The 2018-2019 UCI Cyclocross World Cup concludes in the Netherlands on Sunday. The eighth round in Hoogerheide will wrap up the season-long series which is currently being lead by Wout van Aert in the elite men’s category with Toon Aerts right on his heels and Mariane Vos who has a sizable gap to Annemarie Worst in the elite women’s category.
Mathieu van der Poel and Sanne Cant won the World Cup round in Hoogerheide last year. Van der Poel will be making his return to competition after taking the round in Pontchâteau off. The event bears his father name and is called the Grote Prijs Adrie van der Poel in Dutch. The World Cup is the final opportunity for riders to gauge their form before the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bogense, Denmark on Feb. 3.
The Hoogerheide course is a fast affair with a forested area and a long staircase. There is an off camber section and some trenches ensuring it’s a challenging ride. The weather on Sunday is supposed to be damp with a high chance of some rain and 6 C temperature.