Dutch Headwind Champs & New 2019 Pro Cycling Kits | The Cycling Race News Show


(exciting music and race starting tones) – Welcome back to the
GCN Racing News Show. This week, have you ever felt like you’re going nowhere fast? Well that’s exactly how
the competitors felt at the Dutch National Headwind
Championships on Saturday. We’ve got that plus the latest round of the Brico Cross from Essen, and the Car Park Cannon Ball Race from Christchurch in New Zealand. Plus all the other major
news in pro cycling. They don’t have many hills, the Dutch, but they do have a lot of wind. Even so, the Dutch Headwind
Championships has no fixed date, instead, being put on when the
forecast looks good enough, or bad enough, depending on
how you want to look at it. And it was bad enough on
Saturday for it to take place in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands, on a flat road they call Dutch Mountain, right by the sea, on a road
that’s about as exposed as you can get on a day when flights and sailings were
canceled due to wind gusts of 127 kilometers per hour, nutters. There are three key rules to the Dutch Headwind Championships. Number one, wind speed must be at least seven Beaufort, which is
over 50 kilometers per hour. Number two, competitors have to ride eight and a half
kilometers into that wind, and number three, they have to do so on a standard Dutch town bike. Sounds like one for lasty, if you ask me. In fact, shall we have a pain
and suffering compilation, before I tell you the results? Yeah, okay. (heavy rock music) That looks grim, doesn’t it? The concept arose in 2013
through Robrecht Stoekenbroek, who says that almost
every Dutch man and woman has endured a kind of
trauma in their lives, through cycling to school
into a block headwind. And so, he decided to recreate that trauma with these Championships, which
are now in their fifth year. Over 300 riders took part on the day. The men’s winner was Max de Jong in a time of 18 minutes and 16 seconds, which is a pretty impressive average speed of 28 kilometers per hour, whilst Lisa Scheenaard won the women’s in an equally impressive
20 minutes and 28 seconds. The best team was Team Nooitstop, but I must say well done
to everyone who took part. What a savage event,
although the ride back must be quite nice. Over to the mud now, and with the big guns Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert on a mid-season training
camp, the races were wide open in the Cyclocross world at the weekend. At the Brico Cross on Saturday in Essen, it was Laurens Sweeck who took advantage, coming home 19 seconds to
the good of fellow Belgian Gianni Vermeersch, with David
Van Der Poel in 3rd place. In the women’s event, Maud Kaptheijns took her first victory in over a year, 14 seconds ahead of Lucinda Brand. Brand, though, would get her
own back the following day, at the 81st edition of
the Vlaamse Druivencross, which is described as the
Mother of All Cross Races. That win came despite three
crashes on the muddy course. Each time, she had to chase
back to Nikki Brammeier. Her deficit eight seconds at the bell, but on the final lap
she got everything right and eventually finished with 11 seconds to spare over the Brit. Ellen Van Loy had briefly
led on the first lap, but then twisted her knee
in a nasty looking crash, her team saying that she’d
bruised some ligaments and will remain in hospital
overnight for checks. We of course wish her all
the best in her recovery. In the men’s event there, World Cup leader Toon Aerts continued his stellar season, winning with a comfortable
half minute advantage over Michael Vanthourenhout. The mud, though, continues this weekend with the next round of
the DVV Trophy on Saturday and then the Superprestige
coming on Sunday, both of which are live here on GCN and both of which will have commentary from the one, the only, Tom Last. I know a lot of you have been missing him, so make sure you tune into
that on our Facebook page. In other racing news, Annemiek van Vleuten was honored by the Dutch
Sport Minister Bruno Bruins last week after her courageous ride to a top 10 placing at
the World Championships, which she did with a fractured tibia. Thoroughly deserved, I’d say. And van Vleuten is the queen of comebacks, since she faces yet another
long road to recovery right now, after that crash. A few teams have been
unveiling their 2019 jerseys. This is what Boels-Dolmans
will be wearing. A slightly different shade of orange, and a bit more black than previous years. Team Ketusha’s shorts have
remained almost the same, but their jersey has completely changed to a turquoise blue, which should be relatively easy to spot in the bunch, whilst Lotto Soudal’s kit
looks comfortably familiar, although there is a little bit more white than there was this year. Incidentally, that Belgian
squad has just signed the cross-country former
mountain bike World Champion Annika Langvad, and watch out for her in the hillier races next year. Meanwhile, former tour
and Giro Stage winner Ramunas Navardauskas will
swap jerseys completely. He’s just confirmed that he’ll move from Bahrain-Merida to
Delko Marseille next year. Meanwhile, Dani Rowe has announced that she is retiring from
competitive cycling altogether. I must admit I was a little
bit surprised about that one, as she’s had her best
ever season on the road, however, it is on the track where she’s achieved her major successes, with three world titles
and an Olympic gold. Not a bad haul, just 28 years of age. There’s been some good news
for the Drops Women’s Team, whose crowdfunding campaign
has been successful enough to see them continue into 2019, despite losing Trek, their main sponsor, who will have their own
women’s team next year. And finally, Geraint Thomas
has ended speculation that he may go back to
the unfinished business he has with the Giro d’Italia next year, while revealing that his main aim will be to defend his Tour de France title. It’s going to be very interesting to see how things play
out at Team Sky next year, because you’d also
imagine, a fifth tour title will be Chris Froome’s number one goal. Right, we shall bookend
today’s Racing News Show with another interesting event, which is brutal for a
completely different reason. The Car Park Cannon Ball over in Christchurch, New Zealand. So each category has 32 riders, who go head to head in
pairs as they race up eight floors of a multi-story car park, which means that if you
want to get to the final, you’ll be doing the climb five times. Unfortunately for us
roadies, it appears that the mountain bikers were showing us how it’s done over there, in fact, they filled the first two spots in the men’s event with
16-year-old Jacob Turner getting the better of Cameron Kay. Kay, incidentally, was
competing on flat pedals and in baggy clothes, having just taken the child seat off his
bike the day before. It was a decent lineup
too, in the men’s event, with last year’s Zwift Academy winner Ollie Jones also taking part. Donna Head successfully defended her title in the women’s geared
event, and I have to say, that does look like a lot of fun. All proceeds from the event go towards men’s health and Movember,
so it’s well worth supporting next year
if you’re in the area. Okay, that’s all for this
week’s Racing News Show. Don’t forget to set a reminder on Facebook for the live Cross Event
on GCN this weekend. I’ll be back tomorrow
with Si on the GCN Show, so we hope to have your company then. Before then, though,
if you can’t get enough of your Cyclocross at the moment, why not check out how
Emma got on her first ever Cyclocross race, by
clicking just down here.