Koyen, -2 laps
  • 32. Nicolas Le Besq,-2 laps
  • 33. Pieter Ghyllebert, -2 laps
  • 34. Inigo Gomez, -2 laps
  • 35. Teemu Viholainen, -3 laps
  • 36. Nick Both, -4 laps

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Tom Meeusen won the finale and moved into third overall in the Superprestige series. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Nys finishes on the podium while Albert can manage only seventh in the finale

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Tom Meeusen won the finale and moved into third overall in the Superprestige series. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sven Nys snatched the Superprestige trophy from Niels Albert in the last round at Middelkerke.

Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) won the finale ahead of Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games). But Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) slipped in front of Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) to take third on the day.

And Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), who started slowly but seemed to find his legs as the race ground on, could manage only seventh at the finish — leaving him tied on points with Nys at 101 apiece, but out of the series lead and into second overall.

Meeusen rose to third overall in the Superprestige series with 84 points.

 

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A sloppy start. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from an exceptionally muddy Superprestige round at Hoogstraten

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A sloppy start. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Results: 2014 Superprestige-Hoogstraten http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-superprestige-hoogstraten_316667 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-superprestige-hoogstraten_316667#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:46:00 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=316667 Results from the 2014 Superprestige stop at Hoogstraten

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  • 1. Sven NYS, in 1:00:10
  • 2. Klaas VANTORNOUT, at :00:42
  • 3. Niels ALBERT, at :01:03
  • 4. Thijs VAN AMERONGEN, at :01:06
  • 5. Tom MEEUSEN, at :01:10
  • 6. Rob PEETERS, at :02:09
  • 7. Philipp WALSLEBEN, at :02:09
  • 8. Corne VAN KESSEL, at :02:28
  • 9. Jim AERNOUTS, at :02:38
  • 10. Sven VANTHOURENHOUT, at :02:53
  • 11. Kevin PAUWELS, at :03:10
  • 12. Joeri ADAMS, at :03:18
  • 13. Jonathan PAGE, at :03:52
  • 14. Martin BINA, at :04:22
  • 15. Patrick VAN LEEUWEN, at :04:28
  • 16. Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLE, at :04:44
  • 17. Twan VAN DEN BRAND, at :05:10
  • 18. Julien TARAMARCAZ, at :05:29
  • 19. Vinnie BRAET, at :05:35
  • 20. Micki VAN EMPEL, at :05:50
  • 21. Mariusz GIL, at :05:54
  • 22. Niels WUBBEN, at :06:01
  • 23. Vincent BAESTAENS, at :06:16
  • 24. Javier RUIZ DE LARRINAGA IBANEZ, at :06:24
  • 25. Davy COMMEYNE, at :06:35
  • 26. Jeremy POWERS, at :07:08
  • 27. Bart HOFMAN, at :07:08
  • 28. Stijn HUYS, at :07:28
  • 29. Aitor HERNANDEZ GUTIERREZ, at :07:35
  • 30. Niels KOYEN
  • 31. Kevin CANT
  • 32. Aaron SCHOOLER
  • 33. Bart VERSCHUEREN
  • 34. Nicolas LEBESQ
  • 35. Jon GOMEZ ELORRIAGA
  • 36. Inigo GOMEZ ELORRIAGA
  • 37. Teemu VIHOLAINEN

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Sven Nys salutes the crowd after a definitive win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Belgian champion is now within two points of overhauling Albert to win the Superprestige series

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Sven Nys salutes the crowd after a definitive win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) went two for two on the weekend, capping his victory in Saturday’s Krawatencross with another at the Hoogstraten stop of the Superprestige series and setting up a final-round battle with series leader Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).

Albert was looking good early on Sunday, well out in front on a very heavy course with five laps to go. Then Nys escaped a chase group and bridged to the series leader, leaving Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon Games), Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Jim Aernouts (Sunweb) to battle for third.

Albert briefly challenged Nys on the tough, muddy circuit, but with three to go the Belgian champion opened an insurmountable lead.

Then Vantornout, too, caught and dropped Albert, and the finishing order was set.

Nys took his second win of the weekend by more than a half-minute over Vantornout, while Albert — who at one point, after a slide into the course tape, appeared on the verge of flinging his bike into the crowd — barely hung on to third ahead of a charging Thijs van Amerongen (AA Drink).

Albert began the day with a six-point edge over Nys in the Superprestige standings, but the Belgian champion is only four points down now with just one race remaining in the series, Feb. 15 at Middelkerke.

