Some argue that cyclo-cross is one of the toughest forms of cycle sport: the races are condensed and technical, putting tactics, physical fitness and bike handling ability to the test.
Others see cyclo-cross as an off-road crit, where every second of the race has an impact on the final result, with every attack, crash and mechanical causing the positions to shuffle. For these, cyclo-cross plays out like a Shakespearian drama.
For us though, cyclo−cross is the ultimate winter sport that tests riders to their limits. We’re hooked by the riders’ exertion and determination, and drawn in by the sport’s most vocal crowds that travel to see these races in the often spectacular locations.
We had two of our partners competing in the 2017 World Cyclo-Cross Championships, the USA Cycling Team and the Swiss Cycling Team. Held in Bieles/Belvaux in southern Luxembourg, the backdrop for the race could not have been more fitting to encapture the gritty nature of the course.
The juxtaposition of new high7minus;rises that are springing up and the marks and scars left by the region’s former flourishing steel industry reflects the merging of tradition and technology within this modern−day sport.
Here is a look back at the race through the lens of our two on−site photographers, who’ve captured the essence of cyclo-cross.