Zonhoven is one of the iconic venues of cyclocross thanks to the stadium-like design around a descent into and out of a giant sand bowl. The area is known as De Kuil, which translates from Dutch as “The Pit,” which is evident from a look at the scene.
Although Zonhoven is located in Belgium, the 2017 edition of Superprestige Zonhoven was dominated by the Dutch. Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles) continued her hot start to the European season by running away with the win early in the Women’s race.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) did the same in the Men’s race, attacking early after a slow start, by his standards, and leaving the field behind.
Photographer Bart Hazen was at Zonhoven again this year to provide his perspective on the racing. Enjoy this photo gallery from the classic Belgian cyclocross race.
Bart Hazen Photo Gallery – 2017 Superprestige Zonhoven