Lars van der Haar (Rabobank), who had been sitting third overall, abandoned Sunday’s race.

 

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Sven Nys, racing in the Belgian champion's jersey in Lille. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Photos from the Krawatencross in Lille, the penultimate round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series

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Sven Nys, racing in the Belgian champion's jersey in Lille. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Results: 2014 Bpost Bank Trofee-Krawatencross http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-bpost-bank-trofee-krawatencross_316511 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/results-2014-bpost-bank-trofee-krawatencross_316511#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:26:24 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=316511 Results from the 2014 Krawatencross, the penultimate stop in the Bpost Bank Trofee series

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  • 1. Sven Nys, Crelan-AA Drink Team
  • 2. Lars Van Der Haar, Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team.
  • 3. Tom Meeusen, Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
  • 4. Kevin Pauwels, Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team
  • 5. Niels Albert, BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
  • 6. Corné Van Kessel, Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
  • 7. Radomir Simunek, Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
  • 8. Dieter Vanthourenhout, Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team
  • 9. Bart Aernouts, AA Drink-Leontien.nl Pro
  • 10. Jim Aernouts, Sunweb-Napoleon Games Cycling Team
  • 11. Sven Vanthourenhout, Crelan-AA Drink Team
  • 12. Rob Peeters, Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace Cycling Team
  • 13. Martin Bina, Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
  • 14. Eddy Van IJzendoorn, Orange Babies Cycling Team
  • 15. Thijs Van Amerongen, AA Drink-Leontien.nl Pro
  • 16. Marcel Meisen, Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
  • 17. Twan Van Den Brand, Orange Babies Cycling Team
  • 18. Julien Taramarcaz, Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
  • 19. Jeremy Powers, Team Rapha-Focus
  • 20. Niels Wubben, Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
  • 21. Thijs Al, Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
  • 22. Kenneth Van Compernolle, DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team
  • 23. Philipp Walsleben, BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
  • 24. Mariusz Gil, Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
  • 25. Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez
  • 26. Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez
  • 27. Patrick Van Leeuwen, Orange Babies Cycling Team
  • 28. Jonathan Page, Planet Bike
  • 29. Vincent Baestaens, BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team
  • 30. Dave De Cleyn, Team Thielemans-Van Cauter
  • 31. Kevin Cant, Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
  • 32. Stijn Huys, Orange Babies Cycling Team
  • 33. Patrick Gaudy, The Barracuda Company
  • 34. Micki van Empel, Kdl Cycling Team
  • 35. Niels Koyen, DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team
  • 36. Kevin Eeckhout, Smartphoto Cycling Team
  • 37. Jens Gys, Luihoeve Crossers
  • 38. Bart Verschueren, Kdl-Crelan Cycling Team
  • 39. Aaron Schooler
  • 40. Ingmar Uytdewilligen, DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team
  • 41. Wouter Goosen, Zannata Cycling Team
  • 42. Edwin De Wit
  • 43. Davy Commeyne, Smartphoto Cycling Team
  • 44. Teemu Viholainen

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Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) bounced back from his runner-up finish at the world championships to consolidate his overall lead in the Bpost Bank Trofee series on Saturday, winning a three-up sprint at the Krawatencross in Lille.

The race was the penultimate event in the eight-race series, which concludes Feb. 23 with the Internationale Sluitingsprijs in Oostmalle.

With six laps remaining Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) was off the front, chased by Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) at a dozen seconds down, while Nys led a second pursuit with Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games).

But Albert and Pauwels faded from contention, and first Nys, then van der Haar caught up to Meeusen.

Going into bell lap the three were locked together, with Pauwels a distant fourth at 20 seconds and Albert out of the hunt at 46 seconds down.

Meeusen led early in the lap, then hung tight as Nys slipped past and kept hitting the gas. Van der Haar lost the wheel, but chased back on just in time to contest a three-up sprint.

Nys led it out and never looked back, while van der Haar overhauled a distraught Meeusen, who pounded his bars in frustration as he had to settle for third. Pauwels followed for fourth at 38 seconds with Albert fifth at 1:08.

Nys continues to lead the overall in the time-based series with Albert second at 4:05 and Meeusen third.

In women’s racing, Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) beat world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and Helen Wyman (Kona Factory).

Wyman leads the women’s series with Cant second at 31 seconds and Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) third at 1:11.

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Zdenek Stybar and Sven Nys face off in a stop motion recap of the elite men's race at cyclocross worlds

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Zdenek Stybar and Sven Nys face off in a stop motion recap of the elite men's race at cyclocross worlds

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