After a season of head-to-head battles on the UCI World Cup and race series that dot the global calendar, the world comes together in Valkenburg, the Netherlands for the 2018 world championships. On the line is the privilege of wearing the rainbow jersey for the coming year. Sanne Cant and Wout Van Aert enter the weekend as the defending elite champions but will both face challenges to their title in Limburg.
Canada is well represented with 13 athletes in Valkenburg competing in all five races taking place over the weekend. The action gets underway on Saturday with the junior men’s, under-23 women’s and elite women’s races on the menu. On Sunday, the under-23 men race followed by the elite men’s race which concludes the championships.
As of Friday the course in Valkenburg is extremely muddy and slick from rain the past couple of days. Saturday the forecast was calling for cloudy skies and a chance of showers. For Sunday when the elite men race, the forecast is calling for cooler temperatures but clearer skies.
The technical course features a lot of elements that will be even harder to navigate in thick mud. The course begins with a forested flowing section with some slick rises and falls. A challenging descent follows before a brief section in the park and another technical descent. Some off camper sections follow and then the courses big run-up. The run into the line features one other incline that riders will need to dismount to navigate.
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 5 am EST
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 9 am EST
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