Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 13, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’

Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers

by CyclingTips

Organisers of the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, Eric Leyder, gives a behind-the-scenes look at putting on the biggest event in cyclocross. Leyder, along with his brother Christian and Roger Hutmacher, are the organising force behind bringing the event back to Luxembourg for the first time since 1968.

“As an organiser, I hope for good weather with temperatures just below freezing point,” Eric Leyder said. “If that’s the case, we’re hoping to reach our goal of 25,000 spectators. A large part of those spectators should come from Luxembourg. We think that this is a big chance for cyclocross in the wider region. We’ve heard that many people who have never seen a cyclocross race will be coming,. Added to this, I’d love to see a good result for our ambassador of the World Championships, Christine Majerus; we hope for a spot in the top six. We would like to have a big party, combining sport and celebration.

“We’re fans of this incredible sport. The three of us have seen more than 70 World Championships together and always wondered why there were no longer cyclocross worlds in Luxembourg. So finally, we decided to do it ourselves, together with our major partner, the commune of Sanem. The town of Sanem supports the event in every possible way: both financially, as the biggest partner, but also logistically, with their public relations and manpower.”

Part of the drama this week is the outside help the organisers retained to assist them in putting on the event, particularly with course construction, namely Adri van der Poel, father of pre-race favourite Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon).

“As a newbie, you have to see other races. You pick what you like and leave out what you don’t like. In the end, you have to assemble everything while keeping in mind that you need to have the best possible event within the available budget. It feels a bit like being an orchestra conductor who has to assemble all the instruments to make a nice sound out of it.”

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