Organizers of Sunday’s round of the UCI cyclocross World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium, cancelled the races because of extreme high winds. First the U23 and Junior races were scrapped, before the decision was made to scrub the whole event. It’s the first World Cup cancellation in 14-years.
— UCI Cyclocross (@UCI_CX) November 20, 2016
Storm Angus brought the chaos to the Dutch coast after lashing the south coast of the U.K. on Saturday. A tweet from Belgian rider Gianni Vermeersch illustrated the force of the storm.
— Gianni Vermeersch (@GVermeersch) November 20, 2016
Leader of the men’s side of the World Cup after winning the first two events in the U.S.A., Belgian Wout van Aert praised the organizers’ decision.
Dissapointed to not race today but I think the organisation has made a brave decision to cancel all races. Safety first!
— Wout van Aert (@WoutvanAert) November 20, 2016
His main rival, Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, wasn’t so enthused about the move.
Still 4u30 till the race starts, decision was made way too fast in my opinion. They predict less wind this afternoon. #cxweahter
— Mathieu Van der Poel (@mathieuvdpoel) November 20, 2016
The irrepressible van der Poel biked the 200+-km home instead.
— road.cc (@roadcc) November 20, 2016
Riders must wait until next Saturday when round five in Zeven, Germany rolls. On Saturday Belgian Laurens Sweeck, second to van Aert in the points, took the Soudal Classics Hasselt, while compatriot Sanne Cant prevailed in the women’s race.