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Major cyclo-cross series could visit USA

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December 17, 2013, 16:01,
December 17, 2013, 16:04
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World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) wins the GP Hasselt for the fourth time in his illustrious career

World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) wins the GP Hasselt for the fourth time in his illustrious career

  • World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) wins the GP Hasselt for the fourth time in his illustrious career
  • Sven Nys trails in the bpost Bank Trophy Loenhout
  • Lars van der Haar (Raboank Development Team) followed up his World Cup win in Tabor with a 4th place finish at Superprestige Ruddervoorde
  • The US cyclo-cross peloton has grown

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Organisers of bpost Bank, Superprestige consider option

The major Belgian cyclo-cross race series, the bpost Bank Trofee and Superprestige, as well as the UCI World Cup, are ready to bring their brands to the United States. Representatives of the series met with the UCI Cyclo-cross commission this weekend to discuss ways to expand the reach of the discipline outside of Belgium.

The only barrier to expansion across the Atlantic is the fatigue riders face due to the travel and time zone changes

Christophe Impens, who works with the bpost Bank Trofee, said there are two important conditions for bringing the races to the USA: "The three series - World Cup, Bpost Bank and Superprestige - must be part of a block, and there must be a ninth race. We do not want any of our current 'crosses to be lost for an American round," he told

"We want to avoid the riders having to fly back and forth three times, and having to overcome jetlag. Therefore all matches must be completed within a period of 10 days, preferably sometime in September," Impens said.

In the early season, riders are not yet in top form, and the jetlag will be less of a concern. Riders such as Sven Nys, Lars van der Haar, Bart Wellens, and Rob Peeters have already tested the concept by racing in the season opener in Las Vegas, Cross Vegas, with little impact on the remainder of their season.

Impens clarified to Gazet van Antwerpen that the concept of a US round is only in the idea phase.

"We made it clear to the UCI that we are not reluctant to do a race in the US, but otherwise there was nothing discussed. What about our sponsors? Television? Logistics? We haven't talked about that."

The UCI had previously objected to adding another round to the race series, but now seems to be opening up to the possibility. "New bosses bring in new rules," UCI 'cross coordinator Peter Van den Abeele said, adding he had a good feeling about the conversation and the cooperation of the other series organisers.

"I still have over a month of work to do, because the new calendar will be presented on the eve of the world championships."

KnightBiker 10 months ago
Not a very forward idea, cyclocross in september isn't the best way to go. Better is: hold parallel world-cups until after christmas in the US and in Europe, then for the final 4 races in belgium/europe pit the best euro and american riders against each other. that would mean euro's can gather point in the US if they want to, and the us would get a more interesting calendar until the first of Jan, after which the best usa riders can enjoy a good 2 months of belgium racing.
DirtyWorks 10 months ago
Now we know why USA Cycling has been busy discouraging cyclocross promoters from getting UCI sanctioning with high fees. They are making room for the SuperPrestige promoters. Once again, USAC has no interest in a vibrant domestic racing community, just expanding the UCI's monopoly. Not sure why you guys keep buying licenses from USAC.
darb85 10 months ago
because around here we have to if we want to race at all
Lightening Toke 10 months ago
Oh! Oh! I didn't get a license last year! (And I'll say it was a protest, even though I was too fat to race.) I agree. USAC has no interest in a vibrant domestic racing community. But what to do? Stop racing, so you're not complicit? Hard choice. Fit again, I'll buy a license this year. Flabby group rides and training crits don't cut it. What is needed is an independent amateur racing league devoted purely to amateur racing. Or, maybe, a number of independent regional leagues, loosely confederated. Long live OBRA!
DirtyWorks 10 months ago
Google the phrase " North American Bicycle Racing Association" and let your local promoters know you will race NABRA-sanctioned events.