The UCI Cyclocross World Cup ventures to its fifth country of the season with the eighth stop in Besançon, France.

The new World Cup venue is a largely grass course that looks similar to a typical American cyclocross course, with man-made stairs, a flyover and a woods section. A set of rollers and two big pavement stretches add a bit of diversity to the grass.

A few off-cambers should make things interesting if the weather forecast for snow holds.

Here’s a course preview of the course, previously used for the French National Championships.

2021 Cyclocross UCI World Cup Besancon Course Preview:

Almost all of the top contenders will make the trip to France, many driving five and a half hours from Saturday’s X2O Badkamers Trofee race in Kortrijk, Belgium.

2021 Cyclocross UCI World Cup Besancon Elite Women Start List:

Continuing their season, Lucinda Brand, Denise Betsema, Annemarie Worst, Clara Honsinger, and Puck Pieterse will be attending the 2021 Cyclocross UCI World Cup in Besançon France.

Here are the current standings in the World Cup:

2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup standings after Koksijde


Two U.S racers will be attending the 2021 Cyclocross UCI World Cup Koksijde:

  1. Clara Honsinger
  2. Katie Clouse

Two Canadians will be attending:

  1. Maghalie Rochette
  2. Sidney Mcgill

See the preliminary start list below in pdf form.