Hoogerheide has a long history in cyclocross, perhaps officially starting on June 17, 1959 when former World Champ Adri van der Poel was born in the small Dutch town just a few kilometers from the Belgian border. The town has held the Gran Prix Adri van der Poel since 1988 and has been one of the regular stops on the UCI Cyclocross World Cup circuit. After a one-year hiatus due to the 2009 World Championships, the World Cup returns this weekend for one last tune-up race for the World Championship contenders.
Crowds estimated at over 30,000 filled up the town of Hoogerheide for the 2009 Cyclocross Wolrd Championships.
With a full four races (juniors, U23, women, men) on schedule, most of the U.S. Worlds team will be in attendance and the racers will aim for a good showing to boost their confidence for Worlds in Tabor in the Czech Republic.
In the men’s race, we’ll see the entire U.S. Worlds team line up, plus Tory Wells, with subsequent bib numbers. On the women’s side, we’ll see the women’s team minus Laura Van Gilder, but with the addition of Christine Vardaros. In the U23 race, all but Dave Hackworthy are expected to make the start, and in the junior race, we’ll see Jeff Bahson, Cody Kaiser and Chris Wallace line up.