Wednesday’s Soudal Classics Cyclocross Masters in Waregem, Beglium is the season-ending party for the racers and fans. It’s a unique event at a unique venue, and as a non-UCI event, it takes liberties in terms of course design, race length and fun and games.

Two unique events that please the fans are the professional relay races and the Ion High Jump event:

The high jump is at 7:00 p.m. Last year, Tom Meeusen took top honors, jumping over a 70cm high bar as seen below:

The race also features a relay race, following the lead of the USA Cycling National Championships and California’s grassroots Rockville series (which will have its relays this Sunday).

The relay race, held at 6:30 p.m., has 12 teams comprised of two men and one woman. When possible, racers are from the same team (even same family), but racers from different teams can comprise a relay team for the short, sub-30 minute race.

2017 Soudal Classics Cyclocross Masters - Relay Teams

BibMale 1Male 2Female 1
1Van Aert WoutAdams JoeriSels Loes
2Pauwels KevinIserbyt EliVerdonschot Laura
3Van der Haar LarsBaestaens VincentVan Anrooij Lindy
4Sweeck LaurensSweeck DietherVanderbeken Joyce
5Van Kessel CorneSoete DaanVan Loy Ellen
6Meeusen TomWalsleben PhilippMaes Shana
7Vanthourenhout MichaelVanthourenhout DieterFranck Alicia
8Hermans QuintenPeeters RobVerhestraeten Karen
9Vermeersch GianniVantornout KlaasKaptheijns Maud
10Boros MichaelAdams JensVermeir Aurelie
11Aernouts JimDenuwelaere JanNobus Anja
12Van der Poel MathieuVan der Poel DavidDe Boer Sophie

After the relays and high jump, the women take to the mostly-paved, technical course under the lights for just 20 minutes, while the men race for 30 minutes. Earlier in the day there are youth races, and Sven Nys’ son Thibau has taken part in the past:

Thibau Nys (10yrs, son of Sven) entertaining the crowd while passing by

Last year’s men’s race was the ceremonial final professional race for Sven Nys, and Wout van Aert let the living legend have his glory:

Want to see what’s in store for the racers tomorrow night? Go along for a ride with Gianni Vermeersch for a lap of the wet, hairpin turn-filled 2015 course. Full start lists below the video.

Cyclocross Masters Course Preview Video:

2017 Soudal Classics Cyclocross Masters - Elite Women

1De Boer SophieBreepark27
2Van Loy EllenTelenet-Fidea37
3Verdonschot LauraMarlux-Napoleon Games21
4Kaptheijns MaudSteylaerts-Verona23
5Sels LoesKalas - NNOF32
6Vanderbeken JoyceDonen Vondelmolen33
7Franck AliciaMarlux-Napoleon Games23
8Verhestraeten KarenDonen Vondelmolen26
9Van Anrooij LindyCycling.Be - Alphamotorhomes CT21
10Maes ShanaDonen Vondelmolen22
11Vermeir AurelieBike-Advice CT25
12Nobus AnjaTrust MTB Team43

2017 Soudal Classics Cyclocross Masters - Elite Men

1Van Aert WoutCrelan - Charles23
2Van der Poel MathieuBeobank-Corendon22
3Pauwels KevinMarlux-Napoleon Games33
4Van der Haar LarsTelenet Fidea26
5Sweeck LaurensEra Circus24
6Van Kessel CorneTelenet Fidea26
7Meeusen TomTelenet Fidea29
8Vanthourenhout MichaelMarlux-Napoleon Games24
9Hermans QuintenTelenet-Fidea22
10Vermeersch GianniSteylaerts-Verona25
11Boros MichaelPauwels sauzen - Vastgoedservice25
12Aernouts JimTelenet Fidea28
13Adams JensPauwels sauzen - Vastgoedservice25
14Walsleben PhilippBeobank-Corendon30
15Van der Poel DavidBeobank-Corendon25
16Soete DaanTelenet-Fidea23
17Iserbyt EliMarlux-Napoleon Games20
18Baestaens VincentStoempersclub Leuven28
19Vanthourenhout DieterMarlux-Napoleon Games32
20Vantornout KlaasMarlux-Napoleon Games35
21Peeters RobPauwels sauzen - Vastgoedservice32
22Sweeck DietherEra Circus24
23Cleppe NicolasTelenet-Fidea22
24Adams JoeriKalas-NNOF28
25Denuwelaere JanMahieu construct Kona team29