10 conclusions from the cyclo-cross world championships

1. Van der Perfect: What else can be said about wunderkind Mathieu van der Poel? The 18-year-old Dutchman punctuated an undefeated 'cross season with his second straight junior world title. As happened all season long, the closest van der Poel's rivals were to him was on the start line. After grabbing the holeshot, van der Poel simply rode away from the field. He is human, however, as he crashed on the second lap while alone in the lead, but that was the only blemish to an otherwise flawless performance and a flawless season.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.