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World Cyclocross Elite Races In Zeven

STEVENS Bikes is main sponsor of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup Race on November 25th in Zeven.

Mathieu van der Poel, Winner in Zeven in 2016
Mathieu van der Poel, Winner in Zeven in 2016 photo: Armin M. Küstenbrück

Here in our Northern German home region about an hour by car from Hamburg, the world elite of cyclocross racing will meet for one of the most important competitions on the last Saturday in November of the season. From morning to late afternoon the U19 Juniors, then U23 youngsters and last but not least the Women’s and Men’s Elite category will enter their respective races.

The Zeven World Cup is the fifth of nine runs of the most important race series in cyclocross. Winning the overall of the World Cup is considered one of the most prestigious goals in this sport.

The 2017/18 season began in the US with two races (Iowa City, IA and Waterloo, WI) and will continue on October 22nd in Koksijde/Belgium and November 19th in Bogense/Denmark. After Zeven there will be the world cup races in on such renowned cyclocross courses in Namur and near the former Formula One racetrack in Heusden-Zolder, both Belgium. The penultimate stop in the World Cup tour will be in January in Nommay Pays de Montbéliard/France before the World Cup finale will take place in Hoogerheide/Netherlands.

”We are gladly looking forward to watch the current world elite of cyclocross here in Northern Germany”, says STEVENS General Manager Wolfgang von Hacht. Fred Schierenbeck, STEVENS’ Co General Manager adds: ”To see these races live and in person is a great one-of-a-kind experience.” The atmosphere on the sidelines of the track where you can closely watch the riders coming by is just great. For the other big races you need to travel to Belgium and Holland.

Such a race on world class level in Germany was also beneficial in further promoting the winter cycling discipline of cyclocross. ”The effort of the organizers at Elbe-Weser-Cross cycling Club, first and foremost Hans Pape von Hansegrand, to bring this race to Northern Germany deserves the greatest respect”, says Wolfgang von Hacht. The second race in Zeven after last year’s premiere also was a token of appreciation from the UCI who only awards races to reliable organizers. For the first time in 14 years a Cyclocross World Cup Event has taken place in Germany and for the first time overall in Northern Germany.

Following The Race Directly From The Sidelines
The 2.8 km (1.7 mls) long course on the fairground in Zeven offers everything that can be thrown at ’cross riders and their bikes on 33mm wide studded tires: ”Grass, rubble, tarmac only on the home stretch, slippery slopes, sandy sections, depending on the weather deep mud, many little but painfully steep climbs, hurdles and countless curves and switchbacks. This year’s course will be slightly modified by several highlights the organizers announced.

The Zeven fairground offers the spectators a convenient view of the complete race track and progress of the race which is also broadcast on large video screens. Even better: The spectators can watch almost every part of the course in close proximity only being separated by barriers. Many shortcuts allow for easy moving from one section to another. If you strategically follow the race along the course you can see the riders passing several times on each lap (the race will take 40 minutes or 60, respectively plus one lap).

”After the race is before the party” and before the hobby race the next day there will be lots of entertainment and food. There will be, of course, Belgian Fries AND Belgian Waffles and you will be able to have a look inside the paddock where mechanics prepare the bikes and riders warm-up for the fifth World Cup race of the season. And there’s going to be an after-race party in a festival tent at the venue. Those who want to test themselves on a world cup course can enter the hobby race that is part of the Northern States and Lower Saxony state championships.

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