Worlds Blog #2 - Hoogerheide World Cup - JR & U23 - Mike Albright Photography

Hoogerheide World Cup - Junior & Under-23 Men

2016 GP Adrie van der Poel World Cup Cyclocross - Hoogerheide, Netherlands

2016 GP Adrie van der Poel World Cup Cyclocross - Hoogerheide, Netherlands

A little bit of a change from years past, as there used to be a forest in the foreground.

The final 2015/2016 UCI Cycling World Cup race took place at the old world championship course venue at Hoogerheide, Netherlands.  The course was a little different in years past due to tree clearing and construction but the competition was intense.   The first two races of the day were the Junior and Under 23 men classes.  Check out this blog for some coverage, and stay tuned for the Elite Men and Women!

Junior riders warm up before the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup.

Junior riders warm up before the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup.

Gage Hecht (Parker,Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) powers through one of the fastest sections.

Gage Hecht (Parker,Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) powers through one of the fastest sections.

A colorful band was entertaining the crowd.

A colorful band was entertaining the crowd.

Workers enjoy a little break from a sudden rain shower.

Workers enjoy a little break from a sudden rain shower.

Part of Team USA waits for call-ups.

Part of Team USA waits for call-ups.

Gage Hecht (Parker,Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) with a nice 4th place finish.

Gage Hecht (Parker,Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) with a nice 4th place finish.

Spencer Petrov (USA) sits in a good position. in front of Alessio Dhoore (BEL).

Spencer Petrov (USA) sits in a good position. in front of Alessio Dhoore (BEL).

Eric Brunner (USA) in the mix.

Eric Brunner (USA) in the mix.

There are plenty of Sven Nys fans at the GP race.

There are plenty of Sven Nys fans at the GP race.

Alberte van Feijoo  (ESP) getting close to the fencing.

Alberte van Feijoo (ESP) getting close to the fencing.

Jappe Jaspers (#22) (BEL) finished 14th overall

Jappe Jaspers (#22) (BEL) finished 14th overall

Jappe Jaspers (BEL)

Jappe Jaspers (BEL)

Cameron Beard (USA) tosses his glasses to a USA team member.

Cameron Beard (USA) tosses his glasses to a USA team member.

Spencer Petrov (USA) tosses his glasses to the USA team member.

Spencer Petrov (USA) tosses his glasses to the USA team member.

Gage Hecht is interviewed by Dan Seaton of Velo News

Gage Hecht is interviewed by Dan Seaton of Velo News

Race announcing is done live from inside the crowd at the  2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Race announcing is done live from inside the crowd at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Lorenzo Calloni (ITA) gets past Yannick Vrielink (NED), who gets hooked on fencing.

Lorenzo Calloni (ITA) gets past Yannick Vrielink (NED), who gets hooked on fencing.

Cameron Beard (USA) finished 31st in a tough international field.

Cameron Beard (USA) finished 31st in a tough international field.

Gage Hecht (USA) out-sprints Mickael Crispin (FSA) for 4th.

Gage Hecht (USA) out-sprints Mickael Crispin (FSA) for 4th.

Slovakian Matej Ulik riding through the rain.

Slovakian Matej Ulik riding through the rain.

Toki Sawada (JAP) changes bikes at 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Toki Sawada (JAP) changes bikes at 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Tobin Ortenblad (#32) (Santa Cruz,Calif./California Giant Cycling)  and Logan Owen (#33) (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) sit in good position for the U23 start.

Tobin Ortenblad (#32) (Santa Cruz,Calif./California Giant Cycling) and Logan Owen (#33) (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) sit in good position for the U23 start.

Johan Jacobs (SUI), finished 11th in U23.

Johan Jacobs (SUI), finished 11th in U23.

Logan Owen (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) gets thrown off of his line by the deep mud and ruts.

Logan Owen (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) gets thrown off of his line by the deep mud and ruts.

Quinten Hermans (BEL), winner of the U23.

Quinten Hermans (BEL), winner of the U23.

The stairs at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands were new this year.  The hillside was so soft that only a select few photographers were able to have access to it.

The stairs at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands were new this year. The hillside was so soft that only a select few photographers were able to have access to it.

Logan Owen (#33) (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) finished in 8th in the U23 class at 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands and says he feels ready for worlds next week.

Logan Owen (#33) (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) finished in 8th in the U23 class at 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands and says he feels ready for worlds next week.

Quinten Hermans, (BEL), the eventual winner of the U23 class.

Quinten Hermans, (BEL), the eventual winner of the U23 class.

Jens Dekker (NED) was the Junior Men winner at 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Jens Dekker (NED) was the Junior Men winner at 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Tobin Ortenblad (#32) (Santa Cruz,Calif./California Giant Cycling)  and Logan Owen Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) talks with Thijs Aerts (BEL) after finishing U23 race.

Tobin Ortenblad (#32) (Santa Cruz,Calif./California Giant Cycling) and Logan Owen Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) talks with Thijs Aerts (BEL) after finishing U23 race.

Tobin Ortenblad (#32) (Santa Cruz,Calif./California Giant Cycling)  and Logan Owen (#33) (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) gets interviewed by Dan Seaton of Velo News.s

Tobin Ortenblad (#32) (Santa Cruz,Calif./California Giant Cycling) and Logan Owen (#33) (Bremerton,Wash./Cal Giant-Specialized) gets interviewed by Dan Seaton of Velo News.s

Timon Ruegg (SUI) gasps for air after his finish.  25th Place in U23.

Timon Ruegg (SUI) gasps for air after his finish. 25th Place in U23.

An exhausted Gosse van der Meer (NED) after finishing in 17th place.

An exhausted Gosse van der Meer (NED) after finishing in 17th place.

Stephano Sala performs a bike change, a technical and unique component of cyclocross racing.

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