The course featured muddy singletrack climbs and descents in a little forest, followed by a muddy slog through grass, with two grassy climbs (one of which needed to be ran) and a tarmac straight to te finish line. As I hadn't raced with them before, I was one of the last called up. In a field of 26 riders I was about 20th on the grid. It may've been a smaller race but there were still plenty of elbows as I fought through everyone to the front.
After the second lap I moved into 5th, riding with 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I managed to drop them on the climbs, however 1st was a fair way in front at this stage.
|Check out the grass in my rear wheel!|
I stayed on the TCX Advanced the whole way, and managed to roll through and record my first podium in Belgium!
|Beautiful post race phlegm|
I'm very happy with the result, and hoping to do another of these races before I go home. After a little google search I found out the bloke that won, has won 37 of these races before, and used to be on a fairly strong CX team. A win would have been nice, but it makes me feel a little better about coming through after him!
|Sven after his first CX race.|
|Yannick is now the German u23 silver medallist!|
Again massive thanks to Roeland and Rose for getting me out to the course, and helping out before, during and after the race!