Hoogerheide Cyclo-cross World Cup on January 23, 2016 in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. Photo: Matthew Lasala

An overcast but dry and windless day greeted Mike albright and I at today's pre-ride for the final stop on the 2016 Cyclo-cross world cup in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. Recent rains at the site of the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships has made the course a bit muddy in places along with a few slippery turns. However with the current forecast calling for only occasional light rain between now and race time, I would not expect a super muddy course.

The race starts with a significant uphill charge on a newly paved road and then makes a sharp right turn onto the grass just before a very picturesque church and heads by pit #1.

The course then continues on a long path that winds through a grass field containing the VIP tent.

The course then winds back through the woods with a few short up and down dirt and grass sections.

The course then heads out a paved path and winds around a large dirt area where no spectators are allowed since the dirt was freshly moved in and is not stable enough to withstand a large group of people.

Riders then swing around and are faced with a freshly built 44 stair run-up followed by a final finishing stretch on pavement.

After the pre-ride we had some local frites and found some cool roundabout cycling art. Tomorrow should be a great race!

Thanks for reading. Much more coming tomorrow!

Matthew Lasala  Lasala Images

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