World championships preview: Who'll be on song in Hoogerheide?

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This weekend's Cyclo-cross world championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands, promises to be another intriguing event. Despite heading into the titles with the best chances on paper, often the favourites struggle as the winner comes from a corner no-one predicted before the race. Cyclingnews' Brecht Decaluwé gives us a little history and the lowdown on the climax to the 2008-09 cyclo-cross 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.