For SVENNESS Episode 3.9 we are at the Flandriencross in Hamme for the third round of the BPost Bank Troffee series. The track is one of the fastest we will see this year, which means the race takes on the look and feel of a road circuit race more than a cyclocross race. No mud or big run-ups to deal with but that doesn’t mean there isn’t excitement. This one is all go from the gun and the rare occasion in which multiple team leaders use teammates to strategically control the race.

Along with concentrating on team tactics, we also determine if riding or running the barriers at Flandriencross is faster and what is the most efficient way to carry your bike up a set of stairs with a turn at the top. This race is one of the first all out battles between Wout van Aert and Matthieu van der Poel. A scenario we suspect will repeat itself many times in the years to come.

Footage for this episode via Sporza.

Music by:

You Light Me Up~Evolfo:

Owls~A Drop of Blood:

Ronny’s Song~Mike Sill:

The Villain~Mesita:

Half Bad~White Reaper:

Dance With The Dead~The Entity:

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Thanks for watching.


8 thoughts on “SVENNESS 3.9

  1. Race of the year so far in my opinion. Maybe it wasn’t super technical or muddy but what excitement!

  2. Killer race and commentary! Also, I’m greatly enjoying the soundtracks to all these videos. So good. Thanks!

  3. I’m only just getting started with cyclocross and I’m absolutely loving these videos. Thanks so much for taking the time to put them together.

    I’m a little late to the party but how about VanAertia as in inertia?
    … I’ll get my coat.

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