Puck Pieterse took to the course of the 2023 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide on Friday throughout the official coaching session and posted a video to YouTube of her lap (see above), ridden with teammate Danny van Lierop, giving her viewers a uncommon first-hand glimpse of what riders will expertise.
Dutch champion Pieterse is likely one of the favourites to win the elite girls’s race on Saturday, the place she is going to go up towards a powerful subject together with teammate Fem van Empel, winner of the World Cup and European champion, former world champion Lucinda Model and outdoors contenders Silvia Persico (Italy) and Blanka Vas (Hungary).
The video opens with Pieterse pretending to wake Lauren Molengraaf, who emerges from her resort mattress carrying the rainbow jersey she gained as a part of the Netherlands’ group relay squad.
Because the Dutch riders begin the circuit, they encounter Costa Rican Felipe Nystrom on the primary flyover. Nystrom, who raced Worlds in Fayetteville, is the one rider from his nation on the races. You possibly can learn extra about Felipe Nystrom’s story, together with his battle towards melancholy right here.
Pieterse provides her impression of the circuit, designed by Adrie van der Poel, as they trip throughout the grass and grime observe. She stopped to decrease her tyre strain, discovering the floor a bit slippery.
After dipping down by the quick sand pit, she famous it might be Shirin van Anrooij’s favorite a part of the course. Quickly after the sand, there was a steep drop-off she discovered startling.
The course winds round, going over the flyover two extra instances earlier than they sort out “the large climb,” move by the mechanics’ pits a second time and are joined by junior Jelte Jochems, who she youngsters about not talking English.
Yet one more time over the flyover, Pieterse will get a style of the trickiest nook on the course. She ramps up the tempo to follow bunny-hopping the boundaries, which come not lengthy earlier than the “harmful” blind entry to the steepest descent into the ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
Viewers get a first-hand trip by the off-camber flip to the ending straight, which Pieterse and Van Lierop sort out with obvious ease. “Now you are available in with the wheelie should you win”, she says as she crosses the road.
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