I like the way this course is laid out, and the way some of the sections of race route have huge width between the fencing. While other sections are very technical with steep drops and side hill off camber portions that test bike handling to the highest degree. On this day the track is brutal! Any time you see the best riders in the world slogging along through grassy fields, with mud and rain completing the main dish, you know it is demanding. Any average rider would have tremendous difficulty to just get around this track I guarantee.
Watch as Niels Albert slowly cracks to the steady pressure eventual winner Sven Nys applies with 2 laps to go. This video has some very good slow motion action and highlight clips that very much show the anguish and suffering the racers face from the technicality of the track and the harsh weather conditions on the day. Check out Niels Albert crash on the super slick, slimy, and steep downward section of track after a long run up, and slide down the hill like he was on a mud slide. Cool to see the fans send his bike down toward him after he gets back to his feet!
Second video is a very good show from the 2009 BASP #1 event at Mclaren park in San Francisco. This video tracks the quest for victory of Nor-Cal Cross stalwart Josh Snead on the hard layout ran at Mclaren park.
This video has some very cool shots of the famous run up section at Mclaren. And I like the way the video is all Josh Snead all the time. View Snead making one amazing save from a front end get off, just as he was making contact to the lead duo in the final laps of the race. Snead showed stellar bike handling to pull out of a sure wipe out and continue to ride on.
Don Myrah ends up being the star of the show as he chases down a extremely hard uphill surge from Chris McGovern, and those two riders end up fighting out the win. McGovern does his best to distance Myrah on the last lap. I was there that day, and I remember clearly Myrah sneaking through lapped rider traffic during the final portions of the last lap near the finish. This gave Myrah just enough room to get a gap on McGovern and hold it all the way to the finish line. The announcer/voice over for the video loved Snead, but gave due credit to Myrah who celebrated his win in fine style with a emphatic two arm victory salute.
Melden - Oudenaarde, Belgium. In the center of the crowd is reigning World Champion Zedneck Stybar navigating a tricky downhill section.
Cross is #1 in Belgium, but in 2013 Cross will be the "big show" in the USA as the UCI Elite World Championships come to America for the first time ever! Certainly it will be standing room only for the main events at Cross World's 2013- USA.