At the recent 2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Australia fielded a team of nine riders. This consisted of three Junior Men, four U23 Men, one Elite Woman and one Elite Men.
We rode in a World Cup in Hoogerheide in Netherlands in the week prior to Worlds which were then in Valkenburg.
The Valkenburg course perched at the top of the infamous Calburg climb was set to be a difficult one with elevation. The rain in the days in the lead up to the event turning many sections of the course into a slippery mud making it difficult for even the highest ranked riders. All in the team felt this course was the most difficult they had ever ridden.
The weather conditions over the weekend of racing were varied from rain to sunshine and finally as the elite men raced, snow. The pit crew were very busy over the weekend with all riders on the course requiring several bike changes per race.
With the greater team of riders and support made up from Australians and locals consisted of 25 personnel.
Whilst our riders do it tough typically starting late in the start line up due to the UCI points system, most of our riders finished higher in the race order than they began the race.
Of notable results were Nicholas Smith in U23 men finishing on the lead lap in 40th, and Elite Male Garry Millburn in 36th however pulled in the last lap under the 80% rule. As a team entry our U23 men came 11th.