There were national championships being held all over Europe, the United States and Australia this weekend. While Australians were battling it out on the road, Europeans and Americans fought snow, ice, mud and freezing temperatures in search of cyclocross glory.
The Northern Hemisphere countries tend to collectively hold their national cyclocross championship events in January in the lead-up to UCI World Cyclocross Championships, which will be held in Bieles, Luxembourg on January 28th and 29th this year.
For many, winning a national title not only earns them a special edition kit, it also tends to secure selection for the world championships. For us fans, it’s a good indication of who’s riding well and what we might expect when the world’s best go head-to-head at the end of the month.
Here are your new national cyclocross champions:
(We’ll edit these as results come in)
United States: Katie Compton (her 13th straight title!)
Belgium: Sanne Cant, her eighth consecutive national cyclocross title.
Great Britain: Nikki Brammeier, just months after a terrible injury.
Best feeling getting my hands in the air and retaining the National stripes for another season !Thank you for all the support everyone !???? pic.twitter.com/K97LthRzLz
— Nikki Brammeier (@NikkiBrammeier) January 8, 2017
Netherlands: Marianne Vos, on her comeback tour. “It’s my sixth national cx title but it feels like my first,” she commented.
— WM3 Pro Cycling (@WM3ProCycling_) January 8, 2017
France: Caroline Mani, her fourth national cyclocross title.
— be_celt (@be_celt) January 8, 2017
Italy: Eva Lechner, her eighth national cyclocross title.
Germany:: Jessica Lambracht
Czech Republic: Pavla Havlikova, a repeat of her 2012 win.
Switzerland: Jasmin Egger-Achermann, her seventh title.
Jasmin Egger-Achermann won her 7th title yesterday at the Swiss Championships. Watch the best moments! ??? https://t.co/v5oPXQx0OE
— Swiss Cycling Team (@swisscycling) January 9, 2017
Spain: Alicia González Blanco
Encantada de poder seguir luciendo los colores un año más ! pic.twitter.com/FvDqYLpKjd
— Alicia González (@Aliciaglez3) January 9, 2017
Ireland: Beth McCluskey
— Fixx Rouleurs (@FixxRouleurs) January 8, 2017
In the comments below, let us know who we missed, and who’s your pick for the rainbow jersey later this month!