It was World Cup CX day in Koksijde, Belgium. The Belgians love their cyclocross so much that they even believe Santa delivers toys by cyclocross bike, of course! The Santa "monument" is actually a big ad for the coming of the World Championships in just over 2 months to the same spot, a tiny town by the coast line.
It's actually much easier to take better pictures of the U23 race since there are far fewer spectators around so the next shots are from that race.
I've been to two Pro races now and both times I've seen this fan who is a Kevin Pauwels fanatic. He goes around with this crazy umbrella with a women's head on it and all sorts of pictures of Pauwels on the umbrella.
Staying at the Chain Stay has it's perks. Normally it would cost 17 Euro to get in to an event like this. Gregg operates the small Renner team with Gabby Day from the UK and Craig Richey from Canada. We get to come in with the team van and set up with all the others nearby as opposed to a long walk and get free passes into the pits or starting area. As for the women's race, Gabby was not very confident warming up (shown below) but she had an excellent race finishing 10th in the strong field of 45 competitors.
Now it's time that I get ready for my race tomorrow!