Worlds Blog #3 - Hoogerheide - Elite Men and Women - Mike Albright Photography

World Cup Cyclo-cross - Hoogerheide - Elite Women and Men

The final UCI World Cup series race for the 2015/16 cyclo-cros season took place at the ex-world championships venue in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.  The venue has changed a lot since then, as there have been many trees removed on the grounds and the course is completely different in some sections and the addition of a 40+ step concrete staircase was the most noticeable change.  Check out the intense action from the Elite Men and Women below.  Next up, Worlds in Zolder, Belgium!

A wide shot of the venue at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. To the left is the venue entrance, finish line area and team pits.  To the right is the start area and new hillside with staircase.

A wide shot of the venue at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. To the left is the venue entrance, finish line area and team pits. To the right is the start area and new hillside with staircase.

Sanne Cant leads the elite women pack coming into the first mud section.

Sanne Cant leads the elite women pack coming into the first mud section.

Meredith Miller (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross) was caught up in the ball-up on the 1st corner.

Meredith Miller (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross) was caught up in the ball-up on the 1st corner.

Caroline Mani (Franche-Comté- Clément Raleigh) gets stuck in first lap traffic.

Caroline Mani (Franche-Comté- Clément Raleigh) gets stuck in first lap traffic.

Meredith Miller (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Meredith Miller (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Kaitie Antonneau (Racine,Wisc./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld)

Kaitie Antonneau (Racine,Wisc./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld)

Meredith Miller (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross) leads Maelle Grossetete (FRA)

Meredith Miller (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross) leads Maelle Grossetete (FRA)

Suzie Godart (LUX) exchanges bikes with her team in the pits.

Suzie Godart (LUX) exchanges bikes with her team in the pits.

Katie Compton (Colorado Springs,Colo./Trek Factory Racing)

Katie Compton (Colorado Springs,Colo./Trek Factory Racing)

Sanne Cant (BEL)

Sanne Cant (BEL)

Katie Compton (Colorado Springs,Colo./Trek Factory Racing) leads Loes Sels (BEL) out of 'the hole'

Katie Compton (Colorado Springs,Colo./Trek Factory Racing) leads Loes Sels (BEL) out of 'the hole'

Therese Rhodes (AUS) gets a clean bike in the pits.

Therese Rhodes (AUS) gets a clean bike in the pits.

Caroline Mani

Caroline Mani

Sofie de Boer

Sofie de Boer

Sanne Cant

Sanne Cant

Elle Anderson (San Francisco,Calif./SRAM Strava)

Elle Anderson (San Francisco,Calif./SRAM Strava)

Kaitie Antonneau (Racine,Wisc./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld)

Kaitie Antonneau (Racine,Wisc./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld)

The overall World Cup trophy with #1 Sanne Cant, #2 Nikki Harris and #3 Eva Lechner

The overall World Cup trophy with #1 Sanne Cant, #2 Nikki Harris and #3 Eva Lechner

Sanne Cant, winner of the UCI World Cup overall series.

Sanne Cant, winner of the UCI World Cup overall series.

Stephen Hyde before warms up before men's start.

Stephen Hyde before warms up before men's start.

Mathieu van der Poel  (left) caught in a warm up motion blur.

Mathieu van der Poel (left) caught in a warm up motion blur.

The elite men charge up the starting straight at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

The elite men charge up the starting straight at the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Mathieu van der Poel is pure power, mixed with style.

Mathieu van der Poel is pure power, mixed with style.

Sven Nys was 13th today.

Sven Nys was 13th today.

Allen Krughoff (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Allen Krughoff (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Gianni Vermeersch leads the first lap.

Gianni Vermeersch leads the first lap.

Jeremy Durrin (Westhampton, Mass./Neon Velo Cycling Team)

Jeremy Durrin (Westhampton, Mass./Neon Velo Cycling Team)

Yu Takenouchi (JAP)

Yu Takenouchi (JAP)

Canadian Mark McConnell  (Hot Sauce).

Canadian Mark McConnell (Hot Sauce).

Allen Krughoff (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Allen Krughoff (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Mathieu van der Poel exchanges bikes.

Mathieu van der Poel exchanges bikes.

David van der Poel with a bike exchange.

David van der Poel with a bike exchange.

Spectators watch the race unfolding on the large display at the center of the venue.

Spectators watch the race unfolding on the large display at the center of the venue.

it's an honor to watch Sven Nys (BEL) race his last World Cup race.  #respect

it's an honor to watch Sven Nys (BEL) race his last World Cup race. #respect

Wout van Aert (BEL) runs up toward photographer Matthew Lasala

Wout van Aert (BEL) runs up toward photographer Matthew Lasala

Jeremy Powers (Easthampton,Mass./Aspire Racing) chases Stephen Hyde (Easthampton,Mass./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) out of the pits.  They were having their own race within a race.  Jeremy finished 31st and Stephen in 33rd.

Jeremy Powers (Easthampton,Mass./Aspire Racing) chases Stephen Hyde (Easthampton,Mass./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) out of the pits. They were having their own race within a race. Jeremy finished 31st and Stephen in 33rd.

Wout van Aert (BEL)

Wout van Aert (BEL)

There was a fair amount of rain before this weekend's race.

There was a fair amount of rain before this weekend's race.

Fun in the mud

Fun in the mud

Allen Krughoff (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

Allen Krughoff (Boulder,Colorado/Noosa Pro Cyclocross)

The current cyclocross world champion, Mathieu van der Poel races the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

The current cyclocross world champion, Mathieu van der Poel races the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Mathieu van der Poel , winner of the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Mathieu van der Poel , winner of the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Toon Aerts was in tears after his effort , as he was not selected for the Belgian national team and finished just minutes behind the winner today.

Toon Aerts was in tears after his effort , as he was not selected for the Belgian national team and finished just minutes behind the winner today.

Toon Aerts broke down in tears after finishing 6th, as he was not selected for the worlds team next weekend.
The fan base at European Cyclo-cross races runs deep.

The fan base at European Cyclo-cross races runs deep.

Mathieu van der Poel motions to a fellow countryman in the crowd to remove their hat during the playing of the Netherlands nation anthem.  1) Mathieu van der Poel 2) Wout van Aert 3) Kevin Pauwels

Mathieu van der Poel motions to a fellow countryman in the crowd to remove their hat during the playing of the Netherlands nation anthem. 1) Mathieu van der Poel 2) Wout van Aert 3) Kevin Pauwels

Hoogerheide WC Elite Men Podium: 1) Mathieu van der Poel 2) Wout van Aert 3) Kevin Pauwels

Hoogerheide WC Elite Men Podium: 1) Mathieu van der Poel 2) Wout van Aert 3) Kevin Pauwels

Wout van Aert, winner of the overall world cup after the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Wout van Aert, winner of the overall world cup after the 2016 GP Adrie van der Poel UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

1  Mathieu VAN DER POEL	<br />
2  Wout VAN AERT	<br />
3  Kevin PAUWELS

1 Mathieu VAN DER POEL
2 Wout VAN AERT
3 Kevin PAUWELS

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert conduct the quietest post-race press conference that I've ever witnessed

Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert conduct the quietest post-race press conference that I've ever witnessed

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