We’ve got a classic Throwback Thursday (#tbt) video for you today from 1973. That year, the Cyclocross World Championships strayed from mainland Europe over to England. The race was held in Crystal Palace, in south London, and we’ve got some grainy black and white highlights of this major cyclocross milestone for you today.

Back then, there were just two races, just the amateur and professional men. The professional race was a nail biter, with then six-time cyclocross World Champion Erik De Vlaeminck looking to defend his title and extend his win streak to six consecutive wins. However, France’s André Wilhelm and West Germany’s Rolf Wolfshohl were determined to stop him.

Enjoy the look back to cyclocross racing over 40 years ago in the video above. It was originally produced by British Movietone, recently made available by the AP.

Want to celebrate this milestone world championships? De Marchi even made a set of classy wool jerseys to celebrate the 1973 race.