The national title fights in cyclocross were not only held in Germany last weekend. The elite drivers also met in the other European countries and in the USA for a rendezvous.
A lot was written in the run-up to the Belgian title fights in Waregem: Some drivers described the course as too difficult, others too playful. The reigning world champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) was unimpressed by all of this, teaching the assembled competition a lesson and embarking on a long solo escape early on. In the end, Nys celebrated its ninth national championship title. Behind him, Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice) took second place ahead of Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea).
Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) again secured victory in the women's category.
1. Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) 1:05:09
2. Rob Peeters (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) 0:00:33
3. Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) 0:00:40
4. Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea) 0:00:53
5. Jim Aernouts (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) 0:00:56
1 Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) 0:44:29
2 Ellen Van Loy (Young Telenet-Fidea) 0:00:36
3 Githa Michiels (Trek – KMC) 0:00:54
4 Loes Sels (Young Telenet-Fidea) 0:01:43
5 Jolien Verschueren (DNCS/Towereye CT) 0:02:13
In Loštice, the race was more exciting than in previous years in the absence of the permanent winner Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). Nevertheless, Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah) managed to prevail in the end clearly ahead of Michael Boros (CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor) and Vladimir Kyzivat (Johnsons Controls AS Mlada Boleslav).
1. Martin Bina (Kwadro-Stannah) 1:03:54
2. Michael Boros (CEZ Cyklo Team Tabor) 0:00:43
3. Vladimir Kyzivat (Johnson's Controls AS Mlada Boleslav) 0:00:46
4. Radomir Simunek (Kwadro-Stannah) 0:01:04
5. Tomas Paprstka (Remerx – Merida Team Kolin)
Who will be two of the currently world's best crossers in his federation own like the spectators in Germany, can look forward to confident performances and a breathtaking performance by the two drivers. In Gieten, World Cup leader Lars van der Haar and reigning World Champion Marianne Vos dominated their respective races.
1. Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) 1:03:45
2. Corne Van Kessel (Telenet-Fidea) 0:00:59
3. Thijs van Amerongen (AA drink) 0:01:09
4. Thijs Al (Telenet-Fidea) 0:02:04
5. Eddy van Ijzendoorn (Natubalans-Apex) 0:02:18
In Lignières, Francis Mourey celebrated a national championship title for the eighth time in his career. He set a new record with it.
1. Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) 1:06:22
2. Fabien Canal (Armee de Terre EC) 0:00:31
3. Nicolas Bazin (US Domont Cyclisme) 0:00:32
4. Guillaume Perrot (EC St Etienne Loire) 0:00:32
5. Melvin Rulliere (Olympique de Dijon) 0:00:39
In the Scheiz, the race was balanced for a long time. Only a few hundred meters from the finish Lukas Flückiger was able to break away from a group of six and jubilantly enjoy winning the title. Behind him, Marcel Wildhaber and Simon Zahner took the places. Flückiger's team colleague Arnaud Grand made a note of a rather rare kind, who was so annoyed about his fourth place that he lodged a protest. The reason: Flückiger would have briefly left the track during the race and would therefore have to be disqualified.
In the women's category, Sina Frei won ahead of Katrin Leumann and Jane Nussli.
1. Lukas Flückiger (BMC)
2. Marcel Wildhaber (Scott)
3. Simon Zahner (EKZ)
The Austrian state championships were held in Vienna and ended for the defending champions with the same result as the year before. Also in 2014 Daniel Geismayr and Nadja Heigl can call themselves state champions.
Uwe Hochenwarter and Daniel Federspiel completed the men's podium. In the women's category, Silke Schrattenegger and Valerie Zeller climbed onto the podium alongside Heigl.
The defending champions celebrated again in Italy. While Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale) prevailed against Enrico Franzoi (Selle Italia) in the men's category, Eva Lechner (Colnago-Südtirol) won again in the women's category.
Marek Konwa and Paula Gorycka won in Poland.
In Luxembourg, there was no way around Christian Helmig (Differdange) this year either.
In the USA, the title fights were held in Boulder, Colorado and were a clear affair for the favorites. In the men's race, Jeremy Powers flexed his muscles right from the start. In the end he had a whopping lead over Ryan Trebon and Timothy Johnson. Defending champion Jonathan Page was sixth.
World Cup leader Katie Compton won the women's race. She also determined the race with a long solo.
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) 0:59:16
2. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale pb Cyclocrossworld) 0:00:43
3. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale pb Cyclocrossworld) 0:01:36
4. James Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) 0:02:32
5. Allen Krughoff (Raleigh Clement) 0:02:32
1. Katherine Compton (Trek) 0:42:36
2. Elle Anderson (California Giant) 0:00:49
3. Meredith Miller (California Giant) 0:01:19
4. Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) 0:01:20
5.Georgia Gould (Luna) 0:01:31
In Britain, Derby invited the national elite to battle the elements. once again Ian Field proved why he is celebrated on the island as a series winner. He confidently defended his title from the previous year.
In the women's category, the reigning European champion Helen Wyman (Kona) won, snatching the title from Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea).
1. Ian Field (Hargrove's Cycles)
2. Dave Fletcher (Orange Monkey)
3. Nick Craig (Scott UK)