Through the Eyes of a Specialist

2009 Cyclo-Cross World Championships
Hoogerheide, The Netherlands
January 31-February 1, 2009

CyclingRevealed is pleased to present the photographic work of Catherine Cagle who was on hand in Hoogerheide (Netherlands) to capture the World Cyclocross Championships.

Here at CyclingRevealed we felt that the Championships looked more like a regular Belgian criterium. It was fast, lacking in technical difficulty and for much of the time could have been mistaken as a road event. Naturally the weather played into that and had it been wet or snowy and icy, it would have been a different story. Also in our opinion, Katie Compton needs a good coach. A race strategy executed with good tactics would have seen her come away with the Rainbow Jersey. Catherine’s take on the championships:

“I thought it was a bit dull, other than the stairs, which I only got to for the women’s and the U23 race. The course was not very technical and with the conditions just hard and fast.  The physical area of the race was very tight and it is no surprise that it could not handle the impact of the crowds (about 30,000 at the men’s race). It was tough when they shut down the course on the men’s race, so I just got on the course (I had a press pass which was key) and stayed there the whole time. The town itself was lacking in infrastructure and seemed challenged by the crush of buses, people and activity. I think there was one road in and one road out.”  

“It was so sad that Katie (Compton) did not take the win, third is good but she should have had first. Turns out (Marianne) Vos, Netherlands was barely able to hang onto Hanka’s (Kupfernagel, Germany) wheel and Hanka said in the press conference that she did not think she could catch Katie.  Sigh – but needless to say Hanka did get Katie’s wheel which delivered the win to Vos.”

Check out our favorite shots from Catherine’s albums:

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Elite Men
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Sven Nys driving the pace with Thys Al and Lars Boom second and third

Zdenek Stybar leads the chase XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Niels Albert in the lead alone xXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Thijs Al and Lars Boom drive the chase group with Bart Wellens 3rd wheel

Belgian team dominance with Bart Wellens, Klaas Vantornout, and Sven Nys in control

American Jonathan Page chasing hard xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dutchmen Thijs Al and Lars Boom mark Sven Nys very closely

Belgian Niels Albert crossing the finish line for the victory

Elite Women
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American Katie Compton "Trou du diable” (the hole of the devil)

German Hanka Kupfernagel tows Marianne Vos in pursuit of Katie Compton

Marianne Vos sprints to the victory ahead of Kupfernagel and Compton

(L to R) Hanka Kupfernagel, Marianne Vos, and Katie Compton

U23 Men
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Frenchman Aurelien Duval breaking away early in the U23 race

German Philipp Walsleban shows the pain of the fast paced race

A solo Walsleban negotiates the stairs on the way to the victory

Danny Summerhill chasing hard on the stairs xxxxxxxxxxxx

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The aggressive start of the Junior race

Dutch junior Tijmen Eising soloed for the victory

American Gavin Mannion works hard to hold his place

An International chase group

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