Koksijde's sand dunes loom for World Cup's third round

The third round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup takes place this coming Saturday, November 24, on the taxing sand of Koksijde, Belgium. The last times pedals were turned in anger at the venue was the 2012 world championships in January and three of the four riders to earn rainbow jerseys return once more to face the dunes: Niels Albert, Lars van der Haar and Mathieu van der Poel. Van der Haar, however, will not be wearing his U23 world champion's kit as he's jumped to the elite men's ranks for this season while women's world champion Marianne Vos has yet to start her 'cross season, taking her usual break to recover from road racing.

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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.

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