The sixth round of the 2018-2019 UCI Cyclocross World Cup takes place in Namur, Belgium on Sunday, Dec. 23 kicking off a period of intense racing around Christmas through to the New Year’s. There will be 12 Canadians lining-up in Namur for the World Cup along with the usual world-class favourites.
To watch the action, Canadians have a couple of options. The UCI World Cups are free to stream for Canadians at the UCI Youtube channel. The women’s race starts at 7:30 a.m. EST while the men race at 9 a.m. EST.
Another way to watch the action is on FloBikes which will be broadcasting on-demand streaming of the race in Canada. FloBike also covers the Superprestige, DVV Trofee and Brico Cross series so if you are big into cross a subscription may cover many of the viewings needs into 2019. If you plan to watch a lot of road racing FloBikes also has the Canadian rights to the Classics like Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and the Flanders Classics races which include de Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Giro is also being shown on FloBikes. You can either subscribe to the service of a $30 monthly fee or alternatively, you can pay for a calendar year which will cost $150.
Mathieu van der Poel has won the last three rounds of the World Cup along with nearly every other race he’s entered this year and enters the race as the hot favourite. Fans will be closely watching world champion Wout van Aert whose prolonged contract dispute concluded when he signed with Jumbo-Visma beginning in March of 2019. Toon Aerts still leads the series overall after his sweep of the two U.S. World Cups.
In the women’s competition, three different Dutch women have won the last three rounds of the World Cup with surprise winner Denise Betsema victorious at Koksijde. Marianne Vos leads the series overall ahead of world champion Sanne Cant.