In today’s Daily News Digest: Chris Froome will start season at Ruta del Sol; Cavendish primed for season start, is weighing up motorbike racing post-career; Beyond Belgium: A look at the internationalisation of cyclocross; Romain Bardet out of season opener with arm injury; Nairo Quintana’s calm start at Oro y Paz; Bikes of the Bunch: Conor McGregor’s FiftyOne; Cycling Australia’s new CEO; AfterShokz Trekz headphone review; Sprinters to clash in Dubai’s sands; Leprechauns storm (dance on) cyclocross worlds podium.
Chris Froome will race Ruta del Sol; cyclocross beyond Belgium: Daily News Digest
Belgium with its icy winters, abundant mud, beer tents, frites and a long cycling history is usually the first country that springs to mind when you think of “cyclocross”. It’s the country where more cyclocross World Championships have been held than anywhere else, whose riders dominate the results tables and where watching cycling is the country’s favourite pastime.
Of course there’s always been a bunch of other nations on mainland Europe who have made sure the Belgians don’t have it all their way, most prominently in recent years, the Dutch. But now there’s a new guard walking on in. They may not share the same history in the sport but sure have the passion for this no-longer niche discipline of winter bike racing.
More and more riders from America, Britain and even Australia and New Zealand have begun turning up at the start line of the top races, jumping the pond and making their presence well and truly felt at the pointy end of the field. Particularly when it comes to the women’s races.
The internationalisation of cyclocross is well on its way, and it’s looking like a trend that will stay.
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