The 2023-2024 UCI Cyclocross World Cup season kicks off this Sunday, October 15, with the World Cup Waterloo in the backyard of Trek Bikes.
This year, the World Cup starts with just one American World Cup, but that hasn’t stopped many of the world’s top racers from making the trip. Gone are Fayetteville and Jingle Cross from years past.
The start list includes 35 Elite Women, the same number as in 2022, but will be missing the late rising star Zoe Clay, who tragically passed away just a week before the World Cup kick-off.
2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup overall winner Puck Pieterse and former Cyclocross World Champ Evie Richards, along with other offroad stars including Jolanda Neff, have remained in North America after the Mount Saint Anne Mountain Bike World Cup finale to contest the cyclocross race in Wisconsin. Richards and Neff are sponsored by Trek Bikes.
World Champ Fem van Empel will show off her rainbow stripes in her Waterloo defense.
The Elite Men’s field features 44 racers, down from 50 in 2023. The Big Three of Van Aert, Van der Poel and Pidcock will be missing, but Eli Iserbyt has returned to defend his title again, while Laurens Sweeck returns to the USA after a year away.
Both USA Cycling National Champs in Clara Honsinger and Curtis White will be present to battle for World Cup points.
See the start lists below.
2023-2024 UCI Cyclocross World Cup World Cup Waterloo Start List: Elite Women2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Waterloo Elite Women start list
2023-2024 UCI Cyclocross World Cup World Cup Waterloo Start List: Elite Men2023 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Waterloo Elite Men start list
Featured photo: 2021 World Cup Waterloo, Jeff Vander Stucken