Cyclo-cross news & racing roundup for November 6
Edited by Les Clarke
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Cyclo-cross UCI and World Cup rankings demystified
By Peter Hymas
Niels Albert (Palmans-Cras) leads
the World Cup
Photo ©: Photopress.be
The UCI ceased its experiment of a unified, solitary UCI
points classification governing start order for the 2008-2009 cyclo-cross
season in favor of the previous system in which the World Cup events have
their own separate classification determining a rider's position on the
For the 2008-2009 season start order in World Cup events is granted
according to World Cup points ranking first, then by overall UCI ranking
once all of the ranked World Cup riders have been lined up. For all other
UCI sanctioned events outside of the World Cup, overall UCI points accumulation
determines the starting order.
"This separate points system gives the World Cup value, you have
to support the whole series", said Adam Myerson, professional cyclist,
UCI Cyclo-cross Commissioner and AIOC-Cross member to Cyclingnews.
"In the second round of the World Cup at Tabor I lined up on the
back row since I failed to score any points in the first World Cup at
Kalmthout. Enrico Franzoi and Sven Vanthourenhout skipped the first round
and lined up at Tabor besides me in the back row, too, since they didn’t
have any World Cup points either."
World Cups still award valuable UCI points to a rider's overall points
total in addition to a separate classification of World Cup-specific points.
Under the prior unified UCI points system, start order was determined
by a rider's overall UCI points total, even in World Cup events.
UCI points still factor into World Cup events independent of start order
involving this season’s contentious topic of start money. At World Cups
there are no negotiation between riders and promoters involving start
money, it's the same amount at every World Cup and the payout is determined
by UCI points ranking.
Another change for the 2008-2009 cyclo-cross season is sartorial in
nature. The overall UCI points leader no longer wears any jersey denoting
leadership in that classification (in previous seasons the UCI points
leader wore a solid blue jersey) while the World Cup leader is now entitled
to wear a solid white leader's jersey but only for World Cup events.
Myerson's schedule in Europe during those World Cups was perhaps more
hectic than other riders since he has responsibilities as a cyclo-cross
promoter and UCI commissioner to juggle alongside his obligations as a
professional cyclist. In addition to competing in two World Cup events,
Myerson attended the semi-annual AICO-Cross meeting held near the Kalmthout
venue the day prior to the opening World Cup event and the UCI Cyclo-cross
Commission meeting in Prague the day after the Tabor World Cup.
One of the topics of conversation at the AIOC-Cross meeting involved
promoters' reactions to the UCI and World Cup points series in effect
for the current season. AIOC-Cross is a private organization open to all
cyclo-cross promoters and primarily acts as an advocacy group. Myerson
is the only American on the management committee and is usually the only
American who regularly attends the semi-annual meetings.
Myerson is also the only American on the five-member UCI Cyclo-cross
Commission whose responsibility involves the world-wide management of
Cyclo-cross primarily via the establishment of the UCI rules governing
the sport and the World Cup schedule.
North American 'cross battles continue in Boulder
By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Boulder, Colorado
Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld)
had a hard fight
Photo ©: Jon Devich
This past weekend's North American Cyclo-cross Trophy races
in Boulder, Colorado, the third of the four weekend series, further
solidified the contenders for the overall series titles - and the $7,000
that is on the line for the top three finishers. On the men's side, Ryan
Trebon (Kona) still holds a narrow 10-point lead over Tim Johnson (Cyclocrossworld-Cannondale),
while in the women's race Georgia Gould (Luna) closed the distance to
series leader Amy Dombrowski (Velo Bella-Kona) with back-to-back wins.
Trebon suffered through the weekend with a nasty cold, limiting Johnson's
gains by beating him by one place on Saturday and finishing third to him
on Sunday. For Johnson, the overall prize was more of a second thought
until he realized recently that there is actual cash money involved. "I
would love to get it, especially now that I found out about the overall
prize list!" he told Cyclingnews.
