cyclecrossjan72014One month before the world’s Elite battle for the rainbow jersey, some of the best amateur cyclo-cross specialists competed in their own World Championships in Gossau, Switzerland.

The 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championships saw eleven titles awarded: the women raced in the 30+, 40+ and 50+ age groups, while the men’s categories went up to 65+.

The 2.5km circuit included a mixture of grass, gravel and asphalt. However with rain rendering the rolling course particularly muddy, it was the powerful riders who coped best during the two days of competition (January 4th and 5th).

France dominated proceedings, taking five of the 11 world titles at stake. The USA won three gold medals while one victory each went to Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany.

It was the first time that Gossau has hosted a UCI event, but the athletes were in good hands: President of the Organising Committee was Beat Wabel, a former professional athlete, World Juniors Champion in 1985 and five times Swiss Champion.

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships for Elite riders will take place in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands, on February 1 and 2.

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