Believe it or not, it is almost time to turn the page on 2017. To close out the year, we are taking a look back at 13 of the stories that shaped the year. This list is by no means comprehensive and is loosely intended to be in chronological order, starting with the 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals in Hartford. 


The British invasion may have been led by John, Paul, George and Ringo 50 years ago, but there is a new British sensation sweeping the European mainland led by Tom, Ben, Dan and Evie.

All cheesy intros aside, 2017 has been a breakout year for British cyclocross. The country has a number of young stars who are achieving success in the pressure cooker of Belgian cyclocross and getting noticed by the biggest European teams.

Thomas Pidcock took control of the U23 Men's race at the 2017 Bogense UCI Cyclocross World Cup. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Thomas Pidcock is leading the way for an impressive group of young British cyclocrossers. 017 Bogense UCI Cyclocross World Cup. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Prior to the 2017 World Championships in Bieles, Great Britain had a total of three wins and six podium finishes across all races. Evie Richards won the Women’s U23 race in 2016, Stuart Marshall won the Junior race in 1986 and Roger Hammond won the Junior race in 1992.

Britain’s medal count got a nice boost in the Junior Men’s race at Bieles after the British team swept the podium. Phenom Tom Pidcock took the win and was followed by Dan Tulett and Ben Turner. The British Invasion swarmed Luxembourg and came away with one of the country’s most memorable days in the sport.

Thomas Pidcock, Daniel Tullet, and Ben Turner lead 2017 World Championships sweep in the Junior Men

Thomas Pidcock, Daniel Tullet and Ben Turner led a British sweep in the Junior race at the 2017 World Championships

After the success at Worlds, some of the biggest teams in Europe came calling. Pidcock signed with Sven Nys’ Telenet Fidea Lions earlier this spring and Ben Turner signed with Beobank-Corendon. This past week, Dan Tulett’s younger brother Ben, who won the Junior race at Koppenbergcross this year, signed with the IKO-Beobank development team.

After starting his cyclocross season in October, Pidcock has been making a bid to upgrade from “phenom” to “wunderkind.” Pidock has won seven of the ten U23 races he has entered this season, including all four World Cups. His latest World Cup win came via a thrilling sprint finish against Eli Iserbyt at Zolder. Turner has not achieved the same level of success as Pidcock, but he did finish third at Vlaamse Druivencross.

Tom Pidcock beat Eli Iserbyt in a thrilling sprint finish at Zolder. 2017 World Cup Zolder. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Tom Pidcock beat Eli Iserbyt in a thrilling sprint finish at Zolder. 2017 World Cup Zolder. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Although she is primarily focusing on mountain biking, Evie Richards has also built on her win at the 2016 U23 Worlds. Richards finished third behind Annemarie Worst and Ellen Noble at U23 Worlds in Bieles, and then she got one of the biggest wins of her career in the Elite race at World Cup Namur. Richards enters the 2018 World Championships as a favorite in the U23 race yet again, and as she showed at Namur, a threat to win the Elite races as well.

Evie Richards was mega excited for her win on Sunday. 2017 World Cup Namur. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Evie Richards was mega excited for her win at World Cup Namur. 2017 World Cup Namur. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

The future remains bright for British cyclocross heading into the new calendar year. Veterans Helen Wyman and Nikki Brammeier continue to turn in top-level results, and Pidcock has a ticket to ride his yellow submarine Trek Boone eight days a week to ensure the long and winding road leads to … the Octopus’ Garden. Well, that gimmick almost worked.

2017 Year in Review

Compton, Hyde win 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals in Hartford

Ellen Noble wins silver at U23 World Championships

Sanne Cant wins first Worlds in epic battle against Marianne Vos

U.S. Cyclocross Nationals return to December

Cyclocross at the CrossFit Games in Madison

R.I.P. Steve Tilford

Trends in cyclocross tech

Equal payouts at World Cup Waterloo

US Cup-CX brings a series back to U.S. Cyclocross

Jonathan Page and Todd Wells retire from cycling

Women’s cyclocross success and some miles to go