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We miss beer tents. Blasting terrible European electro-techno-horrorshow music. Frothy screaming at your rider of choice as they slog past.
Cyclocross feels different this year. No fans, no tents, just an hour of suffering through mud in relative silence. Weird.
It’s still such a photogenic sport, though, isn’t it? Less about vistas and backgrounds and more about facial expression. A good cyclocross photo shows you where a rider is, in that moment, not physically but down to the depths of their lactate-burning soul.
Last weekend gave us a pair of top-level cross races. The first, Scheldecross, was won by Mathieu van der Poel and Denise Betsema. Both rolled across the line solo. In the second, the Gavere leg of the Superprestige series on Sunday, both of Saturday’s champions were toppled. Betsema couldn’t hang on to Lucinda Brand through the thick mud, and Van der Poel lost a duel with young Brit Tom Pidcock, who took the biggest win of his ‘cross career.
Our photographers were there. Here are a few of our favorites.