Santos women’s Tour Down under (Jan 10-13) Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-scott) is aiming to win the four-day race for a third successive year. Stage two concludes with an uphill finish, averaging close to seven per cent for three kilometres.
British cross championships (Jan 12-13) Kent’s Cyclopark in Gravesend hosts the Nationals for the first time. Used as a round in last season’s National Trophy, Ian Field, who is buoyed by his overall National Trophy success, was the bestplaced Brit, while Ffion James was the fastest female.
Belgian cross championships (Jan 12-13) Sanne Cant is hoping to make it 10 wins out of 10 in the Nationals — an unprecedented feat. In the men’s race, Wout van Aert has struggled for form this season, but he could make it four national titles in succession.
Dutch cross championships (Jan 12-13) There will be no surprise as to who is expected to take the men’s crown: Mathieu van der Poel has dominated the scene like Sven Nys used to. Lucinda Brand is defending her women’s title.
cyclo-cross otegem (Jan 14)
Always held the Monday after the Belgian Nationals, Mathieu van der Poel became the first non-native to win in 2016; he has since repeated his victory twice.