Lucinda Brand: It's a dream to wear the world champion's jersey

Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek) wins the Superprestige Gieten
Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek) wins the Superprestige Gieten (Image credit: Getty Images)

The elite women's start list for the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin reads like the list of the world rankings. Joining current world number one and cyclo-cross World Champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) for the opening of 16 rounds of World Cup competitions are all 10 riders following her in the UCI individual standings.

The 11 best female cyclo-cross athletes on the planet plus Olympic Games gold medallist in cross-country Jolanda Neff (Trek-Factory Racing), and seven-time cyclo-cross World Champion and Olympic gold medallist on the road Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) will be on the start line at 12:30 p.m. local time.

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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).