RAC­ING AHEAD

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kop­pen­bergcross (Novem­ber 1)

Wout van Aert was un­able to win this iconic cy­clo-cross race for a fourth con­sec­u­tive time last year — his great ri­val Mathieu van der Poel took the win in front of huge crowds. One of the best at­tended cross races of the sea­son, it’s highly prized by the rid­ers and fea­tures the cob­bled climb of the Kop­pen­berg — the no­to­ri­ous ramp fa­mously as­cended ev­ery year in the Tour of Flan­ders. euro­pean cy­clo-cross cham­pi­onships (Novem­ber 3-4)

Mathieu van der Poel and Sanne Cant are both aim­ing to keep hold of their Euro­pean ti­tles for an­other year. Coren­don-cir­cus’s Dutch su­per­star Van der Poel has be­gun this sea­son in ex­cep­tional fash­ion, while Bel­gian Cant has con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the women’s field. Bri­tish hope­ful Tom Pid­cock goes for glory in the U23 cat­e­gory. He fin­ished se­cond in 2017. Pan-amer­i­can cy­clo-cross cham­pi­onships (Novem­ber 3-4)

Just as their Euro­pean coun­ter­parts crown a con­ti­nen­tal win­ner, North and South Amer­i­can rid­ers face a tech­ni­cal course in On­tario, Canada. Boast­ing a sand pit, stair climb and mul­ti­ple tricky as­cents and de­scents, reign­ing cham­pi­ons Michael van den Ham and Christel Fer­rier­bruneaum will be de­fend­ing their ti­tles on home soil.

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