This season’s Cyclocross World Championships, to be held in Hoogerheide, Netherlands will feature a change in the lineup, switching the traditional time slot of the U23 Men’s race with that of the Elite Women’s race.
Since the Elite Women’s field was added in 2000 it has been held on Sunday morning, prior to the Elite Men’s event. But women’s cyclocross has gained more attention in recent years, in part due to the popularity of six-time Cyclocross World Champion, Marianne Vos.
Jan Prop, president of the race organizing committee is hoping that moving the women’s race to the marquee spot a day earlier, will draw more people to the race on Saturday and give it a more prominent place for TV programming.
“With the hugely popular Marianne Vos as a public attraction we hope the spectators will descend both days,” said Prop.
The lineup for Saturday, February 1 will now consist of the Junior Men’s race at 11 a.m. followed by the Elite Women at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature the U23 Men’s race at 11 a.m. am followed by the Elite Men’s race at 3 p.m.
Vos currently holds the rainbow jersey in cyclocross and the World Champion title in Women’s road racing. She has also held the title on the track in the women’s point and scratch races, and has numerous national titles under her belt. With such a resume, Vos has drawn comparisons by some to the legendary Eddy Merckx.
Check back here for coverage and to see if Vos can take an unprecidented seventh World Championship title.