Puck Pieterse: U23 cyclo-cross World Champion eyes mountain bike World Cup

UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women U23 30012022 Puck Pieterse NED photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixCVSprintCyclingAgency2022
Puck Pieterse won the U23 women's world title in cyclo-cross in Fayetteville (Image credit: Alex Whitehead/SprintCyclingAgency)

One-handed wheelies on the mountain bike, bunnyhops and tailwhips on the cyclo-cross bike, front flips on a snowboard, juggling while balanced on a yoga ball — Puck Pieterse is quickly making herself known as a woman with multiple skills.

The newly-crowned U23 Cyclo-cross World Champion is a gutsy one — be it in tackling new tricks or taking on her senior competitors. She may just be 19 years old but Pieterse is currently the only woman in the cyclo-cross World Cup circuit consistently hopping the barriers in competition, and she's not at all shy of mixing in and duking it out at the front end of the race.

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