Dombrowski still holds a commanding lead, and had to suffer in similar
fashion to Trebon while still recovering from an illness. "My goal
going in was to stay on Georgia or Rachel because they are riding really
fast," she said. "I did that... for about 500 metres and then
I was blown! But I was sick a few weeks ago so there are still some residual
The other series in North America, the US Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross,
had its first weekend last week in Louisville - with the overall title
still close and up for grabs. The second of the three USGP events is two
weeks away in New Jersey, followed by the last NACT race in Southampton.
While there is a weekend of UCI racing this weekend near Toronto, many
racers are taking the weekend off from travel to rest and train - or merely
get healthy again
Albert continues winning ways
Albert already scored season win
Photo ©: Isosport
Belgian sensation Niels Albert continued his hot streak in Eerde-Veghel,
The Netherlands, with a win in the second race of the Superprestige Series
on Sunday. After finishing third in the previous day's Koppenbergcross,
Albert soloed into the finish to record another solid win following his
triumph in the second
round of the world cup in Tabor, Czech Republic, on October 26.
Albert beat world champion Lars Boom and winner of the Koppenbergcross
event, Sven Nys, who complained of a sore back and a dislocated finger
suffered during his win in Oudenaarde. "I knew I had to make the gap early
on in the race as many riders would need some laps to get going after
the hard race on the Koppenberg yesterday," said Albert. "Today I was
feeling good and I know that with the right form I'm able to ride constantly
at a fast speed; today that proved to be enough for the victory."
Albert's victory moved him into the overall classification in the Superprestige
Series, tied on points with Nys. "Nys was my age when he won the Superprestige
Series for the first time and my goal is to repeat that feat," said Albert
after his latest win.
For full coverage from Eerde-Veghel, click
Nys remains emperor of the Koppenberg
By Brecht Decaluwé in Oudenaarde, Belgium
Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner)
Photo ©: Isosport
Belgian champion Sven Nys, 32, once again dominated the Koppenbergcross.
It was his fifth win in a row on the famed Koppenberg and this time, he
did it in extremely foul weather conditions. World Champion Lars Boom
finished a close second.
"This is real 'cross, once in a while it's fun to ride a race like this.
Afterwards it's not as fun when you start to feel the pain and the coldness,
but during the race you're just thinking about making it to the finish
line," Nys said.
Nys had to accept the presence of Boom for most of the race. The two
riders entered the final lap of the Koppenbergcross only to have their
duel decided on the last part of the climb. Nys powered away from his
younger rival. Though both riders crashed on the slippery descent of the
Koppenberg, Nys kept his gap to capture the win and first race of the
"I felt I was the best rider today. I had already noticed that I distanced
Boom a couple of metres when jumping back on the bike when I wasn't even
trying," Nys said. "So when I accelerated in the last lap I wasn't surprised
that Boom got distanced. It feels good to win against the world champion
in a direct duel," Nys said.
For full coverage of the Koppenbergcross, click
Kupfernagel crowned in France
Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) wins
Photo ©: Fabrice Lambert
Current cyclo-cross world champion Hanka Kupfernagel added another title
to her palmares when she was crowned women's European champion in Lievin,
France, last Sunday. Pitted against the likes of Czech rider Katerina
Nash and in-form French rider Maryline Salvetat, Kupfernagel took a comfortable
three-second win to cement her place at the top of the tree in women's
In the espoirs championship race, Germany's Philip Walsleben took
the win by almost a minute ahead of local rider Aurélien Duval
and Belgium's Kenneth Van Compernolle. It was a dominant performance from
Germany's best U23 rider and added another to the country's tally for
the day. With current world cup protagonist Niels Albert and world champion
Lars Boom former winners of the espoirs category at these championships,
those who take the U23 crown are riders to watch in the future.
It was a slightly closer affair in the junior men's race, with Dutch
duo Tijmen Eising and Lars Van Der Haar battling it out for the win ahead
of Belgian rider Sean De Bie. Eising held on to win by 11 seconds as orange
jerseys filled the top two steps of the podium.
For full results from Lieven, click
Stars head to Toronto International 'Cross
The Cyclocrossworld.com/Cannondale duo of Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers
will headline the UCI C1 Toronto International Cyclocross races at Centennial
Park, Toronto, Ontario on November 8 and 9.
