In The Crosshairs

#SVENNESS 2.11 from the World Cup race that took place in Koksijde, Belgium, is a long one. But there's a lot to cover. This sandy monument of cyclocross has a lot of history, which we will touch on in the finale. The site has been the home to two World Championships and is always an exciting race to watch.

Racing in deep sand involves constant strategic changes. And, although, these riders have the power to churn through the deep stuff, doing so may not always be the best strategy. Conserving energy and picking your spots to go hard may be the better way to go.

During this race Wietse Bosmans crashed hard on a tricky sandy descent. He was taken off on a stretcher and spent the night in the hospital with a possible concussion. We left that out of the video. He's back to racing and turned in a nice 8th place performance at Kalmthout.

It's Koksijde so we are focused on sand: the lines to ride, when to run, where to remount. We also get a good look at Sven Nys' perseverance and Neils Albert's patience. Another theme that is beginning to form is that the "holeshot," has its advantages and is fun to track, it's not an end all, be all, to race success. If you have the legs and the race smarts, winning from behind is always a possibility.

This episode is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer, available at Also please check out all of the goodies, including cycling-related shirts, gloves and socks, available at

#SVENNESS 2.11 is also brought to you by CrossVegas, which takes place September, 10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendars now!

Footage for this episode via SporzaHD:


Eskimo Boy (URU Project Remix):

Stay Coloured~I Know the Chief:

Shame~All the Colours:

Salt~Bad Suns:

Birth in Reverse~St. Vincent:

Wu Tang Clan C.R.E.A.M.~Phoniks Remix:

Thanks for watching.

SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag are © 2013 William Schieken d/b/a CXHairs LLC


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