With the Mid-Atlantic cyclocross season at an end and Nationals still a couple weeks away, we have been spending our time obsessing over the Euro-cross scene and Sven Nys in particular. Sven is something special. He is not only the fastest guy out there on most days but is also meticulous about how he attacks a course. On most days he seems to have every turn, hill, mud bog, dialed in and nails his line each lap. At this past Sunday’s World Cup race at Zolder, there was one feature, an uphill section with two-switchbacks, in which Nys’ strategy changed throughout the race. It’s fascinating to watch him figure out the puzzle and nail the feature by the final lap. It’s also fascinating to watch Niels Albert try a new line every lap with no apparent plan. In the end, Nys’ mastery of that feature gives him the gap over Albert that he takes advantage of to solo for the win. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve mashed it all together in a short video that is truly a 2 and a half minute masters class. It’s called #SVENNESS.
And what is #SVENNESS you ask? Although I do not speak or understand Dutch, I love the post-race interviews with the pros. Nys has one of those names that his competitors always seem to turn into one word. Sven Nys, Sven-Nys, SvenNess. And from that came #SVENNESS. I like to think of it as a state of being and something we can all use a little of in our racing and maybe even everyday lives. It’s cool, calculated, and killer: #SVENNESS.
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