Johnson will be making his return to the Canadian cyclo-cross scene,
where he last won in 2005. In the meantime, cyclo-cross has grown immensely
in the province. Ontario now hosts two of the largest cyclo-cross race
series in Canada with a combined total of 27 races from September to the
end of November. The crown jewel is the Toronto International Cyclo-Cross
at Centennial Park.
Johnsons teammate Jeremy Powers may prove to be his biggest competition
in the two UCI C1 events in Toronto. Powers, the leader in USA Cyclings
cyclo-cross standings, has regularly appeared on the podium this season.
Up to the challenge are local favorites including the 2007 Canadian national
champion Mike Garrigan (la Bicicletta/Jet Power), Derrick St John (Stevens
Cross) and last years Toronto International winner and Southern
Ontario Cyclocross series leader Andrew Watson (Norco Evolution team).
A host of highly-ranked North American and international riders will
be on hand to challenge for their share of the weekends $21,000
in cash. The womens field is still wide open with last years
winner and current national champion Wendy Simms (Kona) away racing in
Europe. Last years silver medallist Natasha Elliott (Stevens
Cross) from Ottawa, Ontario, may be the class of the field, but with registration
open until the end of the week, Elliott may still have her work cut out
North American 'Cross Briefs
This weekend's BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series goes downtown for some
industrial strength cyclo-cross in Charlottesville Virginia; unlike
many cyclo-cross races that are held in remote areas or on the outskirts
of town, the third annual 'Urban Cross at IX' will be held in the middle
of Charlottesville. For more information on the Urban Cross at IX, see
The MAC Powered by SRAM Cyclo-cross Series makes its annual swing
through the state of New Jersey this weekend, November 8 and 9. The
two races will encompass two distinct areas of "the Garden State". The
weekend starts with one of the iconic course features of American cyclo-cross
racing, the "Amphitheater of Pain", at the Beacon Cyclo-cross in the
South Jersey town of Bridgeton. Then the series moves north along New
Jersey's famed turnpike to Jamesburg for the 10th annual HPCX. More
information and pre-registration for both races is available on BikeReg.com
The SAVE FERRIS cyclo-cross race will be coming to Northbrook November
9, 2008 at Wood Oaks Green Park as part of the Chicago Cyclo-cross Cup
series. Riders from around IL and WI will line up for a full day of
racing in 10 categories. Learn more about the Chicago Cyclo-cross Cup
and the other races in the area at www.chicrosscup.com.
Recent UCI race results
- November 1: Internationale Veldritten op de Koppenberg - Oudenaarde, Oudenaarde (Bel) C1 ME/MU/MJ/WE
- November 1: The Cycle-Smart International 1, Northampton, Massachusetts (USA) C2 ME/WE
- November 1: N. American Trophy # 5, Boulder C2, Boulder, Colorado (USA) C2 ME/MU/WE
- November 1: Cyclo-cross international de Marle, Marle (Fra) C2 ME
- November 1: Internationales Radcross Magstadt, Magstadt (Ger) C2 ME/WE
- November 1: Fair Hill Cyclo-cross, Maryland (USA) NE
- November 2: N. American Trophy #6, Boulder Cup, Boulder, Colorado (USA) C1 ME/WE
- November 2: Superprestige Veghel-Eerde, Veghel-Eerde (Ned) C1 ME
- November 2: The Cycle-Smart International 2, Northampton, Massachusetts (USA) C2 ME/WE
- November 2: Int. Radquer Hittnau, Hittnau (Swi) C2 ME
- November 2: Grand Prix Lostice, Lostice (Cze) C2 ME
- November 2: Championnats d'Europe, Liévin (Fra) CC MU/MJ/WE
Upcoming UCI races
- November 8: Centennial Park Cross, Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario (Can) C1 ME/WE
- November 8: Vlaamse Houtlandcross, Eernegem (Bel) C2 ME
- November 9: Centennial Park Cross, Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario (Can) C1 ME/WE
- November 9: Internationales Radquer Frenkendorf, Frenkendorf (Swi) C2 ME
- November 9: Dam Cross, Los Angeles (USA) C2 ME/WE
- November 9: Coupe du Monde UCI / UCI World Cup, Pijnacker (Ned) CDM ME/MU/MJ/WE
- November 9: HPCX, New Jersey (USA) NE
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