Nys shows of his technical prowess at Worlds in Hoogerheide. © Thomas Van Bracht

Nys shows of his technical prowess at Worlds in Hoogerheide. © Thomas Van Bracht

With no Belgian organization willing to host the Belgian MTB Championships, current MTB (and cyclocross) National Champion Sven Nys is taking it on himself. According to cyclo-cross.be, Nys has contacted his partner company, Golazo Sports Marketing, to see if they can swing it.

Nys already has a location in mind near his home town of Baal, but he is still working on obtaining an environmental license for this land. Right now he claims his chances to be 50/50 in obtaining his ideal location. Nys will also have to pay the standard cost of 15,000€ to the Belgian Cycling Federation to run the event.

If Nys can get this necessary license then he will save the Belgian MTB Champs. This would be fantastic for him as he’s sadly had to watch his second favorite sport diminish over the last years, with fewer and fewer events held in his homeland. Nys explains to cyclo-cross.info, “It is really sad to see what is happening to Belgian mountain biking. Not only Nats, but there are also much fewer races here. Hopefully I can change this quickly.” Assuming Nys makes miracles happen, the date set for this event is July 20th.

Christine Vardaros

Christine Vardaros is an Elite ’crosser who started her career in the US and quickly transitioned to life as an American expat living and racing in Belgium. Cyclocross Magazine's European eyes and ears, she maintains a Rider Diary in both print and online, and contributes features regularly as well.