The 2018 Valkenberg World’s in photos

The 2018 Valkenberg World’s in photos

The most brutal World Championship course this century. Few would disagree.

The leafy, fast Valkenberg from the 2016 World Cup could barely be traced as deep midwinter schlamm made a weekend of racing for everyone to remember.  Add to this a venue within a couple of hours’ drive of much of Belgium and Holland, and an iconic venue.  One to enjoy and savour, but quite honestly one to be thankful you weren’t racing.  According to the UCI, 38,392 spectators attended the 5 races over the weekend.  With 12,656 on Saturday  and a whopping 25,736 on Sunday, it’s clear to see that the heartlands still love men’s racing much more. Time creeps on.

Two golds for GB out of three on the first day were sublime.  Quite why the UCI still sleeps in cloud cuckoo land about women’s cycling is beyond almost everyone – and it’s a great shame for GB in particular that the lack of a Junior Women’s race denied GB of a third gold.  Hattie Harnden’s 4th place in the U23s – as a Junior woman – was ride of the weekend for me. A rare jour sans for prodigy Tom Pidcock meant that the GB party didn’t continue into day two, but that mattered little.

It was sad that the Dutch hosts couldn’t take a gold, especially after MvdP’s dominant season, but Wout’s racing was incredibly smooth for the conditions and he deserved no less than his third Rainbow Jersey.

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

How many times have I told you not to traipse mud up the stair carpet?

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

The most dominant win of day 1 for Evie Richards

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Evie’s gold on her wrist #VanDerCraig #RideforCharlie

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

A great day for Christine Majerus – strong in the mud

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Everyone had heavy legs on this part of the course

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Nikki in the thick of it

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Baby steps towards equality for girls in UCI Cyclocross

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

OMG. Cant believe it.

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

#BigBobbleHats galore

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Bracing weather

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Telly addicts

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Pressure in the pits

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Snowy TV

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

A bit of dirt on your shoe

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Patiently waiting 8-deep

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

Belge-out

Cyclocross World Champoionship Valkenberg 2018

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