New to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup calendar in 2013, the Dutch town of Valkenburg has been voted best event of the 2013-2014 season.
The World Cup awards ceremony took place in Hoogerheide (the Netherlands) on Thursday evening, two days before the start of the World Championships. The Valkenburg organisers took the honours in front of the Belgian hosts Namur and Heusden Zolder.
Composed mainly of riders, the jury was won over by the opening event of the World Cup season last October where the Dutch riders Lars Van der Haar and Marianne Vos were victorious on home ground. Van der Haar went on to take the overall classification with three victories and four podium spots during the seven-race season.
The ceremony also celebrated the winners of the 2013-2014 season: Lars Van der Haar (Men), Katherine Compton (Women), Mathieu Van der Poel (Under-23) and Adam Toupalik (Juniors). Around 100 people were at the ceremony, which was only lacking the presence of Mike Plant, President of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission, who was stranded in Atlanta due to snow.
The calendar for the 2014-2015 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be announced after the meeting of the UCI Management Committee on Saturday.
Photo: Winners of the 2013-2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup