After Mathieu van der Poel skipped the two U.S. World Cups in 2016, it was big news when Mathieu van der Poel announced he would be heading to the U.S. for the 2017 American World Cup rounds.
The excitement was understandable. Even though Van der Poel won most of the matchups between the two young stars the previous season, they still had some memorable 2016/17 battles.
The great rivalry, however, did not materialize in the U.S. last year, foreshadowing a year of dominance for Van der Poel.
This year, 50 percent of the young duo will be in the U.S. for the Jingle Cross and Waterloo World Cups.
After his head-turning third-place finish at Mountain Bike Worlds last weekend, Van der Poel is taking a much-deserved break. According to this report, Van der Poel will likely make his season debut October 6 and 7 at Brico Cross Meulbeke and Ronse.
Van Aert will be in Wisconsin and Iowa. The three-time defending world champion recently released his 2018/19 cyclocross schedule. It includes all the World Cups, Euro Champs, Belgian Champs and Worlds as well as a mix of the Brico Cross, DVV Trofee and Superprestige series.
Van Aert’s full schedule is below.
We will be seeing Van Aert at the two U.S. World Cups, and Cyclocross Magazine will be covering the DVV Trofee, Superprestige and World Cup races headlined by Van Aert and Van der Poel all season.
Wout van Aert's 2018 Schedule
|Sept 16, 2018||Geraardsbergen - Brico|
|Sept 23, 2018||Waterloo - WC|
|Sept 29, 2018||Jingle Cross - WC|
|Oct 6, 2018||Meulebe - Brico|
|Oct 7, 2018||Ronse - Brico|
|Oct 13, 2018||Lokeren - Brico|
|Oct 14, 2018||Gieten - Superprestige|
|Oct 18, 2018||Ardooie|
|Oct 21, 2018||Bern - WC|
|Oct 28, 2018||Ruddervoorde - Superprestige|
|Nov 1, 2018||Koppenbergcross - DVV|
|Nov 4, 2018||European Championships - Romale|
|Nov 11, 2018||Gavere - Superprestige|
|Nov 17, 2018||Tabor - WC|
|Nov 24, 2018||Wachtebeke|
|Nov 25, 2018||Koksijde - WC|
|Dec 15, 2018||Antwerpen - DVV|
|Dec 16, 2018||Zonhoven - Superprestige|
|Dec 23, 2018||Namur - WC|
|Dec 26, 2018||Zolder - WC|
|Dec 28, 2018||Loenhout - DVV|
|Dec 29, 2018||Breden - Brico|
|Dec 30, 2018||Diegem - Superprestige|
|Jan 6, 2019||La Meziere|
|Jan 13, 2019||Belgian Nationals - Kruibeke|
|Jan 14, 2019||Otegem|
|Jan 20, 2019||Pontchateau - WC|
|Jan 27, 2019||Hoogerheide - WC|
|Feb 3, 2019||World Championships - Bogense|
|Feb 6, 2019||Maldegem - Brico|