Clara Honsinger ready 'to go out there and rip' at Cyclo-cross Worlds

OVERIJSE BELGIUM JANUARY 24 Clara Honsinger of The United States during the 61st Druivencross World Cup 2021 Womens Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 on January 24 2021 in Overijse Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Clara Honsinger finished fourth at the World Cup event January 24 in Overijse, Belgium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

American Clara Honsinger could be just the rider to play havoc with a repeat of the Dutch stronghold of the elite women’s podium at this weekend’s Cyclo-cross World Championships in Ostend. Starting on the front row wearing the stars-and-stripes as the reigning US champion, she is ranked fourth in the UCI World Cup rankings, and sixth in the overall UCI standings for elite women.

After taking two podiums in World Cup races this season, the 24-year-old said she is coming in “a little unknown” performance-wise, but she won’t be sneaking up on the Dutch competition, which includes last year’s podium – reigning World Champion and overall favourite Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin-Fenix), silver medalist Annemarie Worst (777), bronze medalist Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) and Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal), who is currently ranked fourth in the UCI standings.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).