The Koksijde round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions and concerns over rider safety.
The event was to be held on Sunday but due to storms and high winds all categories of the event were cancelled.
Earlier this morning officials decided to cancel the junior and U23 races (men), with a decision to be made on the elite men’s and women’s races set for later in the day. However within less than an hour of the first decision the entire race schedule was cancelled with the UCI taking to Twitter to confirm the news.
Riders were quick to take to social media with Belgium’s World Cup leader Wout van Aert posting the following on his social media account:
Dissapointed to not race today but I think the organisation has made a brave decision to cancel all races. Safety first!— Wout van Aert (@WoutvanAert) November 20, 2016
British cyclo-cross rider Helen Wyman, who was set to miss the race due to injury, agreed with the decision to cancel the racing.
The next round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup takes place in Zeven, in a week's time. The overall standings remain the same with Wout Van Aert on 230 points leading Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) on 174 points, and Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) in third on 166 points.
More to follow...