photography by Kristof Ramon, Getty Images and Cor Vos
You’d think that after winning literally hundreds of bike races, the joy of victory would be somewhat muted. You’d think that, after all that success, winning would be more of an expectation than something to be celebrated with gusto. Not if you’re Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma).
This past Saturday, the sport’s greatest-ever rode to her eighth(!) cyclocross world title in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. When she crossed the line, her celebration wasn’t one of someone who’d been there so many times before. It was the celebration of a rider who still cherishes what it means to be at the top of her game; at the top of the sport.
A day later, Tom Pidcock was adding another big win to his increasingly impressive palmares. Despite being throughly outnumbered by his Belgian rivals, the 22-year-old Briton dominated. After all, it doesn’t matter if you have the biggest team in the race if you don’t have the strongest rider …
Pidcock attacked early and rode the rest of the race on his own, claiming his first elite CX world title, to go with U23 and junior world titles in the same discipline … and gold in last year’s Olympic cross country MTB race.
Here’s how the elite women’s and men’s races unfolded over the weekend, as told by our photographers at the event.